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Aquatic Dragon Concept by arvalis Aquatic Dragon Concept by arvalis
Though it is a true dragon, it does not have a strong resemblance to its kind. They are known for swimming up rivers to get at animals that come to drink. They lay their eggs on land every two to three years. They have evolved a long neck to pull riverside prey into the water as well as catching crustaceans in deep crevasses.

Another ~NuclearBandaid world builder piece

Photoshop CS3: 5-6 hours
Aquatic Dragon(c)RJ Palmer
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Haigani-DaReal Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd critique this very well if I could, but being aquatic, it'd been more adapted if it were built like an eel, or a snake. With a tail like a tadpoles or something and smaller wings for better propulsion through water.
KaizerrTOR Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I must say this, your work has done far more than impress me, but inspired me, your grasp on creature design has blown my mind and I look forward to seeing far more from your amazing collection.
Alari-the-werewolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm with this guy ^
Andy1134 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thats awsome
Drake09 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
wow! amazing detail!
Xaran-Alamas Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A very interesting take on an aquatic dragon, most people just make a blue dragon or give it flippers, this on the other hand really looks like something that might have evolved in the water. Very nice work :)
Cyantica Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
wow >w<
DaVonteWagner Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hyphen414 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
cool... the head reminds me of a tyrannosaurus rex... :)) But the neck looks awkward though... :D but as always, it's amazing...
oktow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good design / concept
Roxora419 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool :thumbsup:
Churiren Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Student Writer
this is amazing! Hate to be swimming next to that thing :P
HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hm. Critique critique critique. Um… I've really got nothing. This is an interesting fantasy world take on the Plesiosaur-type creature, and you did a good job. My only thought would be to make it a little bit more colorful, but given its large size the shades of brown work for camouflage whenever it has to come ashore. I don't see gills, so I presume this is still an airbreather? And what are the wings used for, attitude control in water? I mean, I know they're streamlined/slightly vestigial.

Also, creepy cool fishman there.
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t91camp Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
All your creatures are awesome. For this, I hate you.

That said, maybe you could define the planes more on this one? It looks a little flatter than your others. I understand you didn't spend forever on it, just a suggestion.

Oh and what's your status with AAU? I left for good, you're on a break?
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Yeah i wanted this one a little smoother, but maybe i left out too much plane definition. As far as AAU, i took both the spring and the summer off to pursue personal projects. Im going back in the fall, getting some way awesome classes like heads n hands. I still havent even had color and design though....
t91camp Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Well in your time off you've definitely improved. You should check for some internships before the semester starts, they're really easy to get around here (I know some people who suck but got internships) and can help even more than school. I know a lot of people wanna get better at drawing before they apply for an internship, but there's no better time than now. The point is not to be good enough to work there in the beginning, that's why it's an internship! Just a thought. As far as AAU, try to get Zimou Tan for Heads and Hands, and hold off on C&D as long as possible (a little bird told me it's being phased out).
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Yeah im one of those that thinks they arent good enough to get an internship. I honestly dont even know how to go about getting an internship. Do you have any suggestions?
t91camp Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Well I'm sure you already know some guys in the business, but the tried and true method is to just make the best (and relevant) portfolio you can and get in contact with local game developers. Email, craigslist, taking muni to the studio itself...whatever it takes. One thing Academic Success class made me realize is that it's actually pretty easy to network with important dudes if you put in the effort, which you clearly can do.
BladetheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Looks a lot like a plesiosaur. Or any of the pliosaurs really.

Biology nerd by the way lol
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Yeah definitely was an influence. I looked as plesiosaurs, t-rexes, leatherback turtles, crocodiles, dolphins, and lizards.
hollarity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Student General Artist
I want this as my trusty underwater steed.

And I want to battle giant squid while on it.
ariakh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, I love how this one retains 'classic' dragon anatomy yet is quite believable as an aquatic creature. Awesome.
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WritingInTheSky Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nessie~ <3

haha, this looks awesome, I love the 'wings', do they act as another set of flippers? The colors are awesome too :) <3

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