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Give-a-way!

October 24th, 2014 (02:05 pm)

To celebrate the success of the Kickstarter I'm giving away one random Happy Dragon over on their FaceBook page http://tinyurl.com/lfca96h

It will be one of the "test paints" so it will be a color that will not be release again ^_^

Contest ends on Halloween


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Kickstarter Last Day!

October 3rd, 2014 (10:23 am)

Only 10 hours to go on the Happy Dragons Kickstarter project

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1585212364/happy-dragons-whimsical-dragon-sculptures-by-nina

I've had a few people ask what is Kickstarter or why use it? Well basically it's like a pre-order. By pre-ordering you're helping the artist (me in this case ^_^) get the funds needed to launch a new product. Plus you get other incentives like Free shipping inside the US, pre-order discounts, and other free goodies. Oh & there are Kickstarter exclusive things too!

But don't worry if you missed out on the Kickstarter or just wanted to wait to see the finished dragons, they will be available soon. http://happy-dragons.com And I'll be sure to update once the Happy Dragons store goes "live"



3rd Happy Dragon "Day Dreamer"


4th Happy Dragon "Dragon's Horde"


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Happy Dragons Story & only 2 days to go!

October 1st, 2014 (12:27 pm)





With just a little over 2 days to go the project is coming to an end.



Again I can't express how happy I am or how grateful I am to all the backers! I know I've said it before but I love you all!!!


Happy Dragons Beginnings:



This sculpture line has been a dream of mine sense I first drew & sculpted what I called a Happy Dragon. I've drawn & sculpted dragons for as long as I can remember but the first "Happy Dragons" sculpture came to life sometime around 2004



First Ever &quot;Happy Dragon&quot;
First Ever "Happy Dragon"




2nd Ever &quot;Happy Dragon&quot;
2nd Ever "Happy Dragon"



As you can see Happy Dragons have had some major changes in the last 10 years. They have gone from Asian style dragons to Western style dragons but the cute look, small size & name always stuck. Oh & they are so much better sculpted now LOL






The first official "Happy Dragons" art started around 2007, tho I was drawing cute style dragons long before then. Growing up I wanted to be a Disney animator so my style has always been a bit on the "cute" side.






 I started doing a series of cute dragons doing everyday things like celebrating holidays or even enjoying a splash in the pool






 And don't worry the original Asian Dragon even made an appearance






I've continued this series of artwork to this day ^_^






The new & improved Happy Dragon sculpture was made in late 2013






And was the first to feature the cute style eyes like the artwork. All the Birthstone Dragons will have painted on "cute" eyes unless you pick to have just solid black eyes.


Then came January's Birthstone Dragon sculpture based off my art.






Which is now cast & waiting for paint!


And then there was "Mine!" the new & improved Happy Dragon






This little guy has definitely evolved from the early concepts in 2004.


So you can see Happy Dragons have come along way from their origins & I will continue to improve the dragons all the time. Again thank you all for allowing Happy Dragons to take flight!







3rd Happy Dragon &quot;Day Dreamer&quot;
3rd Happy Dragon "Day Dreamer"




3rd Happy Dragon &quot;Day Dreamer&quot;
3rd Happy Dragon "Day Dreamer"



"Day Dreamer" is the 3rd in the line of Happy Dragons & as a Kickstarter exclusives it will feature a real stone in the tail.



4th Happy Dragon &quot;Dragon&apos;s Horde&quot;
4th Happy Dragon "Dragon's Horde"




4th Happy Dragon &quot;Dragon&apos;s Horde&quot;
4th Happy Dragon "Dragon's Horde"



"Dragon's Horde" is the 4th in the line of Happy Dragons & will also be a Kickstarter exclusive that features a real stone in the tail.










Lots of dragons awaiting paint. I liked the look of the base colors so much that I wanted to share. If we make it past $7,000 I'll offer a cool dark color theme called "smoke" the dragons will be black & grey with green or red eyes, silver or gold horns and a metallic colored ball (not sure which color will look best yet)



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    Etsy Store FREE US Shipping

    September 13th, 2014 (10:25 am)

    Be sure to check out my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/NinaBolen
    Use the code FREESHIP at check out to get free shipping inside the US!

    http://etsy.me/1uupDIS <- use this link to get $5 toward your first Etsy purchase!


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    Happy Dragons Update!

    September 10th, 2014 (02:32 pm)

    New update! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1585212364/happy-dragons-whimsical-dragon-sculptures-by-nina/posts/981514

    Another stretch goal reached! New reward added, and new Deluxe Sculpture unlocked!!


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    Another Kickstarter Happy Dragons Sculptures Update!

    August 23rd, 2014 (01:25 pm)

    Only 5 left of the special $20 pre-order price of the 1st Happy Dragon!
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1585212364/happy-dragons-whimsical-dragon-sculptures-by-nina


    Work in progress of the 2nd Happy Dragon
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    Kickstarter Happy Dragons Sculptures Update!

    August 14th, 2014 (10:15 pm)

    We're now 123% funded! I've added stretch goals & new rewards CLICK HERE

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    Kickstarter Happy Dragons Sculptures Update!

    August 13th, 2014 (12:49 pm)

    1st Happy Dragon titled "Mine!" is all sculpted & ready to be cast. Just waiting on materials to get here. To pre-order your very own Happy Dragon go here~https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1585212364/happy-dragons-whimsical-dragon-sculptures-by-nina

    Only a few special pre-order prices left! These little guys will be $25 + shipping later on so you can get one for only $20 + free shipping if you're inside the USdragon6
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    Kickstarter Happy Dragons Sculptures

    August 10th, 2014 (03:58 pm)

    Happy Dragons! Whimsical Dragon Sculptures.

    Help me create a full line of cute collectable dragon figurines.

    I love sculpting & I have always wanted to start my very own line of collectable dragons.  As a fellow dragon collector I love the idea of small affordable sculptures. So my goal is to get the equipment & materials needed to do resin castings in larger amount. If I order in large quantities I save money & then that saves can be past on to the customer!


    I hope to produce a full line of cute "Happy Dragons"

    To find out more & how you can order your very own Happy Dragon

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1585212364/happy-dragons-whimsical-dragon-sculptures-by-nina

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    Belladonna Lacewing a one-of-a-kind Female Goblin Doll

    July 16th, 2013 (12:12 pm)

    Meet "Belladonna Lacewing" She stands about 9" tall, is fully posable & 100% hand-made. CLICK HERE

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