More on Dragons
Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on dragons last week. I found everyone’s comments very helpful and its reassuring that my imagining of my dragons fits into the general wavelength of what I am working on.
This week I’m chewing over a very different problem. This project I’m working on is prose and involves dragons. Not a Dragon but a multitude of diverse dragons. In comics this is not a problem. I send the artist I’m working with very long and detail description of a dragon and he or she draws a dragon. In prose, I don’t want to bog the reader down in two pages of prose every time there is a new dragon sighted. So I need to develop a descriptive short hand for them and the confidence to not describe their physical characteristics every time they appear.
For example, ”Jalina bore herself through the crowd with a dancer’s grace, stepping around people as if they did not exist, her pale eyes never leaving the target of her pursuit.” In this sentence we can see Janlina, an image of her forms in the mind, even though we really have very little idea of what she looks like. We assume that she’s human, but what if she’s not?
“The dragoness they called Jalina bore herself through the crowd with a dancer’s grace, stepping around people as if they did not exist, her pale eyes never leaving the target of her pursuit.” What do you see then? What more information do I need to give the reader in this case, assuming you have not seen this character before?