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Misc - Dragon skeleton by Peet-B Misc - Dragon skeleton by Peet-B
The last of the skeletons. It was the most complicated and the biggest challenge, but im pretty much
happy with the result. The extra pair of limbs gave me quite a headache, but i refused to go on the road of 4 limbed dragons with 2 wings + 2 legs... those are wyverns >:l I will use this in further projects (at least 1)
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Suggestions and comments are welcome :)

Useful and interesting articles i found:

[link] - Wiki animal skeletons
[link] - bird limb mutation
[link] - "The biological implausibility of dragons"
[link] - Avatar's hexapods
[link] - bat flying
[link] - walk cycle
[link] - avian muscles
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SavageInsight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I usually disagree with fictional skeletons on instinct - but this one has a grace reminiscent of falcon or hawk skeletons - I can really see the function and flexibility throughout - it looks like you made yours more like a horse - not as likely to be on hind legs like some versions.

 The large "tail wings" are beautiful - I can even see the shape of the skull and horns as aerodynamic, actually providing some lift to the heavy braincase. 

  Something bothers me about the mid-spine and shoulders. Not sure what. 

  I wish I had a better look - the ribcage and gut cavity seem to be missing something, just intuitively. But maybe I'm just hung up on the latest versions of dragons  -  yours feel slike an elegant take on a pre-millennial concept.

   Beautiful.
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SammyTorres Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This looks really nice. The only problem is that the wings cannot move independently because they are attatched to the forelimb's shoulderplades :/  As an animator, If I had to animate this skeleton this would be a major problem.
Don't mind me if it's too late to be bothered with, I understand that CG takes time.... a long time. 
This comment is just from a professional animator and a life long amateur dragonologist n___n 
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SavageInsight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
People undervalue animators in other fields of design.

  There's a roboticist who went to animation and acting school before heading to MIT and is responsible for creating programs based on cartoon-like (pixar-ish) personalities. Inquisitive, helpful, risk taking, etc. complete with emotional motions.
  He based them on animation and acting principles, inspired by Luxo jr. (he even built a Luxo robot)

  Imagine if more machines were designed to move to emotive motion in precision. 

   Imagine if a car door's hinge or other things evoked an emotion like a pet. The impact on the world could be rather interesting.
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Kittycatglow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing C: I was wondering if I could use this as a dragon anatomy sort of guide?
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Peet-B Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure, just no commercial use please and put my name there somewhere : P
Also i suggest to read the comments, the anatomy could be upgraded easily
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Kittycatglow Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
alrighty C: I figured I'd ask first X3 not sure if I will use it for anatomy just yet since I keep changing my mind about things <<;
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Louisetheanimator Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Nice looking dragon skeleton, it looks so real. ^^
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SlateGray Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very plausible looking wing attachment. Excellent work! :D
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Athreana Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Hűha, ahogy elnéztem, elég sok hozzáértő hozzászólód van, bármelyikük hasznosabb, építő kritikát adott, mit amit én tudnék.. úgyhogy a magam részéről csak gyönyörködöm a gerinc és csontok ívében:)
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Peet-B Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Köszi szépen : )
Elég sok hasznos infót kaptam, meg elfelejtettem dolgokat menet közben... de a végén úgyis csak egy klasszikus sárkány : P
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