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Cockatrice by arvalis Cockatrice by arvalis
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.

This one was one of the earliest I did on the project, the cockatrice. For some reason I've always had a fondness for cockatrices, probably because of how often they showed up in old jrpg's. I wanted to be true to the old depictions of the creature but bring an air of realism to its design. I know the rules about cockatrice eyes turning things to stone are a bit nebulous, but I thought it might be a neat thing if they had to close their eyes when drinking water so they don't turn it to stone. Would be super neat if thats the only time a dragon slayer has a safe chance of taking them out. You know what they say, its easiest to manipulate a cock when its thirsty.

Others from this Project
European Dragon by arvalis  Svara by arvalis  Wyvern by arvalis  Chinese Dragon by arvalis  Zilant by arvalis 


Photoshop CC: 12 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books

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:iconsryates:
sryates Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ohhh Man I always loved this mythological beast! I thought the myth was kind of funny in how they come to be, the whole chicken egg laid by a rooster then incubated by a toad and while the beast is by no means lacking being scary you really did it justice.
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:iconchickenboo2:
chickenboo2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
loving it
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:icontophxomi:
tophxomi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the addition of Dromaeosaur claws.
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:icondrawingdinopro:
DrawingDinoPro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ascended.
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:iconnightshade1208:
nightshade1208 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
i love the lense flare. looks like it could be one of those "omae wa moue shinderu" memes
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:iconkiwi-the-wyvern:
Kiwi-The-Wyvern Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
also known as the chicken dragon... by me at least
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:iconjaradsirsquatalot:
JaradSirSquatalot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe this is fuckin sweet
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:iconscottishkidthatdraws:
*insert gmm theme here*
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:icondavidstrife1:
davidstrife1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Let's talk about that.
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:iconironwarchiefwarsong:
Ironwarchiefwarsong Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Those raptor like claws are a nice touch
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:icontsukigalaxy:
TsukiGalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool!
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:iconpotatowallpaper:
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Show this to theodd1sout..

he'll know it.
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:iconaerialtyrant:
aerialTyrant Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
GMM
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:iconsamrader:
samrader Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Contact good mythical morning...
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:iconjaxdahax:
JaxDaHax Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Went with the folklore style basilisk? I love it! 
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:iconsamrader:
samrader Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Ya, it looks like there little chicken dragon thingy, but a lot more detailed.
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:iconniobesnuppa:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   Digital Artist
Never have I seen a chicken look this badass.
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:icongreaseroach:
GreaseRoach Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The Yi Qi wings are a great touch.
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:iconundeviating:
Undeviating Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Can I use this as an avatar on Cockatrice?
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:iconcrimsoncreations101:
CrimsonCreations101 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes
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:iconhappymilkxd:
HappyMilkXD Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
I've got a question: what is truly a dragon? Because I've seen a lot of creatures from that project that don't fit in what I would think is a dragon, like the tarasque or now the cockatrice.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Theres not a hard definition for being a dragon. 
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:iconyikyik:
YikYik Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one's pretty cool! I like the way it looks. :) One of the best cockatrices out there.
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:icondeathgun4:
deathgun4 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Hybrid I see
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:iconatlantis0815:
Atlantis0815 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
This is really original, fantastic work. 
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:iconjoannakatrzyna:
JoannaKatrzyna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Kuroliszek. Very nice drawing.
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:iconfenixportopontes:
FenixPortoPontes Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Would the basilisk be a distinct dragon or would it be the same species as the cockatrice by your research? I don't know, maybe the difference could be attributed to sexual dimorphism in this more real feel of these dragons...
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:iconfirewolf2023:
FireWolf2023 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
So cool
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:iconmisterprickly:
misterprickly Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is by far, one of my favorite mythical creatures!

I've read storied where they have a "death stare" combined with a "death touch".
Even stabbing it with a spear can spell your doom!

The only way I've heard of it being killed is with a mirror as it falls victim to it's own stare.

A truly dangerous being!
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:iconcalypsoeclipse:
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
That's pretty tight. :O
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:iconmisterprickly:
misterprickly Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
ya!
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:icondiebruder:
diebruder Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gallimimus
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:iconundercityiv:
UndercityIV Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Damn these are some the best looking mythological creatures Ive ever seen anyone create. Exceptional work as always.
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:iconkiyanchi1:
kiyanchi1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student General Artist
tloz cuccos on steroids.
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:iconjayzskippedlegday:
JayZSkippedLegDay Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of a basilisk
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:iconvionixsc:
vionixsc Featured By Owner Edited Apr 29, 2017
Very clever, use fusion between animal !
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:icontheguywhorapedspace:
theguywhorapedspace Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 its easiest to manipulate a cock when its thirsty.
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:iconhuaidax:
HUAIDAX Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
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:iconquickman100:
quickman100 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2017
That is easily the most intimidating picture of a cockatrice I have ever seen. The eyes really make it terrifying.
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:iconglitchdove:
Glitchdove Featured By Owner Edited Apr 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
What a handsome boy! A good, wholesome boy
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:iconisaacchamplain:
IsaacChamplain Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
All hail the mighty cock! Worship Chicken//Buk buk 
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:iconsarythewolf:
SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scariest chicken ever. The raptor claws are a nice touch.
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:iconk-oz-will:
K-OZ-Will Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
This thing would be right at home in a Monster Hunter game.
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:iconshalia-windterra:
Shalia-windterra Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
goooooooood mythical morning!!
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:iconblackthornrose:
BlackThornRose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I never heard of this version of the cockatrice before but man, am I intrigued!! :la: I'm totally diggin' your take on this, thanks for sharing~!
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:iconblindeyetwist:
BlindEyeTwist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
amazing :)
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:iconfenixportopontes:
FenixPortoPontes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Would the Basilisk be a dragon also then? I love your work by the way xD
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:icon1benedict:
1BeneDict Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017   Photographer
Soo cool!! o.o
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:iconlukky:
Lukky Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love that you gave it a raptor claw! <3
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:iconthe-stoneforest:
The-sToneForesT Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
GOOOOODDD MMYYTTHHIICCAAALLL MMOOORRRNNIINNGGG
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