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Zmey Gorynych by arvalis Zmey Gorynych 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.

I had no idea that Zmey Gorynych was so popular, definitely the most requested dragon. One thing I was exploring on this project was bringing the serpent back to dragon designs. So many historical accounts of dragons describe them with snake-like features but I feel like that's been mostly lost in modern dragon designs. I wanted this one to be less extravagant than most of the others to give it a more classic vibe. That being said, I was't going to pass up an opportunity to paint sweet glowing through holes. I bet this thing is a real nuisance for those castle-goers.


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

Photoshop CC: 6 hours
Illustration©Becker&Mayer Books

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:iconerubin:
erubin Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Kind of reminds me of King Ghidorah.
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:iconotachikaiju68:
OtachiKaiju68 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
wow this is really epic!
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:iconcudzinec:
Cudzinec Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ооо, Змей Горыныч!)) какой симпатичный
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:iconsybaritic-hobo:
sybaritic-hobo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Hank: "I don't get it."

Steve: "Well, they all share a stomach, right?"

hank: "I guess...."

Steve: "So you feed the mentos to one on the left, and diet coke to the one on the right...."

Hank: "granted."

Steve: "Ergo, it shoots out the middle one in a great, firey, acidic burst of froth! Boom! Dragon fire explained!"

Hank: "......What if the dragon only has one head?"

Steve: "That's crazy talk!"
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:iconvampire-kun:
Vampire-kun Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
It only works inside the coke bottle though. When you pour the coke it loses too much of its fizziness to make for an adequate reaction.
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
dude dont ruin it xD
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
wut!? xD
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:iconsybaritic-hobo:
sybaritic-hobo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
Dragonic logistics!
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:iconkaprosuchusdragon:
KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
thats awesome!
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:iconlordbranflakes:
LordBranflakes Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, Legendary needs to hire you ASAP. I bet your Ghidorah would be absolutely badass.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
I imagine they already have a design by now. I bet it's gonna be quadrupedal based on smaug's design popularity
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:iconlordbranflakes:
LordBranflakes Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'm sure they do - I just think it would've been cool to see your take on it. But yeah, you're probably right about the quadrupedal stance. Hopefully it'll make for some interesting fight scenes.
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:iconcreativelvda:
creativelvda Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Will you continue your Pokémon?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Yes
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:iconcreativelvda:
creativelvda Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Yeah
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:iconprincestaghorn:
PrinceStaghorn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
I bet a Piasa would be interesting in this style
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:iconwolfloner2004:
Wolfloner2004 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is such a cool design! You're right, I don't see serpent dragons all that often, which is really a shame.
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:iconderkna:
Derkna Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
I think snake teeth look very fragile on a dragon yet the dragon is impressive as always
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:iconcubetron23:
CubeTron23 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of Ghidorah for some reason.
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:iconeliburryschnepp:
EliBurrySchnepp Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Pretty sure Ghidorah was inspired by him
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:iconwalruscanart:
WalrusCanArt Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
My only complaint is the glowing inner light from the throat through holes in the neck thing was honestly underused. Basically the only thing I can ever complain about your art is that there's never enough.
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:iconfantasyrebirth96:
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Very nice work like always~ And like always continue doing what your doing~
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:iconflameal15k:
Flameal15k Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Reminds me of a horned viper.

I LIKE IT!
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:iconserenityroseart:
SerenityRoseArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
wow! This looks fantastic! Congratulations on getting to work on that book. I love dragons.
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:iconturtledragon2001:
Turtledragon2001 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What a cool creature! I love how it looks in this piece.
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:iconjacobaryonyx:
JacoBaryonyx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
You should do like hyper realistic monster hunter monsters
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:iconminckies:
Minckies Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So pretty! 
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:icondemitrivladmaximov:
DemitriVladMaximov Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow that is one badass dragon.
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Filmographer
awwww yeahhhhhh
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:iconderilis:
Derilis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
lovely serpent/hydra you got there
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:iconamontheblack25000:
Amontheblack25000 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is truly amazing. you can see the work that went into this.
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:icongrace-zed:
Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Amazing work! 
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:iconragnu:
ragnu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I would totally crap my pants if I was in the vicinity of that thing. Nice job! =)
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:iconwwwordlord:
Wwwordlord Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2017  New Deviant
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves... love slavic epos. Strong flow, great vibes. Thank you! Sweating a little... 
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:icondanieljamieson:
Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
wow that is so cool 
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:iconfortiron:
FortIron Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
It is a pity that you are not familiar with folklore, because in the picture you have an ordinary wyvern! The "Snake Gorynych"at each head has its own characteristic and its own mind!
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:iconthewatcherofworlds:
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Rude dude...
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Its too bad that you're not more observant to see that its not just a wyvern. It has arms and legs ;p
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:iconfortiron:
FortIron Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Sorry, yesterday was slightly drunk.
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:iconstalkergame12:
STALKERGAME12 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Дракоша)
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:iconzookiedragon:
ZookieDragon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Artist
Amazing design. I love the serpentine look :)
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:iconprimordialnothingnes:
Positively badass design
You give Slavic folklore and culture a very good name
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:iconmadniaco:
madniaco Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
tricefalo 
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:iconloonaris:
Loonaris Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty Awesome! I love the light on the scales as much as theire color range :heart:
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:icondragonstar1278:
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Pretty awesome.
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:iconadrianogt:
adrianogt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
awesome beast
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:icondragonartist14:
dragonartist14 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Wicked!!!!!
Love it!
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:iconsacredspirit123:
SacredSpirit123 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Oh my gosh, you listened! :squee:  Thanks a lot for doing one of my favorite dragons! thumbs up emote 
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:iconthunder-b:
Thunder-B Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
wow :o
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:iconyankeebluejeans:
YankeeBlueJeans Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible.
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