January tends to be a time of research and development for me. I’ve finished all of the custom orders that come around the holiday season, and I can spend some time thinking about what new art dolls I want to bring to life.
As soon as I premiered the wingless Eastern Dragons earlier this year, I started getting requests from customers to paint up that dragon pattern to look like Haku from Spirited Away. I actually experimented with using Haku’s colors to simply make a white and green Eastern Dragon, but it just didn’t look right to me and I was sure it wouldn’t fulfill peoples’ expectations. And so, rather than just making a “palette swap” version of the existing Eastern Dragon in Haku’s colors, I chose to create an all-new River Spirit Dragon instead!
Even though I depleted the majority of my dragons, eastern dragons and pipe foxes at Anime Boston 2018 in April, I haven’t had the opportunity to fully replenish my Etsy shop yet because I’ve been fulfilling a lot of custom commissions that customers requested at the event and through my shop. And one of the customs that I’m most proud of is this new Asian-styled dragon model, inspired by the Temeraire series of novels!