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Published: December 23, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 KatePfeilschiefter
For my Dragons Across Cultures AP project.
Japanese dragon top, Chinese bottom.

The main difference come from the subtle variances in their cultural depiction. Aside from the number of toes (Japanese have three, Chinese have four, Imperial Chinese have five. Korean and Vietnamese can vary.) Japanese dragons tend to be drawn with longer faces, bushier eyebrows/mustache and a lack of mane.

Worked on for five days, about 5 hours per day.
The texture was made by soaking wrinkled sketch paper in coffee.

11x14 vellum, graphite

Art (c) to Katie Pfeilschiefter, do not use or repost without permission.


EDIT: Wow, this came out of nowhere. I was confused why all of a sudden I had thousands of activity messages and now I see why. I never thought anything of mine was DD worthy. I'm so glad you guys like it. Thanks!
Image size
4133x3277px 18.98 MB
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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This is absolutely incredible. I don't know what else to say, but this is amazing.
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(Chinese for dragons)
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Wow! This is so beautiful! I honestly thought it was woodwork at first, it's that good XD
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Incredible, beautiful
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This would look great as a tattoo!!
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That is amazing!
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Awesome, love the details!
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wow that's fantastic!!
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few hundred of freaking asian dragon outside there deviantart, finally i found a cool one
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KatePfeilschiefterProfessional Digital Artist
haha, thanks, I myself have trouble finding cool paintings or drawings of them
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Very Kewl ... ty
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So beautiful! Amazing concept how you did it! I love how you did it :)
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Beautiful work, especially all your attention to detail!
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so beautiful! I love your dragons!
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wow some serious skill......which one do you like more the japenese or the chinese????
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KatePfeilschiefterProfessional Digital Artist
I like the Japanese dragons, I prefer the longer snouts and the crazier expressions they're often depicted with.
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It's very nice !!! ;-)
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Oh my god this is absolutely amazing! I love your work!
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I love your exquisite attention to detail.
This is amazing!
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This is beautiful work. I love all the detail :D
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