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Neritic Dragon by shingworks Neritic Dragon by shingworks
The Neritic Dragon is a smaller dragon about the size of a cormorant. As indicated in its name, it spends most of its time by the ocean and favors warmer climates. Its vivid blue upper coloration makes it difficult to spot from above, and its white belly likewise shields it from predators from below. This species is unique because it can both fly and swim, utilizing specific parts of its anatomy:
- Wings can be used for both flying and swimming
- Head and back crest are useful stabilizers in an air/water stream
- Broad tail useful for stabilizing in the air (somewhat a hinderance in the water)
- Fringes on fingers and toes collapse when the foot is pushed forwards, and extend when the foot is pressed backwards, suitable for diving and swimming
- Small sharp teeth and claws, as well as rasping surfaces on the palms are ideal for grasping fish
- Good eyesight for spotting prey from above
- Gills for underwater breathing (they must keep their mouths open to breathe above surface)

In addition to being beautiful animals, they are highly valued for their loyal companionship on the seas and ability to spot shoals of fish from the air.


Wanted to color something blue for once, and had a good time doing it :D Its a concept for another project I'm thinking about workin on... I'm probably going to make a print of this guy too, since I spent a while on it.
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WhereBeDragons Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the coloration. His design seems lifelike in that it is evocative of living reptiles/birds of prey. It gives him authenticity. I like authenticity in my fictional creatures.
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carnival Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
neat design~ ^______^ the gecko-y hands are my favorite! :'D
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Colecanth Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like the design, it's very unique!
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FbPheonix1 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its cute
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Que-ink Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty good. I like the detail you put into this piece. Well done~!
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hanan109 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
i think this is probably my favorite dragon on deviantART!
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Livelife92 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty awesome animal we have here :) If only the existed in real life :(
Really love it!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks!
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monstermyth23 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Do more!
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jayuu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really nice C: Adoraaablle dragon!
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hanan109 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Whoa! I love how he's like a gecko!
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corkscrews Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
whoa! i'm loving these colors and all 0:
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kayliesaurus-rex Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
such a great design! and i love all the thought you put into it!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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TalonRGero Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the detail.
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Kiyomi-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D I love the colors also love your art too, been reading your comic The Meek for a while
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Grenadehappysquirrel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Love the wings, and how its like a gecko.
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Isihock Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Awww. cute! Your wings look awesome, and the colours are just amazing! :omg:
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wastelandwiseman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wow.....
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jwolf999 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good![link]
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DevilRena Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its so cute! and yet still looks ready to maul your face off :D
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AnimatedBeauty Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
OMG so cute <3
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lady-largo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awwww... that's so cute I would like to give him a kiss, he would not eat my nose if I did it, would it?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No, it only eats fish :)
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concordexlover Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Nice cartoonyness he has
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool critter! Love the colors and the wing design.
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ArtistikLullaby Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you very much ! :D
Sure, I'll put your copyright on this picture.
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ArtistikLullaby Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Hello ! I like so much this picture, can I use this picture for my forum ?
It's an HTML forum, and Id' like this picture to create a new character...
If you want my website adress, ask me. Thank's.
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shingworks Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
If you give credit to me as the artist, then you may use it for casual internet use. Of course, you can't use for like making money off of.
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Topaz1963 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Looks quite cute that dragon. Hehe!
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shingworks Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ninjerina Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student General Artist
could pass for an archaopteryx relative.
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missmangaka15 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Student
WAAAA I love dragons <3 this one is soo cute <3
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THE-RAttie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colours of this, so nice and bright. i want one althought i don't think it would get along with my cats very well.
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Great design! I really like the little fingers on the wings :XD:
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Nythus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww cute little thing

Nice style !!
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Orangeandbluecream Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Student General Artist
Very cool!
I wish I had something better to say but everyone has already said it.
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mafagafa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
awww whata sweet draggie
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shingworks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Thank you Alex for you have inspired me to continue my dragon studies yay!
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Snowsilver Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
I really like that you've given this lil guy an ecological and biological background - it's one thing to create an interesting design, but it's another thing entirely to actually be able to justify it. Awesome!

Being from a maritime area myself, I often see cormorants sitting and drying their wings after a big swim. I can just imagine these guys doing something similar!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sort of anal when I make things, they have to make sense or else I get annoyed...

Hehe, we have cormorants around us as well! I love watching them with their wings spread like you said, and when they sit low in the water.
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JESGRAD07 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009   Digital Artist
sweet! a gecko dragon so cute :3
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Dacada Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009   Photographer
is so cute!
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Saevira Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Holy Cow, Cuteness!!!
*Runs towards it screaming*
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*Cuddles it*

Yay he's so cute!!
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Ara-Tun Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Do I detect some shameless use of osprey and grebe characteristics? :sherlock:
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shingworks Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well coot, actually, for the feet. :3 The crest on his head is inspired by a type of lizard.
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Ezera Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
thats so adorible! ^^
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VosIx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
i love him, a little gecko dragon, i have come back tot this one many times and it still has such a "wow" effect. the detail work is stunning, and though it looks at first like a classic aztec/mayan dragon the body shape, the gekko base, the pose, all very original and the lines blend so naturally. very thank you put this out to be viewed.
vos
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shingworks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I didn't know he had a mayan base, I started with a pleasing geometrical shape and then went from there... I should have guessed that people would have had better ideas centuries before me XD
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