This Chinese dragon, or lung, was one of the designs I was most looking forward to working on for this project. I thought it would be cool to base it on reptiles native to China and other Asian territories. My chief inspirations were Chinese alligators and earless monitors as if it wasn't super obvious. I had never been super into the traditional Chinese dragon look so I wanted to design one that felt more naturalistic and more up my alley. This was another one of my favorite pieces from this series, I learned a whole ton from this process.
Others from this Project
Photoshop CC: 18 hours
15 pounds? that seems very light for such a creature over 60 meters long. Then again, maybe it is full of helium inside it. that is how it is able to fly without wings. By floating and swimming in the air?
When I was younger, I was at least a little afraid of dragons. This was strange, because I remember playing with a Chinese dragon puppet at my great-grandparents' home every Sunday (I'm not Chinese, if you're wondering) and also with a more Western plastic dragon among my many animal figurines and action figures. Many of them - and yours in particular above! - are frightening because they combine the attributes of two very nasty reptiles: crocodiles and snakes.
I'm interested to know if there really were once "dragons" in China. The only "real dragon" I can think of, of course, is the Komodo dragon of Indonesia. Perhaps there were Komodos throughout all of Asia at one time?
One book I read tried to scientifically explain how the heck they fly without wings, and had a lengthy chapter on how they eat limestone and mix it with their stomach acid to fill chambers across their body and inflate, using a swimming motion to basically swim through the air like a fat fish.