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Cockatrice by arvalis Cockatrice by arvalis
Last year I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work on a dragon book for Scholastic by way of Becker&Mayer Books. I got to take a crack at designing 16 different mythical dragons from all over the world.

This one was one of the earliest I did on the project, the cockatrice. For some reason I've always had a fondness for cockatrices, probably because of how often they showed up in old jrpg's. I wanted to be true to the old depictions of the creature but bring an air of realism to its design. I know the rules about cockatrice eyes turning things to stone are a bit nebulous, but I thought it might be a neat thing if they had to close their eyes when drinking water so they don't turn it to stone. Would be super neat if thats the only time a dragon slayer has a safe chance of taking them out. You know what they say, its easiest to manipulate a cock when its thirsty.

Others from this Project
European Dragon by arvalis  Svara by arvalis  Wyvern by arvalis  Chinese Dragon by arvalis  Zilant by arvalis 


Photoshop CC: 12 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books

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:iconkiyanchi1:
kiyanchi1 Featured By Owner 41 minutes ago  Student General Artist
tloz cuccos on steroids.
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:iconjayzskippedlegday:
JayZSkippedLegDay Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of a basilisk
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:iconvionixscorpion:
vionixscorpion Featured By Owner Edited 17 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very clever, use fusion between animal !
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:icontheguywhorapedspace:
theguywhorapedspace Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 its easiest to manipulate a cock when its thirsty.
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:iconhuaidax:
HUAIDAX Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD
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:iconquickman100:
quickman100 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2017
That is easily the most intimidating picture of a cockatrice I have ever seen. The eyes really make it terrifying.
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:iconglitchdove:
Glitchdove Featured By Owner Edited Apr 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
What a handsome boy! A good, wholesome boy
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:iconisaacchamplain:
IsaacChamplain Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
All hail the mighty cock! Worship Chicken//Buk buk 
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:iconsarythewolf:
SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scariest chicken ever. The raptor claws are a nice touch.
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:iconk-oz-will:
K-OZ-Will Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
This thing would be right at home in a Monster Hunter game.
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:iconshalia-windterra:
Shalia-windterra Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
goooooooood mythical morning!!
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:iconblackthornrose:
BlackThornRose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I never heard of this version of the cockatrice before but man, am I intrigued!! :la: I'm totally diggin' your take on this, thanks for sharing~!
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:iconblindeyetwist:
BlindEyeTwist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
amazing :)
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:iconfenixportopontes:
FenixPortoPontes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Would the Basilisk be a dragon also then? I love your work by the way xD
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:icon1benedict:
1BeneDict Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017   Photographer
Soo cool!! o.o
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:iconlukky:
Lukky Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love that you gave it a raptor claw! <3
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:iconthe-stoneforest:
The-sToneForesT Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  New Deviant Student
GOOOOODDD MMYYTTHHIICCAAALLL MMOOORRRNNIINNGGG
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:iconblizzard234:
blizzard234 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT'S THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT AS WELL!
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:iconsparklingangel666:
sparklingangel666 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So cool for role-playing !!
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:iconkennywondershit911:
KennyWondershit911 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Mutated Cock
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:iconpeteridish:
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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:iconshockalocker:
shockaLocKer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'its easiest to manipulate a cock when its thirsty'

I hope this isn't what I think it means
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:iconjswest01:
Jswest01 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
Wink wink nudge nudge
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:iconnigoki-gamma:
nigoki-gamma Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are those scansoriopterygid wings? If so, very clever to use them to bridge the gap between avian and draconian features. Nice work!
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arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
They absolutely are. Yi qi was a blessing to creature designers.
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:iconlossetta932:
lossetta932 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
oh yeah that's true about them being similar to the Gorgans about petrification huh? But that also means they cannot look at their mates nor themselves.. that ability must be a pain in the ass..

Isn't there some birds that can do something similar to Echolocation?
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DemonicKing101 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one big McNugget....
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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
o.o scary! ... I still want to eat it though xD
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dragon chicken
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:icontellusasecretrhyme:
tellusasecretrhyme Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
A cool-looking creature - excellent work!
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:iconkhasdannyanlord:
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
no matter if this thing is big or fowl size i run away if i found one!
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:iconpsychotubbies:
PsychoTubbies Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
You should try to draw the cockatrice from Dragon's dogma
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:icondestroyerz:
destroyerz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fabulous!
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:iconspokenolive:
SpokenOlive Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude. That's sweet!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Facepalm Ultimate Facepalm 
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:iconmrplcole:
mrplcole Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
lol
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
xD
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:iconmrplcole:
mrplcole Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
E C K S   D E E
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
XXXXX DDDDDD
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mrplcole Featured By Owner 3 days ago
ecks            ecks            dee dee
 ecks       ecks               dee      dee
        ecks                       dee         dee
  ecks    ecks                 dee       dee
ecks           ecks             dee dee
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner 3 days ago
wooow
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Awesome
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:iconthenamgam:
TheNamGam Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's totally boss looking.

Nice job man
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional
Oooh, looking forwards to seeing the rest!
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:iconbeistraxis:
beistraxis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
That mad cockatrice
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Darrung Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconisraelhusky:
IsraelHusky Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
awesome!
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:iconthunder-b:
Thunder-B Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Cool xD
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Berden-Khaz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks like a Braviary.
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