I can’t cover the topic of dragon art without mentioning Michael Whelan. He’s been an amazing talent and influence in SF/Fantasy for decades. Here’s the gallery on his web site. Please do check it out.
Whelan’s greatest and most recognizable contribution has been through his book covers. Beginning in the late 1970s, he created images that defined many of our favorite series. Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein, C. J. Cherryh, Steven King, Robin Hobb, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, Barbara Hambly, H. Beam Piper, and so many others, all owe part of their success to Whelan’s outstanding work.
For me, the most important covers were for Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern books. I adored these books when I read the first one while in high school, and I spent many happy years writing Pern fan fiction as part of Telgar Weyr (5th Pass).
Every moment I look at Whelan’s gallery, I find myself silently crying, “Oh! I remember that one.” I bet you will, too.