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Swamp Dragon by malta Swamp Dragon by malta
Edit: I love you all for faving this or leaving a comment :heart:

Concept idea for a new species thing, not too original, I know :p was fun to do though.

--Quillback Hyriads--

Hyriad: Of the reptilian family, creatures with talloned digits, and an opposable thumb. The body structure of Hyriads resembles that of Dragons, with elongated necks, snake-like crania, and long spindly tails. Structures vary slightly according to habitat, looking either more feline, or more like ostritches.

Also known as the 'Swamp Dragon' due to the fact that this creature favours swampland habitats. Although there is no proven link of kin to the greater dragons.
Small in scale, usually about 40-50cm at the shoulders, they prey on small mammals such as marsh hares, fish, swamp birds and amphibians. The long quills ornating its back are a sign of maturity, as well as secrete toxins to stun potential attackers.
The small set of wings is usually the reason why they are thought of as dragons, however these creatures do not fly. The wings are usually used by males to show off to females, and are generally tucked tightly against the back. They also offer the quillback propulsion when in or under water.

Quillbacks are far from being dull witted, as is generally beleived. The creatures, although small in size, are quite intelligent, and communicate with a complex set of clicks, whistles and chirps.

Having been hunted for its mane of quills, the species is in decline in the Wilds, and can only be sighted in the deepest reaches of the swamplands of the Western continent.
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soranetame Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I use this in my tabletop RPG book, with credit?
Finf Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Wow, this is an awesome design for a dragon, I love its spines and its posture as a whole :D
spirlocke Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I just want to say, this is my favorite depiction of a dragon ever, and I used it as my desktop wallpaper for many years.
vevans0009 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
This design is very creative!!!
CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work and an interesting design. Wonder what they do if they spot a human in thier territory.
Marl1nde Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist
that is cute and creepy at the same time
MoodDragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Very interesting. I like knowing more about beasts people create. :) The picture is wonderful.
Aquasheep-Lady Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
love it!
BobbyandPuphf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!
Reddrose Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I love this!
DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

This amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]
super0knight Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
The best. Love it!!
Faulken Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After mercilessly ransacking your gallery and leaving a random smattering of comments, I thought I was overdue to comment on one of your monster designs. Reading the description, I love how your designs are as well thought out as they are lovely to look at! I'm particularly fond of frilled lizard/dragon type things with clear bird like elements incorporated into the design, so I enjoyed this one!
jasmineHackney Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Artist

pls help if u can pls help[link] if you can
ArtemisxVivian Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. Wait a mo-----it is now my screen saver!

This is sooo going in my next novel.
corona0katt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I absolutely love this dragon! I would love to have this as a tattoo, or something with the same generally idea.
SerriaNi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I'd like to admit that I had this inked as a tattoo back in 2007 for my 18th birthday without your permission. I apologize for not asking first.
malta Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha really? Could I see a pic of it? I always like seeing my work tattooed on someone.
And I forgive you ^^
MissPoe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's cute. :P And it has personality, something you would like to see in a cartoon. It would become a favourite immedietly.
malta Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
HMMMM.. maybe I should!
noobelly Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what a curious creature ^^
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, really awesome design! He looks almost shy :D
dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice ^^
pretty good coloring and detail
Miss-Diane Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Photographer
It is too much cabbage I would so like that he(it) exist!!!
Radioactive-Freak Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
germanvisitor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
And I just thought I had found a discworld fan picture...
Kaledra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found this image on google like years ago. I LOVE this image. I almost had it as my tattoo. just wanted to let you know I'm a huge fan, and if I ever post my image online, I'll link the original. =]
Jknight3135 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it! dragons are a facination for me but ive had no luck in drawing them :(. he looks lonely
JT-Jones Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
featured :[link]

Hope you like it =)
LoyalCellHeart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aww he's got personality in his little face ^_^
charredlief Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute and detailed...
gives a sense of michievity
:+fav: I hope to see more (which I will...probably in your gallery :D)
Sockmonkeylover Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   Photographer
I love this style! you put a lot of detail into the background too! +fave for sure! :)
Luzaria Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
cute :heart: :hug:
Cetholdus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
ReLly cool and unique!
Cetholdus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
ReLly cool and unique!
dragonlady08 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student
thats amazing dude/dudet! lovin it big time.
Nimbifer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Uh,I love the Picture! The Wings are fantastic and the eyes makes me speechless...All right: It's perfect!
EverySingleNight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty cool
DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Looks like a dragon to me.
Ember-sama Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it strange that I find this extremely cute? XD Anyways, amazing job, I love the spines on it's neck.
Queen-of-Daemons Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faved. ^_^ Have you thought to draw one with brightly-coloured markings in the wing-membrains, so it could be a 'male'? Or is that the male of the species? Good job on the head! :D
Foesmite Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Really like the style this is done in
charlie46 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is cool lol
Your--Addiction Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010   Photographer
I love this little guy! He is so cute
TheJapanFan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Very cool picture :D
Mukiya Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student General Artist
creepy but cool. O.o
spyro12348 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love it great coloring
maiceyfox Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
This poor little Quillback Hyriad is waiting for his mate, and she's late.
I love the emotion you put into this picture! You're description fits him perfectly. :)
Karacopas Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
i love this. It remindes me of something ive saw before but i just cant put my finger on what it is.,..
Arimermaid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I love it! This dragon is oozing personality! ;-)
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