Dragon 2 sketches!
Back in 2010 when the first movie came out, I was OBSESSED with their racehorse type of riding, the character design, the mechanics of the saddle, EVERYTHING. I wrote entire essays on livejournal including ‘studies’, and harassed the designer of the saddle for answers on deviantart.
I’ve always had an interest in character design and feature animation, but looking back, this movie really sparked something serious in me. Dreamworks studio seemed further away than the moon (still does) but for the first time I felt like looking in the kitchen and actually understanding what was going on.
By then I was in the final stage of med school and didn’t entertain any serious ambitions towards design. But I remember the immense joy this movie and my new discoveries gave me, purely as a hobby.
Never in a million years would my clumsy younger self have guessed that by 2014 I’d be a full-time character designer in a city halfway across the world, sitting in a cinema in Vancouver to watch the sequel.
In short: I owe a LOT to the people behind these films. Thank you.