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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.

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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victorialampini's avatar


Most badass chicken ever!! :clap:

CharlieTheArtist7's avatar
Simply amazing artwork. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
PaintedSNEK's avatar

Technically it’s my brothers, but we bought the book in a school fair!
EvanKlein1's avatar
heh velociraptor feet ;)
HoracetheHushed's avatar
Best bois honestly. Probably my 4th favorite beast (order being Kirins, Dragons, Chimeras, and Cockatrices). I have no idea where my love of Cockatrices started, but I always drew them (along with the others) as a kid.
sryates's avatar
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.
tophxomi's avatar
I love the addition of Dromaeosaur claws.
nightshade1208's avatar
i love the lense flare. looks like it could be one of those "omae wa moue shinderu" memes
Kiwi-The-Wyvern's avatar
also known as the chicken dragon... by me at least
JaradSirSquatalot's avatar
hehe this is fuckin sweet
*insert gmm theme here*
davidstrife1's avatar
Let's talk about that.
Ironwarchiefwarsong's avatar
Those raptor like claws are a nice touch
PotatoWallpaper's avatar
Show this to theodd1sout..

he'll know it.
Contact good mythical morning...
JaxDaHax's avatar
Went with the folklore style basilisk? I love it! 
Ya, it looks like there little chicken dragon thingy, but a lot more detailed.
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