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Smaugust: Frigatebird


I'm doing the Smaugust challenge this month! I made my own prompt list and I'll be drawing dragons inspired by various birds. You can find the prompt list here and if you want you can join me!

Frigate-dragons are also known as the "pirate's bane" because they are the only known creature that even pirates were afraid of. Since the early days of seafaring these large sea dragons have targeted ships in search for easy loot and food. It's believed that pirate ships were especially targeted because the black sails invoked some kind of primal rivalry in black frigate-dragons. 

Media  iPadPro, Procreate

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Novaraptoria's avatar

These are awesome! Love the flow of them all!

ShadeofShinon's avatar

Thank you! Glad to hear you like these bird dragons!

AVeryCleverReference's avatar

I found out that frigatebirds are called pirate birds because most of what they eat is stolen from other seabirds. I feel like this illustration captures that perfectly!

herofan135's avatar

So awesome, imagine a ship being attacked by a pair of these guys!

ShadeofShinon's avatar

Thanks! That would make a pretty aweome scene!

dpcdpc11's avatar

Love the composition and contrasting colors.

Simply gorgeous. :)Congratulations!!!

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ArgentDandelion's avatar

Ooh, frigatebirds. I love the design. The lighting is also very good.

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Nicweorm's avatar

I never thought I'd be afraid of frigate birds. I was wrong.... O.O

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Evodolka's avatar

awesome design :la:

te puffed up neck looks awesome here

KandaceW's avatar
Bit of an odd question: Is the red neck soft, or does it feel like a balloon or something?
ShadeofShinon's avatar

I think it's quite soft but also spiky! I guess a bit like a pufferfish

shazzz999's avatar

Yay! Dragons reign. S.

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