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Dolphin Dragon by merrypaws Dolphin Dragon by merrypaws
Dolphin dragon. Brain fart or a moment of inspiration? Sometimes, the line is fine indeed.

One of my more elaborate digital paintings of late. I had the strange urge to color it entirely in grayscale, and why not? I may experiment with this later, to see if I can come up with a technique to add color to black and white image. The markings I gave the dragon were inspired by the pacific white-sided dolphin.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Points for the non-bottlenose color scheme & smooth texture; still more for that wicked yet plausibly cetacean-ish dental array. I find myself wondering whether these guys opt for seabird-style diving strikes on subsurface prey, or retain enough speed/endurance for orca-style pack antics. Either way, nifty fusion.
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
My guess is that they change tactics depending on what kind of prey they're after. Flying probably doesn't come to them as easily as swimming, though, so maybe they favor the orca method.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Come to think of it, I wonder how feasible takeoffs from water are with those suckers. They probably tuck down flush enough to minimize drag beneath the surface, though.
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
It might work. After all, those wings probably create an impressive amount of propulsion underwater, so it's perfectly plausible to say that dolphin dragons can leap out of the water like real dolphins.
Staying in the air might be a bigger problem. Their anatomy isn't ideal for flight, whatwith the heavy, muscular tail and their flipper-like wings. They probably don't have much endurance in flight, so they prefer to travel long distances by swimming.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Sounds about right to me. Don't suppose these critters boast any ranged firepower to speak of?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I haven't really thought of that. Breathing fire underwater would certainly be highly inconvenient.
A short-range blast of superheated steam, perhaps? Evolutionary leftover from their land dwelling, fire breathing ancestors. Used mostly during nesting season to ward off possible egg thieves and scavengers.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Again, not bad. Perhaps the steam's vented through their sinuses for extra stream focus (plus a blowhole-style "whoosh").
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Sounds about right.
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FoxOFWar Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, this is pretty. And a curious idea, too. I really like the head design, so... dreamlike. A nice blend of the dolphin and the classical western dragon.

Bonus points for the 'entirely grayscale' too, sometimes it's great looking to stay colorless like that.
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is exceedingly creepy for some reason.
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