Gold Dragon for PAX West 2016

When someone asks if you could transform Chris Perkins into a Gold Dragon, you say “Yes!”

Embracing the Asian (mainly Chinese) inspiration for the Gold Dragons’ appearance and behavior, I drew on my personal Chinese heritage and designed a costume reminiscent of traditional Han Dynasty-era robes (the hanfu).

The long full sleeves are shaped to resemble the dragon’s sail-like wings and were made with a sheer, creased fabric (it wasn’t quite as stiff as organza, but stiffer than chiffon). When his arms are at rest, the tips fall just above the floor.

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The main robe features sporadic sections of dragon scale texture, made using the technique from the Game of Thrones costume designer (see below).

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The front flap was painted with draconic script. In many robes, this flap features some kind of embroidery.

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The waist is defined by a wide belt or pseudo- corset in a bronze stretch fabric to mimic the leathery underbelly plates. The overlapping sections were inspired by this leather doublet.

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The mask, claws, and shoulder armor were designed and created by Amanda Sharpe. The claws were attached to a pair of stretch gloves to wear under the wing-sleeves. You should really check out her page. Her artwork and leatherwork are amazing. 

This is my second original costume design. I’m incredibly proud of it and you can read a bit more about my design process in the October issue of Dragon+ Magazine.

I think Chris rocked the costume on stage. If you are a D&D fan and missed the game, you can catch it here:

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2 thoughts on “Gold Dragon for PAX West 2016

  1. I’m behind in my reading. DAMN this is fine. I mean, wow. Stellar work.

    I got no words, obviously. But… DAMN. Thank you for making stuff this wonderful. Makes the world better.

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