It seems like the dragon motif is a popular theme for tessellations. I have completed at least three different forms of dragons that tile the plane and have been working on the enclosed dragon tessellation for a couple of months. Its a new tessellation design in a P3 group (Do3 Polya) and has an interesting motif of a little dragon similar to the dragon figures in my background header. I've chosen to include a template if you want to print it out and color it. I am also including two color variations or versions. Overall I am quite pleased with the outcome; however my ultimate goal is to create an icosahedron with the motif and also a picture story with the dragons running around the page.
I'm not sure if and when I will get around to that as it seems like I get further and further behind with my ideas and the completion of the images than I can possibly complete. Hopefully you will try your hand at making these types of tessellations and even creating an icosahedron. There are many templates for these on the internet. If you choose to make this into a three dimensional figure you will need two of the templates and will need to very accurately cut them out. I have not matched the outlines so will not guarantee they fit together well. One thing is for certain drawing them in two dimensions is difficult enough and the accuracy that is needed for creating a three dimensional object requires even more precision. There are a number of computer generated tessellation programs on the web which may help your quest. I however try to use hand drawn methods and tracing paper. Figure 1 - Dragon P3 Template. Figure 2- Dragons P3 Blue and Green. Figure 3 Dragons P3 Red and Orange.
Michael Wilson has been creating tessellation art for over 30 years and is preparing this blog to share thoughts on the subject.