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Royal Sea Dragon Design by Sky-Shifter Royal Sea Dragon Design by Sky-Shifter
Character design request for FlyingLimes. They wanted a 'royal sea sacrifice dragon'.

I actually struggled a bit with this one and ended up drawing it twice. First attempt looked pretty much like a guardian dragon from FR (oops). I'm much happier with this one though. c:

When I hear royal, I think king, and when I think of king of the sea I think of sharks and orcas. Though shark dragons are awesome, you don't see them as much as orca dragons and so I went with that. The markings on it were inspired by the haida designs of the pacific northwest tribes; I was trying to add to the 'royal' part of the request, make it look more majestic. I am still honestly lost on the sacrifice part though. I had no idea how to incorporate that...

Commissions are open!

Art belongs to Sky-Shifter
Character is for FlyingLimes use only!
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gahh this design is beautiful! I've hung on to it in my inbox so I can see the thumbnail every time I come on DA. This design is top knotch, the colors, the patterns, the shapes, the lines, it's so powerful and regal looking. You really succeeded in designing around those key words I feel. I think the sacrifice word came in well too, both with what you've said in other people's comments and in the design. It looks so otherworldly and spectral, like it could float through air just like water. And the detached wings are very ethereal too. This creature looks like it could have been a sacrifice itself before it.. ascended to its ghostly king of the sea self here haha
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   General Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much! I struggled a lot with this one, so I'm glad you think the end result worked for the words I was given! Part of me really wanted to go with a more aztec/mayan feel originally, but I felt that was overused and went with the haida instead. While not really connected to sacrifice, I thought it was more unique and might make it seem more mysterious. I was originally going with a more typical dragon design too, but just couldn't get it to work, which is why I went for the floaty whale.

XD, I like that idea too! Everyone's coming up with such good concepts for this one! :la:
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! Going against your initial ideas to branch out into things that weren't immediately obvious was a very good idea! It definitely paid off big in the final design. And yes this guy does look so much more mysterious with what you chose~
Haha well whoever the final owner of the design is, they're more than welcome to help themselves to the ideas I put out XD
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HikariDana Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very interesting~
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! c:
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HikariDana Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
np ouo
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FlyingLimes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS WONDEFFUL DEAR!!
Im definitely keeping them.
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
Yay, I'm glad you like it!

Let me know the name, gender, and all that stuff when you come up with it and I'll edit it in. 
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Toonclouds Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...The white parts on the biggest black spot on the wings kinda looks like a ]:l face.. x'D
Either that, or (without including the l on the black bit below the large dot), it could be an upside-down version of :[
That's a very grumpy wing.

The design looks amazing though. ;u;
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
A friend saw it and instantly decided to shout 'MEH FACE' at me, lol.

It was unintentional, but I'm going to work it into the design and say that the face is representative of how many sacrifices the dragon has received. It has the meh face when it hasn't received very many. D:

XD, thank you.
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Toonclouds Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great, omg. xD
It's like, "GIMME MORE SACRIFICES. MEHHHHHH. *Grumpily shows pattern on wings*"

No problem. ouo
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
ANGRY SACRIFICE DRAGON ANGRILY SHOUTS MEH.

Best mental image ever, XD.
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FlyingLimes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Im keeping that canon.
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014   General Artist
YES. >: D
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inkblush Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellently done! I love the "orca" like appearance. 
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! I'm definitely thinking about doing more orca dragons in the future after this, they're a lot of fun! :D
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inkblush Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I can imagine! Perhaps you could make a new species.
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Sky-Shifter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
Maybe, lol. ;)
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