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Chinese Dragon by LilleahWest Chinese Dragon by LilleahWest
Remember this funky WIP? lilleahwest.deviantart.com/art…
Well... Here's what it is!

Video www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmTuGN…

An artistic liberty commission. The customer wanted something that was a mix between the dragon dancers (or rather lion dancers but us Westerners have commonly misinterpreted them as dragons) seen in Asian parades and the dragons seen in traditional Chinese artwork, he wanted something that was friendly but not overly cute, so I went for a fairly plush cartoon look but kept things not overly cute with the teeth and overall expression.

This suit has vision out the mouth so we could make the dragon very tall, the jaw is set on a hinge with a spring so it bobbles open and shut as he moves. He has wiggle ears, whiskers on heavy gauge wire, an attached tail with internal belt loops, extra large "stompy feet", and features a wide variety of fur including a type called "bubble fur" for the scales (I have been itching to use this fur as scales for years now, I finally got the chance!).

Features small and medium raptor claws from DVC
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XNedra22 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I ran into this suit several times at FWA this weekend, and it is one of the most gorgeous suits I have ever seen! Well done! I would have never thought to use bubble fur for something like this!
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Silverfallingstar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you used the bubble fabric for a scale texture, I haven't seen that many makers willing to do something like that and I must say it makes it look really nice.
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BeadedDragon600 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great suit, but someone stole the pictures deviantartwhy.tumblr.com/post/…
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Fallingteapots Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
the person who stole it got deactivated a LONG ass time ago
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LinkSam Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Love the bright colors! Can't wait till you open commissions, hopefully my suit will be chosen.
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MissNellie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
this is so CUTE!

- Miss Nellie -
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TimmCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Ha! Awesome. Really nice work. I love how you emulated the scales. 
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yellowbigbird Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
china.......
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Punkprincesscm Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
This is so gorgeous :)
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive, if quite loud.  I think you captured the client's concept perfectly.
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weremagnus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional
I love the fact that the lower jaw wiggles and bobs when you move, much like lion dance masks do!
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Felixcani Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only one who can make something beautiful out of bubble fur! :D <3
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greyl0ng Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I LOVEEEE IT  Love Love 
its amazing O.O
and unique!
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magiebb Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Cool!!!!!East dragon:happybounce: It's really rare(T_T)
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Nightdragon0 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Looks like you've captured the aesthetic pretty well!
Like a 1-man version of the traditional Lion Dance costume, with that large head, the way the eyes look & that jewel on the forehead. Same for all the bright colors. I think it won't look out of place at Chinese New Year festivals over here!

Oh and lol at the cat photobombing!
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Poizonkitty3 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
haha.. random kitty in the background. Cute suit and cute kitty! :meow:
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You have excelled yourself here. I see an originality and talent for design that few other costume creators have, and definitely something one of the "mass producers" out there could not even come close to touching!
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Towble Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it! 
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey!! That looks supreme!
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Anayo-s Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Incredible
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PieMan24601 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
AWESOME~
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The-Ushi-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the cat in the picture! Cat doesn't care- it'll walk where it wants to walk!
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wolfphantom21 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh oh I got a picture of you from blfc I loved your costume I will post it soon
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Whoo, easily my favorite costume of yours so far! :la: Well done~ :clap:
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CookieMonsta409 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Its so unique! I love it!!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
The Chinese dance song to go with this superb suit would be, 'Dancing with Myself!'  Or perhaps the Loongest time...
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axemnas Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
I immediately shouted Chinese dragon when I glanced at the picture before I clicked on it. Beautifully done I love the whiskers and the colors 
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Lesbatron Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The bubble fur was a great choice! It looks fantastic
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Blu3Hal0 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student General Artist
wow! that's so pretty!
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JamJams Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I seen this one briefly in person, and man was it incredible.
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werewolf-hime1313 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, that is a rockin' suit! *-*
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Fingrprints Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Very beautiful colors! I bet this would be fun to wear! X3
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bluenightwolf Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's beautiful!
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