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Silicon Dragon

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This took too long. >> It's a slightly random idea, but was inspired by an extraterrestrial book I have which shows/explains what silicon life could look like. Wings are based on snowflake crystals, so it looks like it could be made of ice too..

I liked the shrunk version so that's what's submitted, but you can see the full sized on here: [link]

Since it's basically a living crystal, its 'skin' is broken into multiple parts for flexibility. Its eyes are insect like and multi-faceted. The things on his neck are like hoses that spray a strong acid - it's a lithovore so it has to be able to dissolve rocks and gems sometimes to eat them. The multiple legs are just for niftiness' sake, though a silicon dragon would be living somewhere with high gravity/pressures on them. Its wings wouldn't really allow it to fly since they're fairly ridged and snowflakes don't fly, but it could possibly glide with them. Another thing - since it would breath out silicon dioxide, a solid and not a gas like we breath out, it doesn't actually exhale. Instead, it mixes with a sticky substance or something and comes out through the skin, coating the dragon with a layer of sand as a means of protection. It'd have to 'molt' or shake it off sometimes though. Although some of these ideas are from that book, a few of the last mentioned ones are my own.

Entered this in fatal-mantis85's contest, hence the updated description.
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JamieLynWeigt's avatar
Hi Heather! I just wanted to let you know that I've featured this dragon on my dragon artwork blog (with proper attribution and links back, of course). (Told you I'd be in touch again soon. ;) )  This dragon and your description are amazing, so I just had to share it with the world.  You can find me at Writing Dragons, and your feature in my April AtoZ Challenge here. Keep up the great work!
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SekayiJette's avatar
This is awsome! Thanks for sharing. I've taken interest in silicon-based life myself. Check out the organism called diatoms. They might give you more ideas.
tenko72's avatar
I like the idea and design of it.
Lone--Wanderer's avatar
*jawdrop* I wish I could draw silicon-based life-forms....
neoakira11's avatar
Cool! I love the face and the fact that it looks like its made of crystal. :+fav: The wings are pretty too...
zippychao's avatar
so awsome :3 i love the texture
rinacat's avatar
I can only imagine how long it took for you to draw this. O_o

It's so beautiful~
Vitality-Eminent's avatar
WOW.
That's flippin' awesome!!
silverweasel's avatar
Looks awesome! :D Great job on the lighting and such.

Background is amazing. :3 I love your work!
chutkat's avatar
as i said before... that's gorgeous ^^
Aldanax's avatar
Woha.. thats very awesome... gotta love the wings :heart:
Baker18's avatar
...Holy crap...I don't know what to say....Thats so awesome I love it...OMFG ROCKSOME ;_;
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