This design was requested by someone very close to me, so I really wanted it to come out perfectly. I spent a lot of time thinking about the aspects of dragons and what makes a dragon a dragon. Well, all this pondering and sketching actually summoned a dragon in real life! A Gila monster, to be precise. I had stepped outside for some fresh air and I ran into this beautiful, giant, black and orange lizard. This is especially strange because I live too far north for Gila monsters, yet there he was. He was beautiful, bold, moved at his own pace, and was just a bit intimidating. And just like that, I had my inspiration for my dragon, full of magic and power.