Dragon of the Deep
Posted 2 years ago and submitted by Ollie Ray | Share link: http://illo.cc/71310

This was a piece inspired by the mythology of chaos versus order. Perhaps as a result of our evolutionary history, the primordial reptilian predator remains a powerful symbol in many major religions, and the motif of the great flood or tempest is one that recurs across cultures. I wanted an image to represent each individual’s struggle against these forces of chaos, in as simple and archetypal a way as possible.

The image was influenced in part by Hokusai’s famous “Great Wave off Kanagawa”. The rest was drawn from my own imagination.

Ollie Ray
Fareham, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Ollie! I'm a freelance illustrator from the UK, specialising in cartoons, character design and children's illustration. A graduate of Winchester School of Art, I've illustr… Show more.

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Profile updated 13th June, 2018
Member since 21st December, 2016
I have known Ollie Ray for some time now and, indeed, he became the illustrator for three of my books after I shortlisted him from a large number of illustrators who responded to my advertising. It was a decision that I have never regretted. As you will no doubt see from his portfolio, he is an accomplished young artist who is able to adapt his styles to suit most genres. He has proved to be a highly personable young man, dedicated to his work, affable - and a stickler for deadlines too!
— John Clement, Author, "Stories from Giant, Witch & Fairyland" and "Down at the Bookies"