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Tarasque by arvalis Tarasque 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.

The Tarasque was a super weird creature design, having so many disparate parts associated with it in various stories. I had seen a number of historical illustrations of it showing great big spiky shells so I leaned into the turtle dragon angle. I'm a super big fan of alligator snapping turtles so there is more than a fair share of that in there. There is also a scorpion tail, because why not.  Unfortunately this was one of the last pieces I did on this book so I didn't get nearly the time I wanted to spend on it as there was a fast approaching deadline. That being said I did learn a ton about what my limits are and just how much I can push out in such a limited amount of time.


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Chinese Dragon by arvalis  Wyvern by arvalis  Svara by arvalis   Cockatrice by arvalis  Gargouille by arvalis  Zilant by arvalis 

Photoshop CC: 6 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books

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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
I love how the nostrils and top of the beak seem to form an angry little human face. 
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:iconpotatowallpaper:
PotatoWallpaper Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAT THE HELL
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:iconvanblood:
vanBlood Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Nice
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:iconmexicankaiju:
Mexicankaiju Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
I love it!!!!
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:iconclassycthulhu:
ClassyCthulhu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017
Ah yes, the destruction of many a D&D campaign.
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:iconcdrdeviantart:
Cdrdeviantart Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Great art dude. This is pretty cool
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:iconteamdinosauria21:
TeamDinosauria21 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Anguirus!!
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:iconwhitebearboy:
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Awesome!
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:icondiebruder:
diebruder Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
buena tortuga
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:icondokuromah:
Dokuromah Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Student Artist
Gamera?
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:iconthefallensentient18:
theFallenSENTIENT18 Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
He's gameras cousin
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:icondeli-sammich:
Deli-Sammich Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A N G E R Y
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:iconcrowneddracu:
CrownedDracu Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
ITS BOWSER
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:iconcrystal--skies:
Crystal--Skies Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Ohmygodyes
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:iconiswayah:
iswayah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
When I first saw this, the first thing came to mind: Anguirus
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:iconkingbiollante:
kingbiollante Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No Kamoebas?
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:icondinobenten:
dinobenten Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
This screams mole to me too for some reason. Really wonderful work.
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:iconpro-mole:
pro-mole Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, look at this adorable world devourer :V
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:iconachillobatorprince:
AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
the best Tarasque I've ever seen, great job as usual
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:iconpengono:
pengono Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Given how derpy the old tarasque statues look, I'm glad you managed to come up with something fierce looking. 
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:iconthunder-b:
Thunder-B Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
well done
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:iconcuzimajellyfish:
CuzImaJellyfish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconzahlenoum:
ZahlenOum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.... where do you get the ... wait... omfg... just... Wow. I need to look into these things.
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:iconlrucks:
lrucks Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Heart of tarasque!
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:iconfairytailmember00:
FairyTailMember00 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Its so adorable! Is it posible to keep it as a pet?
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:iconbiggeorge0512:
biggeorge0512 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
Anguirus?
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:icon2goodsharks:
2GoodSharks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's yawning
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:iconpikaseel:
Pikaseel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
It's like an alligator snapping turtle from Hell.
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:iconthechordate:
TheChordate Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Student Writer
Hehehe, that's the same thing I was thinking when I first saw this! It sure does look powerful, for sure!
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:iconluizergst:
LuizerGst Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*~*
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:iconlive-like-a-wolf:
Live-Like-A-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
My DM made my group fight one of this in dnd
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:iconserazul:
Serazul Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
your DM must have wanted your group dead lol
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:iconlive-like-a-wolf:
Live-Like-A-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
He kinda did it was supposed to be us trying to save the world or die doing so lol, he also wanted me to Dm what I was working on.
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:iconaitherion:
Aitherion Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Now I know where the Dota 2 item Heart of tarasque originates from. Not disappointed. This thing is badass.
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:iconthe-dusck:
The-Dusck Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job !I like it!!! 😋
If you have time come look my art!!! ☺
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:iconunagitakanashi:
UnagiTakanashi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017   Artist
badass
i also love alligator snappers, i actualy have a pet baby gator snapper named bubbles
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thats a very good turtle name. When I was a kid my family had a turtle named Hardhat
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:iconunagitakanashi:
UnagiTakanashi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017   Artist
Thanks and I love that name XD very fitting for a turtle
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:iconskypotatofire:
SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Looks awesome!
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:iconapcomics:
apcomics Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
So the Tarasque does count as a dragon then.  I was always vague on that.   Dungeons & Dragons Gamera.
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Epic
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:iconbabymordred121:
Babymordred121 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017   General Artist
I think it looks great! The explosive movement definitely makes it seem lively.
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
One of the most famous dragons in D&D and the other RPGs.
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:iconheraldofopera:
HeraldOfOpera Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
That's the Tarrasque, with two R's. This is a real mythological creature.
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Okay.
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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Cool!
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:iconfantasyrebirth96:
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Keep doing what you''ve been doing alright? Seriously keep up the great work!
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Really cool
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:iconnimenomaan:
Nimenomaan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
That looks almost like crocodile snapping turtle 8D
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:iconrvb-destroyer:
RvB-DESTROYER Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Student Artist
Looks like Gamera's angry cousin. LOL!!!
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