Monthly Art Contest - October 2022 - WIP and Discussions

Please use this thread to discuss the monthly art contest for October 2022. You can share your WIP images and provide critique to others too.

Subject is a little bit complex :astonished:

Use at least one real-world creature to help inspire your design

What does it mean?

Grum999

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I will ask @Mythmaker explain this to us :slight_smile:

I am assuming taking a real life animal and converting it to dragon. For example taking a Axolotl as an inspiration for water based dragon or a Lava Lizard inspired fire dragon. it can be an eel too making a slender long water dragon floating above water or anything quiet similar to a creature called “sky eel” in Brandon Sanderson’s storm-light archive.

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This is a pretty interesting topic for this month,
what about an owlcat dragon ? :rofl:.
Gliding/flying snakes (Chrysopelea) would be an interesting quick one, as i think they are one of the reason eastern dragons are long but are flying even without wings.
Oh Philippine sailfin lizard - is a good one to reference, they already looks like dragon at certain angle - specially the popular black lizard with blue eye and for real dragon as real as one can touch - common flying dragon of South East Asia, tiny little thing that glides but they look like lil cute dragons.

can’t wait to see the result, also thinking of designs for myself.

Does the environment need to be natural type of environment?
Or could an urban dragon - dragons that adapted to urban living condition like how parrots and dove manage to do - will count? Or something like dragons that adapted to landfills, or ruins?

There is no specific size of what we can call dragon here right? like how it is in How to train your dragon, where there are tiny dragons and big dragons?

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I think we can take any animals no need to be of the reptile family. Like may be a cat or a dog etc.

Ok thanks for explanation
We have to be inspired by something real then to create the dragon…

Is a sausage could be considered as a realistic creature? :thinking: :innocent:


:astonished:
Such a cute creature :pleading_face:

Grum999

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Im excited about this! I’ll try to give it a shot even though I have only created dragons in Inkscape! There are endless ideas! LOL @ the Hot dog idea… if there are wiener dogs then why not dragons too :joy:

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Appetizer slug inspired dragon? The possibilities are indeed endless. :slight_smile:

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Bon appétit !! :sweat_smile:

Grum999

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Okay - sorry if it’s confusing. I thought I’d kept it simple! :upside_down_face:

  • It doesn’t mean you need to base your dragon on an existing creature.

  • It does mean you should look at real creatures living in the chosen environment (or similar) to help inspire your design.

See if you can find interesting features that might work well with a dragon - What might it look like if it evolved to thrive in that environment.

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Then, a dragon inspired by a sausage thing is not allowed :pleading_face:

Grum999

@Mythmaker Correct me if I’m wrong, but a sausage dragon would be ok if it’s furry if it lives in a cold climate for example.

A sausage with furry??? :astonished: :crazy_face: :sweat_smile:
→ in my todo list!

For what I understood, we have to be inspired by a real creature and the natural environment which it live in

I can’t be inspired by a sausage creature as it’s real only in my head :sweat_smile:

Grum999

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:grin:

Yeah - whatever!

Honestly - you don’t have to take it too seriously. I only added that wrinkle to encourage thinking a bit like a concept artist.

Maybe your dragon has evolved to thrive in a German sausage market, so taken on sausage-like characteristics to help it escape detection from big burly sausage sellers with large knives?! :thinking:

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In some case it can be something that discourage to think :sweat_smile:

So I consider it’s a go for the legendary Sausage Dragon of the Sausage Island! :partying_face:

Grum999

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A sausage dragon with the characteristic of a trash panda stealing food sneakily :joy:

@Mythmaker the topic is really fun , thank you.

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Lol not :sweat_smile:

I draw things more simple, a sausage dragon with characteristics of a sausage :grimacing:

Grum999

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I was thinking about modifying the brief to remove the additional requirement. I’ve rewritten it, and added some suggestions to hopefully clarify what I mean. It’s longer as a result, but less restrictive.
What do you think of this? -

Theme: Fantasy / Creature Design

Brief: Design and draw/paint a dragon which is physiologically adapted to the environment in which it lives.

All styles are welcome (within the general rules).

Suggestion: Look at real-world creatures to help inspire your design. See if you can find interesting features that might work well with a dragon and give it an advantage in the environment it lives.

Think; evolution and natural selection rather than just ‘it’s a magical creature so anything goes’.

Examples:

  • If it lives in a cold environment, how does it keep warm (or cool in a hot environment)?

  • Does it need camouflage to hide from predators or help it approach prey?

  • How does it move effectively?

  • Does it have specialised scales (if it has scales!) to help protect it?

  • Does it have aesthetic features to help attract a mate?

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Great, I will update the description with this.

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It is upto you, you can directly submit the artwork, there is no rule to submit WIP. If you wish to discuss get critique and talk about it then please go ahead.