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Chinese Dragon

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Last year I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work on a dragon book for Scholastic by way of Becker&Mayer Books. I got to take a crack at designing 16 different mythical dragons from all over the world for a book called Sink Your Teeth Into Dragons.

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
Cockatrice by arvalis  Svara by arvalis  European Dragon by arvalis  Wyvern by arvalis  Zilant by arvalis 

Photoshop CC: 18 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books


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The Purussaurus stands tall on the land of the Central Plains !(a joke)

In fact, the early prototype of the Chinese dragon is said to have reference to the Tomistoma schlegelii and the Crocodylus porosus. I hope this can be helpful to you.

Anyway, it's a bold attempt.