See, one of the issues with drawing the dragon is he’s so physically big. It’s a struggle sometimes just to fit him into the panels. Making everyone he talks to visually readable (when they’re so tiny in comparison) is a challenge. So I’m trying to design a “look” for the humans that will still work when there‘s a giant dragon next to them.
I don’t post D&D stuff much, but I’m actually a “closet” huge D&D enthusiast (not to my close friends though lol). Anyway this is my favorite character I ever played with - Illyria na’Xiuhcoatl, Gold Dragon Wyrmling.
I laugh because she nearly died in a battle at level 3 with a goblin chieftain. I imagine she lives to be a great wyrm a thousand years later and still has nightmares about that almost TPK.
Tumblr’s gonna ruin the quality but here’s the piece I teased yesterday (click please!)
Just a big fuckin dragon curled into a ring
This is actually what the Wyrms look like in Triple Star. The Wyrms are basically classic western dragons covered in spikes and with massive clunky bodies. They weren’t very good fliers which is probably one of the reasons they’ve gone extinct, and also, they were incredibly territorial and hardly ever tolerated each other for long enough to produce offspring
I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting much as of late; school was winding down, but now I have more free time to work on this!
Three things are new in this little update:
1. The dragon can now bite the player.
2. The player can now be stunned and knocked back by both the bite attack and tail-swings (so as to stop the player from circling behind and easily defeating the dragon).
3. We have a health bar! It doesn’t look like much at the moment, nor does it do anything, but it’s there. The little jostling that occurred after taking damage wasn’t meant to happen, but I may try to implement that more fully as a sort of damage-taken-indication.
It’s hard to get a proper photo when using metal leaf. Also the glue pen is working fine, but if I want to do something larger I should get a proper gold size …. Plus I almost dipped my watercolor brush into my tea cup :p
I spent the day looking up things about creature design (Terryl Whitlach is my new heroine) and I have ideas brewing but this is what came out. Ordered a book on drawing animal anatomy for that, it will help with drawing crest and coat of arms too :p
With apologies to @flightlesswyrm420 (AKA angry “false information” anon)
Before being all high and mighty, maybe don’t come in on anon next time and actually show us your post without getting all crotchety that your one “OH LOOK AT THESE WRONG MEANIES” reblog on a post that’s a few months old slipped under the radar.
If you wish to dispute us on our advice, since you seem to have more of a mythological take rather than scientific (and based on your blog you seem to know far more than we do), you’re more than welcome. But don’t be a passive-aggressive asshole about it.
We’d be more than happy to direct to you for dragon help but based on the fact that you’re A) basing your entire opinion on us over one post that wasn’t as “”dragon inclusive”” (for lack of a better term) for your liking and B) flaming us obsessively because you didn’t like our opinion or critique doesn’t make us take you or anything you say seriously.
Also, Mr. Wyrm, please guide us to the Holy Mythology Book to End All Mythology Books, since I’ve never seen two sources that are exactly the same in every way. And please don’t message us that we “Didn’t read” or “ignored” what your post said. Several other mods and I have looked it over multiple times.
Adding onto that note, I would like to note some things I found interesting;
The Wyrm is often depicted as a flightless, snake-like dragon. Both the Hydra and the sea orc are flightless dragons. These are just three examples, there are many other flightless dragons, including the sea serpent. Look, a fourth example. I could easily go on, and this already knocks out half your argument because it’s all flight-based.
Perhaps this is a syntax problem of mine, since I did rush out the post based on ‘what is not a dragon’ instead of ‘what is a dragon’, as I do talk about water-dwelling dragons later on, but I’d like to add this on, less as an argument and more as a note:
The Wyrm is a dragon, but it is also a sea serpent. That is to say, Dragons (Draconian?) would be the suborder (presumably of the squamata order, since there aren’t that many crocodile dragons, although a wyrm has an alligator mouth and… yeah, let’s not overcomplicate things), and sea serpents would be a family in that.
The reason why I have this note is because yes, I do need to use science in this, because otherwise sea serpents wouldn’t be dragons. They’d be their own separate thing if I didn’t go out of the way to include them all in a suborder.
This is just a complaint on art style, that is the way the beak on this creature is drawn.
The thing is it looks like a beak, but I’m not sure if it is a beak, and even then it does not resemble a beak sans the shape. Big hands and anime hips are clearly inaccurate to real life, but you recognize that they are hands and hips. It could be a completely different thing altogether.
I direct you to the Coatyl, a type of dragon that closely resembles a bird. Or perhaps a Arctic dragon, which is often duplicated as covered in fur.
Now, this actually brought me to a book that I now have keen interest in reading: the Dracopedia. The coatyl is…. not actually a mythological dragon as much of a modern northwestern interpretation of Quetzalcoatl, a deity of mesoamerican culture. I guess most people seem to believe it is meant to be a dragon because dragon, when the feathers and serpentine form are purely symbolic of the duality of the human condition: the terrestrial body of the serpent and the spiritual understanding of feathers. Note feathers, not wings, as the representations of Quetzalcoatl rarely had any wings.
The arctic dragon is also not a real, mythological dragon; it is also from the Dracopedia, although I do not know what it is a representation of. And so is the sea orc.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the Dracopedia is fucking badass as hell. I want to buy it. But you can’t tell me to put my ‘science’ aside when the mere intent of the Dracopedia is to blend both facts of life and function and form, and the understanding of dragons as we know them.
And also, the Dracopedia is not mythology. The dracopedia is an art book from 2009 by William O’ Connor. Which is uh, not old enough to count as mythology?
on that note I would actually like to know why you think this isn’t a dragon, since, y’know, we concur on that.