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There comes a time in every dragon’s life when they have the urge to become a legend. The most fearsome and famous of dragons have been stitched onto tapestries for snatching themselves the richest of princesses to barter ransom, besting battalions over a spit, and becoming legends remembered in hushed voices and candlelight. Said most fearsome and famous of dragons are emblazoned on rich threads of gold and scarlet because they have been skewered by a thousand knights’ arrows. There is no great gain from kidnapping royalty other than the attention.
But mountain caves can only fit one dragon at a time, and the woodland critters flee when you stretch out your wings in the sunlight for a breath of warm air. Your mother and her mother before her have gushed about the thrill of kidnapping princesses but it has been a long time since either of them have graced the earth. There comes a time in every dragon’s life when they realise that they are desperately lonely.
As there are a limited number of monarchies within close distance of your mountain range, it is plausible that another dragon has staked a claim on the royal daughter. There are several alternatives to princesses that a dragon can consider.
THE JESTER: It will not be as enjoyable as you think. Within ten minutes he will sweat the paint off of his face, and even you will cringe at how thick a mask he wears in court. You will not hear him laugh once, but then again, neither do anyone else. You best swallow him whole, as nothing terrorizes a town more than hearing the clown cry.
THE BEGGAR: The town will suddenly think of you less as a nuisance and more of a convenience. You can be rest assured that no one will come with pitchforks into your cave. But there is little thrill when no one puts up a fight, and the beggar–once he realizes that there is no one who will pray for him–will stop giving you one. One night you may find him crawling between your teeth himself, and he will not even scream when you snap your jaws in surprise.
THE BLACKSMITH: The danger is not what scraps of sharp metal he may have down his boot once you snatch him from his anvil. The danger is when he notices how your scales glimmer, and how the edges nick his skin. Your scales are your comfort and pride, but to the blacksmith they are bags of gold. Be warned–you may suddenly wake up to find your hide raw and bleeding, stripped bare of what protects you. And if you weep from the pain, humans and dragons alike will scoff. You have teeth, don’t you, they would say. Why didn’t you just guard yourself?
THE PRINCE: An unrecommended substitute. Princesses could charm you as they outwitted you, or share stories of their home life, could talk with you for hours and hours because no one in the castle would lend an ear to collectibles that are expected to be seen and saved and never heard. Princes, on the other hand, are accustomed to hold out their hand to demand what they want. They have never needed to bargain before, so they would drive swords up your snout before you could even introduce yourself.
THE KNIGHT: You may have kidnapped him, but your skin will crawl when you feel his eyes follow you around the cave, how he will lick his lips at the thought of you and press deeply against your leathery belly to picture how deeply his knife will sink in. Yes, he may have dropped his sword along the way, or left his spear in the armory, but the hunger never leaves the hunter. Knights depend on valor to become legends, and you are nothing but a trophy to be hung on the wall. You will be too afraid to fall asleep in your own cave.
THE MIDWIFE: You expect her to cry and faint in fear of you, but the midwife hollers at howling women and screaming babies to settle her stomach. You expect her to tremble at death, but she knows above all else how stalwart a life can be when it wriggles through the impossible. She is accustomed to clawing through blood and pain to seek even the smallest morsel of life. Do not resist; she will find that warm glow of life behind your iron scales and bellowing fire and see you for the frightened, needy creature that you are.
Enter a world full of pastels and light airy illustrations that will make you feel a range of emotions you can’t even explain. Meet SARLIS, the artist behind this stunning work seemingly pulled from a Ghibli film, the style is unique and fresh, you just have to take a second to breath when viewing her portfolio.
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Sarah Lasater, freelance artist and creator of Sarlis. I operate a mini business out of my tiny apartment in Washington, DC, but mostly try to enjoy life and take things as they come.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I tend to have a calm and optimistic perspective about life, and most of the things I draw reflect that. I try to notice the subtle details in people and the environment because they make me the happiest.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the art industry?
It’s hard to say nowadays because amazing artists exist everywhere, but I think my particular style has developed a lot over the past year or two and people notice that the most. I’m also a landscape architect, so I have a keen interest in plant palettes and urban design.
Could you give our readers any advice when it comes to opening their own shop? Do you have any key pieces of advice?
Let it inspire you! The best thing about running an online shop is that I am always thinking about the next thing I want to create – it’s basically an endless cycle. Creating my store set being a full-time artist in motion for me.
Who are the characters in your work? Could you introduce us to a few of your dearest OCs?
I tend to draw new characters with every illustration, although they are all in a way variations of myself or the people around me. I draw people as a way to express how I feel at the moment, or where I’ve been, or what I want to wear. It took me a long time to realize that!
Could you tell us a bit about your use of color? What do the specific colors that are most prominent in your work mean to you?
Using a light color palette is like looking at life through rose-colored glasses. It’s a way for me to show how I see the world in an optimistic, dreamy sort of way. I’ve recently come to love black and white as well and the simplicity of it.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I try to spend as much time as I can out in the sun. I take advantage of nice days by going on walks around the city or bringing a sketchbook to a coffee shop. I get stuck in art block as much as anyone else, but being outside always refreshes my energy. I try to work out a lot and drink tea too, which helps!
What’s a typical day for you?
Wake up early, eat cereal, work on commissions, various personal projects, restocking for conventions, and whatever else I need to do. I’ll usually take a break and grab lunch somewhere new or walk to a coffee shop in the afternoon. I get to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend Will during the day, which is super nice. Work more, gym, cook dinner and probably watch a movie, play a video game, or go to a show. Life is nice right now!
What are some of your goals for 2016? Where do you see yourself in the future?
I hope to follow through with some cool projects and collaborations with other artists. I’m going to be at a lot of conventions over the next year, so I want to continue creating new apparel, zines, and illustrations. I like to think I’ll be able to continue pursuing whatever artistic challenge I create for myself in the future as well as right now.
What makes you happy?
Fruit, earl grey tea, house plants, taking walks, meeting new people, big dogs, breakfast, bath bombs, gel pens, lots of simple things! But more than anything, I’m happy trying to pursue my goals and explore.
Any closing comments?
It can be very hard to do exactly what you want to do, but if you put your whole self into it it’s worth it! Work hard and love life!