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"Building a Better Dragon"copyright Brad W Foster 1998

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Building a Better Dragon

Building a Better Dragon

(An image from the Charwhimble Valley collection.)
Signed & numbered limited edition of 600


--PRINT IMAGE SIZE-- 10" X 13" (w x h)
--PRINT PAPER SIZE-- 4 1/2" X 12" (w x h)
--MATTED SIZE-- 7" X 14" (w x h)

   The folks of Charwhimble Valley live in a land where both magic and science have found a way to exist together, and often even work together! Ms. Miriam, the town's resident inventor, came up with the idea of a giant mechanical dragon, and approached Hobbsbobble the magician for help in making it all come together. (Part of that help was that he had a big enough spare room in his castle to build it in!) Here you can see Hobbs and his two apprentices, Sebastian and Antoinette, working to conjure up the proper heart-and-soul spell to give life to the metal shell, while Ms. Miriam stands on the scaffolding above, guiding in the placement of the complicated mechanical brain-pan that will let it think and move around.
   Little Bit, the town's only real dragon (sitting just behind and above Ms. Miriam), is watching this all with great amusement. Since the project started, he has pointed out to anyone who would listen that "Bigger doesn't always mean better, you know." He also knows that, at least for a little while longer, he will continue to be the only dragon in town. You see, if you look closely, you'll notice that the brain being lowered to plug into place in the head is much too large for the protective doors to close back over~ if it takes a step, the brain will fall out! While Ms. Miriam designed the original plans, different teams have been working on constructing the various parts and, like many such projects, small changes done here and there without consulting with anyone else have resulted in a major problem at the end! No one other than Little bit has noticed this yet, and he knows it will soon be back to the drawing board. (Fortunately for Ms. Miriam, as a good scientist she lives by the mottoes: "You can learn from every failure." and "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!")

--Info on the printing process, plus care & feeding instructions--
This is a limited-edition print, each copy signed & numbered by the artist. It is created from a film negative made directly from the original artwork, then retouched by the artist, and printed by offset lithography on Cougar-white paper stock. Mounting and matting materials are either low-acid or acid-free. To maintain the quality of this work, do not display it where it will be exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods, or to extremes of temperature or humidity. I also recommend that you look at it once it is up on your wall (at least six times a week is considered the minimum), or else it will get sad and lonely, and the tear-stains will make it look less attractive.

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