Dark colors and vulnerable souls were what I saw when I observed Ships in a Stormy Sea off a Coast by Ludolf Backhuysen. This painting was able to capture movement through the waves and the sky. When I first glanced at this piece, the sky and the tumbling ships were what first caught my attention. I liked how the sky lightened to the right. The brooding colors of the clouds with a light blue showing through inspired my background. I knew that I wanted to incorporate the gloom but also add some aspects of light to contrast the darkness. This is seen in my background which lightens slightly from left to right and in the bright, bolt of icy light coming from the top dragon. I was inspired to do ice instead of fire because Backhuysen’s work left me with a cold feeling. My eyes then traveled to the water, and the powerful waves were devastating the fleet of ships. Which is what inspired me to paint a dragon and a small heroine. The concept of something large and powerful overtaking something vulnerable, such as with the sea and the ships, led me to create a dragon fighting a small warrior at an obvious disadvantage.
I decided to paint the dragons a dark blue and green much like the dark sea in Backhuysen’s painting. I liked the movement of the waves, and I wanted to represent that in the necks and scales of the dragon. As the foam of the waves reminded me of the layered scales on the fabled creatures. I also made the dragon two-headed to make it larger and more dangerous, like the sea.
Overall, I was inspired by the colors and situation of Backhuysen's painting, which is reflected in the painting of my two-headed dragon.