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"The Guardian"

The idea for this character sequence was born a long time ago.
I really liked the idea of a woman (likely royalty or someone of great importance) setting out on a long journey, over a great period (both in time and distance) as the protector of this egg, as it's guardian.

I wanted this to be almost like a secret and royal envoy, or an official delivery of something so important (this one egg) and so I decided to add an element of a royal presence with the official dragon stamp upon the egg, itself. (Detail shot of that, below).

Now, I know what you are thinking:
Q: "Ashley, if there's a dragon's egg, will there be a dragon?"
A: ::shrugs shoulders:: ;)

I cannot even begin to describe how much work went into building that egg (there are actually veines/vines growing in and out of it, and the stamping itself was insanely challenging as well)

It's been verrrrry fun writing a darker fairytale and anything can happen. I'm praying the weather holds here in the (beginning to get frigid) midwest just long enough to shoot 4 more characters this season. I know that's ambitious but, hey, why not. (The leaves are already turning, and nights already freezing).

** A shot of the egg detailing can be seen on my flickr stream, here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebottlebellphotography/6173141545/

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