I love to draw whimsical illustrations. As a young elf, my mother exposed me to many stories with these types of characters. I even had a favorite human book, Gnomes, by Wil Huygen.
When I was little, I used to know an elf named Helga. She took care of the younger elves until our parents got off from work. Helga had curly hair and was from the elven forests of Iceland. More importantly, she was amazing at drawing. I thought her talent was incredible.
We often begged Helga to draw for us. Her favorite subject was monsters and she refused to draw anything that was simply pretty or whimsical. If you asked her to draw a knight, it would become a vampire knight. I was wildly impressed by her drawing skills.
One day she drew a pink dragon and she gave it to me. In my eyes, it was the most fantastic illustration of a dragon ever made. Many times, I tried to copy the colors and life in the drawing. Copying this dragon became essential practice to develop my own drawing style.
Helga gave me the dream of being an illustrator elf and creating my own worlds just out of colors and paper.
Today, I have come far enough that I can draw my own dragons, but I still have that pink dragon drawing on the wall here in the workshop. The paper has been worn a lot and the corners are tattered, but it is the most valuable piece of artwork I have and it still inspires me.