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Ryujin
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Published: January 31, 2009
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Ryūjin or Ryōjin (龍神, "dragon god"?), also known as Ōwatatsumi, was the tutelary deity of the sea in Japanese mythology. This Japanese dragon symbolized the power of the ocean, had a large mouth, and was able to transform into a human shape. Ryūjin lived in Ryūgū-jō, his palace under the sea built out of red and white coral, from where he controlled the tides with magical tide jewels. Sea turtles, fish and jellyfish are often depicted as Ryūjin's servants.

Ryūjin was the father of the beautiful goddess Otohime who married the hunter prince Hoori. The first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, is said to have been a grandson of Otohime and Hoori's. Thus, Ryūjin is one of the ancestors of the Japanese imperial dynasty.
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First part of my thesis Monsters! project. I GOT TO DRAW A DRAGON AND ONLY A DRAGON FOR SCHOOL. His name is mr. burny face. Plus sea turtles <3
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Inemiset's avatar
Inemiset|Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Your lovely artwork has been featured here: daxillionyx.deviantart.com/jou...
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Celeste-Cloude4evr|Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic :D
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Designdivala's avatar
Beautiful! and my favorite colors :)
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BearBeard's avatar
Great detail, color, and form. Good choice of elements!
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Monamaru|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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thedarkE1|Hobbyist Artist
love ya artwork freaking hot catwoman 4 real
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ChiibiBooKittyKat|Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the fish are there with the Ryujin ^^ I read about them in a Mythical Creature book and I just had to look them u and I just love this drawing of the Ryujin :3
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ChiibiBooKittyKat|Hobbyist General Artist
Up sorry.. :iconsorryplz:
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Azorokuizumaho|Student General Artist
龍神、あなたはとてもよく、彼を描いた。私は彼がそのように見えるように想像できる。よくやった。
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Leitenda's avatar
You are also seen in the Dragonworld Book ^^;;; very nice
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wow, you have an amazing style :), i love the colors
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HappyTadpoleCarnage's avatar
One of the most arresting pictures of a dragon that I have come accross recently :)
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FlyingViperArt|Professional General Artist
I do love this :3 and how much research you have put into your work :)
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TheLOAD's avatar
I love this drawing!!!
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ehgeoff's avatar
I'm seriously considering getting this tattooed onto my arm...
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Sleetwealth|Professional Traditional Artist
This is a gorgeous design perfect colors and the sea turtles ! I love em!
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i-was-so-blind|Student Traditional Artist
Man, Ryujin's gonna be pissed.

J/K! This is absolutely unbelievable and stellar. A++++!
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decemberdreams's avatar
this would make for a most amazing tattoo! what an awesome piece! the colors are just mesmerizing! love it!
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Ariade's avatar
Ariade|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awsome pose and colouring!
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XxShoneSoBrightly|Hobbyist General Artist
The details are awesome!!! ....And is that a turtle nibbling on his finger?!
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Love the details and the colors. Adding this to favourites
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sanrixian|Professional Filmographer
those sea turtles kill me with their adorable.
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midnightfury|Hobbyist General Artist
Your work only gets more beautiful the more of it I see.
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