Moth Orchid Dragon by Sam Soper - Mural Art & Illustration
This design is part of the shirt design challenge Huey's Quest: Fruit of the Dragon that continues until February 22nd, 2023. This shirt is a preorder and will ship after the contest ends if the design reaches over 10 sales. If the design doesn't reach the minimum, all orders will be refunded. Let's support these artists so everyone has a successful quest!
You wake up one cold, winter morning, check on your orchids, and find this cutie wrapped around a freshly bloomed stalk. None of your orchids were ready to bloom, let alone even put off stalks, but here they are, like the first day of spring. The moth orchid dragon takes a big sniff of the fragrant flowers, winks at you with a smirk, and flies out of the room; new growth blooming beneath them.
The dragon was inspired by a moth orchid I rescued from a friend's front bushes in New Orleans last February, which is in its first bloom cycle in the middle of winter. The passing solstice always brings happy reminder that spring is on the horizon. This year, my orchids blooming was a bonus gift, resurrecting me from my annual winter malaise. Oh, to be a tiny dragon friend coiled around my orchids' stalks, bringing new blooms into being! Keeping with theme, the dragon's wings and heart-shaped nose antennae are loosely based on those of the atlas moth.
by Sam Soper - Mural Art & Illustration
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