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Mammalian dragon concept

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This took me the best part of a day to finish. I was constantly saying to myself "I'm going to bust a fuse". This is perhaps the main reason why I don't take much time on drawings: after a while I just lose interest.
An old creature concept I had lying around since perhaps 8th grade, I redid when I was about 16 and yesterday, redid a little further and used it to test my skills at texturing and shading with pencil.
I used it because I don't like the look of it. So I could trash it without much contemplation.
But lo and behold it's quite nicely done actually :D

EDIT: Contrasted, cleaned and better framed.

EDIT #2: Better cleaning, contrasting, framing and *.jpeg compression.
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The shading makes it look very tangible

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whoa, there's a lot of design thrown into this one :o

sorry, but i have to ask: i know im not the best at figuring out dragon anatomy and evolution, but what kind of lifestyle would a dragon like this lead? its not a bad design or anything, but to me it looks like it can't really fly, and im not sure whether it's a carnivore or herbivore or both, since it has a lot of mammalian aspects thrown into it (well obviously :P)

sorry its just been bugging me a little, cus im not sure if it was done for fun or to practice dragon evolution stuff, again not trying to be a jerk or anything, its just something i've been pondering about.
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You're far too kind :) I'll say it again with no compunction:

This is just an old brain-turd I couldn't leave well enough alone. I just dolled it up enough so it could pass for... something I could use to practice my shading skills. I make no pretense of this being something I put much thought into at any point I've worked on it.

True, it was enough of an eyesore design-wise that I started an effort to update it some years ago, [link] . Alas, life gets in the way and the work-in-progress is somewhere in the bowels of my computer :P
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ok thanks for clearing it up, i was killing myself trying to figure out if a dragon could possibly evolve this way :P

one day may i give it a try to draw this as a mammalian, flightless omnivorous dragon? i feel like i can try to make it work if all the proportions are evened out a bit :P
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Hey, sometimes A Wizard Did It ;)

Well, I'd still like to take a stab at it myself... of course that may take a few years to come to fruition as my artistic backlog is enourmous.
Incidentally, I think this talk (~1 hour) is very pertinent to the speculative biology of dragons.
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good point there :P i think maybe something like this would probably be proposed as a flightless dragon (one for the fact that the extra mammal parts might be difficult to get airborne) and also cus it looks suited for groundlife mostly :P
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I'm going to try and make it airworthy myself: shouldn't take much fiddling in Photoshop ;)

How would the mammalness of it impinge on its flight ability?
True, Habib says the largest possible flying mammals would probably be the size of medium dogs (with 3-meter wingspans), but here I'm more interested in making an aesthetically pleasing creature design that looks moderately plausible.
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i understand that, in my bio class my teacher said that birds and most other flying animals evolved in a way that they got rid of as much weight as they possibly could to be light enough for flight, and we generally dont see flying animals with trunks, saber teeth, or reaper claws.. or club tails :P although its an interesting design i must say
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Point there... Though I should say pterosaurs had more than their fair share of headgear. Also, at least fruit bats tend to be rather toothy.
I'll just have to find a way to make it work. Don't bate your breath though...
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That is awesome
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Thank you once more for the kind comments :D
Norega-eragon369's avatar
Eheh, amazing :D

Gostei da cauda :P
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dracontesHobbyist General Artist
Obrigado pelos favoritos :)

Bom, naquele tempo, eu tinha uma fixação pelo que eu chamo gestalts. As folhas que tenho cheias de pertinentes esboços inacabados... :P
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Ah, estive à procura e não consegui perceber o que são gestalts :/

E não tens nada que agradecer, o mérito é todo teu :)
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Bom, provavelmente apropriei-me do termo indevidamente.
Na psicologia, teoria do/a gestalt refere-se à constatação que na percepção consciente, em qualquer dos sentidos, apreende-se primeiro o todo de uma coisa antes de se notarem as suas partes.
O trabalho ao qual liguei no comentário anterior é talvez um desafio a essa noção pois procura as partes mais derivadas de alguns saurópodes reunindo-as num corpo só. Talvez uma verdadeira gestalt devesse procurar o comum entre os saurópodes mas acho que o resultado não seria tão interessante ;)
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Aaaah, entendido. Gostei da ideia :P
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well, thats appreciatible work!
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Thank you very much for the compliment :)
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A great combination of species. I see a tapir, a sabertooth cat, a bat, a sloth and a coendous.
If you hadn't said it, I'd never thought about this as a dragon. ^^°

In old germany, we have a name for creatures like this: Wolpertinger. ^^
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Thank you for the compliment though the mix was rather unintended. Try as I may, I can't see the coendous. Is it the spiky hair or the barbed tail?

I'm not particularly sure it is either but some dragon descriptions have mammal characters. Perhaps the bat wings are the most widespread but there are those with lion forepaws or a wolf's head. So why not make one solely with mammal characters?
In the end I'm not particularly satisfied with this design so I've been revamping it for... uh... one and a half years and it seems I'm not gonna finish it any time soon.

I figured I had seen that term somewhere. I guess the old acception of the term is wider ;)
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It's mostly the hair. I don't know if a mammal with such long spikes on the tail even exists.
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Well, I guess I may have taken my cue from Doedicurus. As usual I went a bit overboard with it :P
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Your detail is amazing :D
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cool
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