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Zilant by arvalis Zilant 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 for a book called Sink Your Teeth Into Dragons.

This is the Zilant, a mighty snake dragon. From my understanding a town gathered all their serpents for a mass burning (not how I would solve a snake problem but whatever). This dragon was supposed to have risen from the burn pit, like a vengeful snake mess. I thought it would be cool if it had long, spiny scales that when it moved might look like a horde of snakes. Also before you ask, it definitely cannot close its mouth very well. I was quite pleased with the results on this one, tried some techniques on it that were pretty new to me at the time.


Others from this Project

Chinese Dragon by arvalis  Wyvern by arvalis  Svara by arvalis  European Dragon by arvalis  Cockatrice by arvalis 

Photoshop CC: 12 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books

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:iconpremierfox:
PremierFox Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Zilant but deadly...
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:iconasdruabel:
Asdruabel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Student General Artist
B-but the zilant is supposed to have legs..
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:iconcaninelion:
Caninelion Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  New Deviant
The teeth and spikes are freaking epic! Amazing picture.
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:iconindominator650:
Did anybody else except for me noticed the resemblance between this guy and the Dalamadur (Shah Dalamadur to be precise) from the Monster Hunter franchise? y'know, like how both of em are big serpentine dragon thingies that are covered with spike and are related to fire. And considering the fact that he made arts about Monster Hunter before, it wont be too far of a stretch to say that at least SOME inspirations was taken here.
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Alriandi Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say they are both based off the same Legendary dragon and the concept of snakes instead of this picture being based off the Monster Hunter creature.

Edit: also be very careful about posting "this looks like *this thing that shares the same features cause they were based off the same concepts*" cause it can actually be considered super rude to the artist.
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:iconindominator650:
Indominator650 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
I'm TERRIBLY sorry for my mindless action. And I'm grateful of you for pointing that out for me.
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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student Writer
Cool but scary!
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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
this is terrifying 
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:iconzelaphas:
Zelaphas Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible details! That mouth is terrifying. It looks like it could be a real creature.
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Epic
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:iconpartyendermanxd:
PartyEndermanXD Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
*that one weird kid (AKA me)

"I wanna pet it!"
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:iconirbisty:
Irbisty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh cool! That's a lot of spikes :) He is like ' I so mighty and fearsome!... and...yes... don't touch me!'. Really nice work :) 
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:iconemi-chan92:
Emi-Chan92 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist
I love the way you color!!Love 
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:iconkwnstandupesgallery:
KwnstandupesGallery Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those teeth can make even an comodo dragon shit itself
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:iconr31yn:
R31YN Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Eewwww it's like a bearded dragon on a Monday morning that never ends
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:icongillytheartist:
GillyTheArtist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
epic work
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:icon427arbok:
427Arbok Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Quite the interesting creature.  It looks like a huge, writhing, toothy mess.  Like, in a scary way, not in a disorganized one.  I love your interpretation of the head and mouth, although I do have to ask, out of curiosity and since it isn't entirely apparent in the picture, do you interpret the Zilant with legs as well as wings or with wings only?  Because, after a quick search, it seems like both exist, and, further, that the legged version is more common, yet that seems a little off from the legends, which seem to suggest a simply winged serpent.
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:iconcamduvall:
Camduvall Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wanna give 'em a hug
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:iconeuclideanman:
EuclideanMan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Wish could see all those dragons fight each other
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:icondimondmanmodder:
DimondmanModder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
OoO
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:iconstardustmoonlight1:
StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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:iconastoko:
AStoKo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
 Oh Wow! I think I've fainted.
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Jesus, the teeth on this guy!
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:iconthebritwriter:
TheBritWriter Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Anyone got the number for the dragonborn, speed dial would be great right about now!!
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:icondarkshadowfax:
DarkShadowfax Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh thats pretty cool. Kinda reminds me of the Dalamadur from MH.
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:iconaislein:
Aislein Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
That'd be terrifying to see o~o
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:iconweirdchitidrew:
weirdchitidrew Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My next door neighbor.
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:iconelrob79:
elRob79 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Awesome images!  Thanks so much for sharing B)
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:icondrakiaflaria:
DrakiaFlaria Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Radness level is over 9000. Vegeta (Over 9000) [V2] 
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:iconchainedcircus:
chainedcircus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Whoa! This is amazing!
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
I think this is a turco-mongol one?
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:iconenigmasystem:
Enigmasystem Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
These are so awesome! Can I buy the book somewhere?
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:iconadrianogt:
adrianogt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
incredible creature
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:iconlouielei:
Louielei Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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:iconkelshray:
Kelshray Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
wow so interesing concept
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:iconturtledragon2001:
Turtledragon2001 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one deadly looking mouth!
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:iconnorthwing:
NorthWing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017   Digital Artist
That legend sounds a lot like a common tale about the Lindworm actually. 
(also super awesome art like gaahhhh
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:iconcpisces609:
cpisces609 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome, I really want to check this book out as well sounds awesome.
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Very cool
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:iconthebatter67:
TheBatter67 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
This project gives me some serious Dark/Demon Souls vibe; like these things would be bosses in one of the games.
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:iconrigobro:
Rigobro Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent work! I love it!
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:iconurzapw2000:
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
venomous dragon!
it's been done before but this looks amazing!!
awesome picture!!
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:iconzwartekraai:
zwartekraai Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2017
Are there aztec Dragons in the book as well?
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:icondracogale:
DracoGale Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Ooooh, I really like this dragon's appearance and the story behind it. It certainly looks like a vengeful snake that rose from the firey pits. dEyepopping 
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:icondragonstar1278:
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Amazing!
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:iconsandra1993s:
Sandra1993S Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extremely beautiful in my eyes.:)
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:iconsmohrthexenomorph:
SmohrtheXenomorph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Its... Beautiful.
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:iconpinestater234:
pinestater234 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017   Photographer
This is one nasty looking creature! Awesome!  Fav
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:iconarborath:
Arborath Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is a really neat and well thought out concept!
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