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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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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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