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Naga by arvalis Naga 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 for a book called Sink Your Teeth Into Dragons.

Boy this one was fun. I was given some reference to Thai Nagas, which I had never heard of prior to this project. They have a serpent body with like 5-9 heads or something like that so I thought it would be very cool if they all sort of shared a mouth. This is an idea I definitely want to expand upon in other design, so flippin' cool. Those teeth sure were a pain to paint under that tight deadline though. You'd think I'd have learned by now but nope, ambitious design ideas to a fault. 

Others from this Project
Cockatrice by arvalis  Svara by arvalis  Wyvern by arvalis  Zilant by arvalis  Chinese Dragon by arvalis  Zmey Gorynych by arvalis 

Photoshop CC: 8 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books

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:iconexempdent:
Exempdent Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Friend: There's nothing to fear about large bodies of water.

Me: I don't fear water, I'm scared of what swims below it.

Friend: Like what.

Me: *Shows image*
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:iconelzataerinn:
elzataerinn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
Ooookay..... I can only say that the semi-melded mouths just look weird.... but if that's what you're aiming for, jackpot :)
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:iconwolfgodxdddd:
wolfgodXDDDD Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
am thai i love it 
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:iconmonlenz:
Monlenz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you got the inspiration from a Thai creature called Payanak?
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:iconwerecatqueenstamps:
Wow...looks like a snake and a hydra's love child
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:iconhooksnfangs:
hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa! Such "Fantastic Beasts" you got here lol
Awesomely done with this one. 
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:icondawnisworst:
DawnIsWorst Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
honestly i'd swim away as fast i could ;w;
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:iconspireex:
SpireEx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is scary enough for a movie! :heart:
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:icondragonriderabens:
dragonriderabens Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
I have but one thing to say to this...thing
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLcmT…
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:iconcommanderozevolved:
CommanderOzEvolved Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will torpedoes kill it? Or do we have to grab an MOAB?
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:icondragonriderabens:
dragonriderabens Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
I would go with either a Fat Man or a BFG 9000
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:iconpotatowallpaper:
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o crap that's terryfing
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:iconkennywondershit911:
KennyWondershit911 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017
why am i imagining vikings fighting this thing
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:iconpyuayunibasaruchuse:
PyuayunibasaruChuse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Because you're thinking of vikings, it would be surprising if you didn't imagine them fighting this thing.
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:iconquitra:
quitra Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are an incredible artist.
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:iconprimordialnothingnes:
Creepy and awesome
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Markthekobald Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Very c
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:iconchoujux:
ChoujuX Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy cow...
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:iconalienops25:
alienops25 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
wow!
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:icondiebruder:
diebruder Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
macabro
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:iconhussein--ali:
Hussein--Ali Featured By Owner May 2, 2017   General Artist
You are one of the best.
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:iconwalruscanart:
WalrusCanArt Featured By Owner May 1, 2017
Your ambitious ideas are always a pay-off, imo. I've always had a soft spot for inventive concepts over form.
Of course, you've perfected both.
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AnohaVestala Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah.
Never thought I would see this kind of representation of a Naga.
I had read and heard a few minor mentions to them and seen mostly just variants that looked highly similar to a Hydra with multiple heads, but this puts a whole new twist on things.
Nicely done and great work!
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:icontomprime99:
tomprime99 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
Ummm..no, thanks. I'd choose life.
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:iconpharmmajor:
pharmmajor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017
Well... I definitely wouldn't want to encounter this creature.
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:iconbhavasindhu:
Bhavasindhu Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
Interesting variation on the theme. 
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:iconkoniperdomo:
KoniPerdomo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Nightmares, yey!
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:iconskypotatofire:
SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
 Tremendous art.
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:iconwlj0-0:
WLJ0-0 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017
Beautiful
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:iconltdemonlord:
LtDemonLord Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If Final Fantasy needs more enemies, Square Enix should look here for inspiration.
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:iconjedispectre-117:
JediSpectre-117 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017
...
I'd like to have a talk with the person that told me naga were half snake half human.
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:iconrey-lich:
Rey-lich Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
the strange ever-smiling face of the pythons fused make it horriflyng, i love it.
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:iconpulsarium:
Pulsarium Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Well, ain't that terrifyin'?
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:icondaeslune:
DaesLune Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Nah, I didn't need to sleep tonight anyway. Nightmare fuel is just as good!
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:iconmimi9911a:
Mimi9911a Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have bought the book recently at my local book fair, and it is amazing I could see the artist of the wonderful dragon illustrations here on DA ^~^ These are incredible, keep up the great work!
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:iconcorporal-chaordic:
Corporal-Chaordic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
HELLO!!
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:iconspokenolive:
SpokenOlive Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, Ah, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!

Thank you for my new nightmare.
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:iconmenacorn:
Menacorn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
OnO 
Hhhh!!!!
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:iconxstreamchaosofficial:
XStreamChaosOfficial Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit this is epic
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:icondracogale:
DracoGale Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This. Is. Horrifying.
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:iconjordan-uncia:
Jordan-Uncia Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome :D
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:iconsnowbird12:
snowbird12 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
awesome realistic detail
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! :jawdrop:
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Awesome
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:iconkelshray:
Kelshray Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It is creepy and cool! Love your realistic details!
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:icondestroyersanspapyrus:
DESTROYERsansPapyrus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
....More like snaga......
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:iconredatomisk:
Redatomisk Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
holy crap, now THERE is a righteous monster design! Fantastically frightening, better than most final boss class monsters, and so very well rendered.
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:icon1939293:
1939293 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2017
what a friendly looking dog
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:iconorhplus:
ORHplus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
Your works are always enjoyable!
Congrats, man!
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