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Ryujin by Flying-Fox Ryujin by Flying-Fox
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 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Your lovely artwork has been featured here: daxillionyx.deviantart.com/jou...
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Celeste-Cloude4evr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic :D
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lucidfairy Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
so pretty
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Designdivala Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Beautiful! and my favorite colors :)
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BearBeard Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Great detail, color, and form. Good choice of elements!
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Monamaru Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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thedarkE1 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love ya artwork freaking hot catwoman 4 real
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ChiibiBooKittyKat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Up sorry.. :iconsorryplz:
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Azorokuizumaho Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
You are also seen in the Dragonworld Book ^^;;; very nice
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MetalReaper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
wow, you have an amazing style :), i love the colors
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HappyTadpoleCarnage Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
One of the most arresting pictures of a dragon that I have come accross recently :)
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FlyingViperArt Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I do love this :3 and how much research you have put into your work :)
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TheLOAD Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
I love this drawing!!!
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ehgeoff Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I'm seriously considering getting this tattooed onto my arm...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  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 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Man, Ryujin's gonna be pissed.

J/K! This is absolutely unbelievable and stellar. A++++!
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decemberdreams Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
this would make for a most amazing tattoo! what an awesome piece! the colors are just mesmerizing! love it!
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Ariade Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awsome pose and colouring!
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XxShoneSoBrightly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The details are awesome!!! ....And is that a turtle nibbling on his finger?!
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Love the details and the colors. Adding this to favourites
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sanrixian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Filmographer
those sea turtles kill me with their adorable.
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midnightfury Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work only gets more beautiful the more of it I see.
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feyuca Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's badass. :D
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haruko-doe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
YAY Turtles!
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
"GO MY BABY TURTLE ARMADA! LAY WASTE TO MY ENEMIES!"

But seriously, this is amazing.
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Qarrezel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is freaking awesome!
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tamarii Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I always envy your fantastically vivid use of color, even in a piece like this where the colors are a little more muted than your usual. Might I ask where you got the background texture?
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radtastical Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
He is hardcore!
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this! The turtles and the colors are just perfect!
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Kata Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL! The color and detail are amazing!
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TeknicolorTiger Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The textures and coloring are very well done. I also like all the curved and arched lines in this. For some reason I just like curvy stuff. XD Also, it's based on a Japanese legend, which is also full of awesome. :D
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous detail and colors, I am in pure awe =D
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Endrance88 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very awesome
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inaliak Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Wow, this is absolutely stunning! Great work!
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TheNeonGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I like it so much. The colours and style is so appealing.
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evahlis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
awsome.
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kookybat Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Mr. Burny Face is FREAKIN awesome and warrants a fave fo sho!
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Allaze-eroler Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhhhh that is really impressiiiiive ! *o*
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Truly amazing!
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inki-drop Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
I really like the muted colors on this one! :)
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missmonster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
WOWWWWWWWW!
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