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Rufous Grimkite by arvalis Rufous Grimkite by arvalis
Been practicing dromeosaurs for a project this week and I wanted to apply what I learned to a dragon design.  I call this thing a Rufous Grimkite.  It is a medium sized feathered dragon that mostly feeds on animals in grasslands and lightly wooded areas.  Males are very dangerous and highly aggressive, often attacking travelers unprovoked.  Females are roughly one third smaller with very small horns, barely poking from beneath the fleshy mounds atop the head.  Their feathers are traded in exotic markets, prized for their patterns and rufous color.

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:iconworldbuildersinc:
WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Ermagersh! It's a cockatrice! Put on your gas masks and mirrored sunglasses! ;P
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celtion Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a question. Why did you choose to put the eyes so far back? For a predator, wouldn't that be a hindrance to stalking prey?
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arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
A few inches wouldnt make any difference for scoping out prey.  Its head is no where near as long as say a pelican and they hunt just fine ;p
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:iconceltion:
celtion Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! Its cool that you put thought into its ecology. :)
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:iconmabelbird:
Mabelbird Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
kinda reminds me of one of my chickens...
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:iconnekoluv3r:
Nekoluv3r Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
I would honestly ride that into the sunset.
Let's hope it doesn't eat me first tho XD
It's awesome.
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:iconvinchinderlous:
Vinchinderlous Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Captured the grace of the wings
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:iconorionide5:
Orionide5 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Excellent face design!
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thanks dude!
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:iconprivatecocky:
PrivateCocky Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. That is so epic, realistic and beautifully awesome! 
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:icondrstarchild:
DrStarchild Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
something like that... was sort of my "fursona" when I was a teen ^_^ giant killer chicken, yeah!
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:iconmacspendleton:
macspendleton Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
that would be delicious for thanksgiving! ;)
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:iconrandomdinos:
randomdinos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
with this around, the main course would be human flesh :P
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I love it, I love the design, it's so unique. Thw visualisation is stunningly realistic.
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:iconxparz:
XPARZ Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderfull!
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:iconcheeseburgertom:
CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Pretty cool.  It looks like a kaiju ring neck pheasant. 
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
It was more inspired by a coucal pheasant ;p
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:iconbakaleb:
Bakaleb Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Beautiful!
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Drasisicgon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student General Artist
YO DUDE THIS IS SICK what brushes are you using for the dark feathers on the body??? damn this is rad
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Thanks buddy.  Its just like a brush with one soft edge and one hard edge. 
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Drasisicgon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student General Artist
ya I figured, did you download or make that?? :U I'm not very well versed in making brushes in ps sorry if thats actually a p easy thing to make haha
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draggon-rider2 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist
very cool :) was there a particular bird that the design is based on? when I first saw it I thought pheasant but I think it is just the wings and red face that are similar (at least to the pheasants in my country)
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:iconcoldheartlion:
Coldheartlion Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Looks like it could be a boss or enemy from an RPG. Good job
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:iconsterileritalin:
SterileRitalin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like a turkey from hell.
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:iconlike-a-surr:
Like-a-Surr Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
It's a giant death chicken I want twelve
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Artist
Amazing stuff! :clap:
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:iconizaakshoelaces:
IzaakShoelaces Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a turkey!
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:iconmaxwellzart:
MaxwellZART Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
It resembles a Cockatrice... I would like to se you draw one, if you do not made one already.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
I was thinking about drawing one soon actually.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cockatrice as a dromaeosaur....sounds like great minds think alike :)
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:iconopenskyline:
openskyline Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is crazy good. 
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Great !
This dromaeosaurid-like dragon is more badass than the god-awful JW "raptor" and I like your drawing.
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lollipop3455555555 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
the JW is raptor is just like the raptors of the three other movies so what's the matter?
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist
I like earlier films, but not the incoming one. I hope to make a personal revenge on JW.
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lollipop3455555555 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
ohhh ikr, wtf's with that Kaiju-wannabe monster that they're gonna inculde in?
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:iconcasterskeeper:
casterskeeper Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
So am I the only one that wants to wait for the actual film to come out so I can judge it....guess so
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lollipop3455555555 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
maybe :3
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razort300 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
cool
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:iconmoseyhosey:
MoseyHosey Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
tastes like turkey...
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:icontheorangeelephant:
TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist
those wings are fantastic
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:iconbluuberwolf:
Bluuberwolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What is wears in the face? Is a armor? I remember me a giant turkey xD The wings are really nice *.*
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I-IaloVVolves Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Vary Creative! I enjoy your art work! Keep it up!
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DrachenGarnet Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
*cough cough* turkey dragon *cough cough*

But no haha! It looks wonderful! Amazing concept, as always.
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Melusine-Designs Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You always amaze me! You make it look so easy! One of these days I'll have time for a skillshare.
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TheCatNip1245 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like a Basilisk
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Are you sure you meant basilisk and not cockatrice?
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TheCatNip1245 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaja
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:iconwjones215:
wjones215 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
That is some great color detail. Excellent work.
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent coloeing and details, love the design here!
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome!!!
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