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False Dragon Concept by arvalis False Dragon Concept by arvalis
Due to convergent evolution this creature has evolved to look remarkably similar to true dragons. True dragons evolved from dinosaur like creatures in our world. From these dinosaurs both birds and dragons come but lizards do not. This false dragon has evolved to fill a large predator void on an isolated island away from any dragon population. They are very good at gliding, but not terribly great with actual flying or taking off. Often they climb up into the canopy of their forests and jump off to fly.

Yet another piece for *NuclearBandaid's and my world building project.

Photoshop CS3: 7ish hours
False Dragon(c)RJ Palmer
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:iconhmahajar:
Hmahajar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  New member Professional Digital Artist
cool stuff man, I really your drawings
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is too badass
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RyanCalebMalcoph Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love your detailed descriptions. detail is my weakness lol
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aah,I love a little selfmade-biology backstory to a dragon..even if itīs a false one.
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B-rad-Tyga Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
That is awesome!
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PewterKat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice. :3
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
bellissimo
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cookie4me Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Would they be mountable? :O
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:iconandy1134:
Andy1134 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool fasle dragon drawing
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Drake09 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Again love the deatail
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:iconpoetryman1:
PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Filmographer
it looks cool! I like it!
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:iconweremoon:
weremoon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Artist
Wow, very cool and original concept.
I wish I could have a dragon like that.:D
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:iconcyantica:
Cyantica Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
woa! o.O Cool! awesome! amazing O.O wow >w<
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:iconoktow:
oktow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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:iconmajeana:
majeana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Nice concept idea.
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:iconrakshmi:
Rakshmi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great concpet! Very well done!
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:iconharoldpotter:
HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice! It's looks sort of like a combination of an archeopteryx, a komodo dragon, and those gliding lizards. Very cool.
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ariakh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really cool...traits of real-world creatures combined and tweaked to fit your world! And in a really cool style too! :D
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tygriffin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I can definitely see various lizard influences, especially in the head, neck and feet. I think that one of the Star Wars creatures also probably used the same reference you mentioned for developing their tail -- I have the toy around somewhere... :) Really like the colors, too.

Only two things to query you about:
1. What purpose does the additional drape under the wings have, and what did it evolve from? To my mind it would interfere with the wing gliding, don't you think? It would make more sense to me that it would join from the forearm to the back (and not between or just under the wing and arm attachments) as that would be more real world evolution from loose skin for gliding.
2. Because of the added weight from the wings and the heavy head, and the added flight/glide capability, I'd expect to see a much larger breastbone area for more muscle to support all of the weight? Or, at least shorter stockier legs with added muscle in comparison to the rear legs, again to better support the weight. Maybe even a wider legged stance in the forearms, like with crocodiles and alligators.

Just my opinion, though, of course!
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool! Love the faux-tail-feather-things.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
based on the tail of a flying gecko
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:iconkalyith:
Kalyith Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That is so awesome! I adore the colors of it.
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Arakos1967 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Great concept, and quite logical. Actually, even if they co-existed with dragons. Looking like one could prevent attack from predators, a tactic many animals use in our world.

Wonderful job!
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Elaine-sensei Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
It's so colorful. XD I like it. The anatomy looks really good too.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Thanks so much elaine, its really rare to get a comment from you :P
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Elaine-sensei Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
OTL
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NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
FIRST!!11
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CR4CK3RFOX Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would assume that it doesnt breathe fire either, but spits some kind of acid right? man i love thinking of cool creatures like that.. if only i could draw them, i have an AWESOME idea for a species of a dragon-ish thing.. i havent named it yet cuz im not good at naming.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Actually i was thinking it just had a venomous bite like that of a komodo dragon or gila monster
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:iconcr4ck3rfox:
CR4CK3RFOX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i LOVE KOMODO DRAGONS!! awesome :D
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:iconblueicefox54:
blueicefox54 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its beautiful creature :heart: and the color choice is perfect
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! Very cool colors! :D
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red--indigo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Whoa! The colouring is gorgeous and I love how it is so realistic. I also really like the thought you have put behind this, with the desription and all.
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OkamiDragon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Nice pic, really good
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henrik9470 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
nice nice and nice again ! i love it ! <3 :) ;) :P :D ;D
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SillyaParrot Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
[link] on roids.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Yeah i definitely looked at those when creating this. Basically through a bunch of awesome lizards in a blender.
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SillyaParrot Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
'Cept with a badass tail.
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:iconnebulafire:
nebulafire Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
What a cool creature! Amazingly realistic. And incredibly imaginative!
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Thank you so much, just wish my audience was more into my creature stuff.
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TakkunGenkyo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Cool dragon looks real
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student General Artist
It's like a beautiful rainbow Komodo dragon/gliding lizard
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Yeah i have a ton of reptile books. I basically just assembled some of my favorite lizard attributes. Komodo dragon is definitely my fave lizard, monitors all look so damn cool.
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Rocky-O Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:drool: I absolutely love the abdominal area of this dragon! Great worrkkkk!!! :heart:
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hikolol35 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Artist
thats so awsome!!!
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Devonition Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   General Artist
It's too realistic, i might just start believing it to be true 8U
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hollarity Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student General Artist
FIRST
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