D-R: Hood - Naga Concept Picture

Hood - Naga Concept

Name: Hood
Myth: Naga (Hinduism and Buddhism)


Story behind this:

I couldn't sleep. Allergies plugged up my nose and I was coughing my head off. Vicks on the feet were counteracting against the might of Mucinex DM. Thoughts went to nagas, which reminded me of an idea I had several weeks ago for one of my Dragon-Raider characters. Since I couldn't sleep, I decided to draw. Glad that I did.


I looked up Naga designs on deviantART. For the most part, they are rather romanticized: human upper torso with serpentine body trailing, usually with a "hip" curve. I had a conversation with ~PlanetkillerX about it, and he was disenchanted with the physical attributes of a typical Naga.

I was inclined to agree: the body of a snake follows its head, not a "hip" as the typical Naga is depicted with. Having a "hip" would actually be dentrimental to its movement, as it would be a point of greater friction with the ground. Also, the chest could not be human-like, but would be flat like a snake for least resistance. The shoulders would be narrower or slanted, and pulled away from the ground to keep from impeding movement [like a "hip" would].

Furthermore, a realistic Naga can be considered a genetic hybrid, meaning that the human-like torso is unrealistic. Features would blend: the face is long, but forward-facing; arms would be of a longer proportion; and the mouth would be human-like in speech, but gape wide when bestial.

I'm not the first to do this, considering the great number of artists there are on dA.


The idea for Hood being a Naga actually follows a subtle character trend for Dragon-Raider: enhanced- or metahuman characters are linked with a mythological creature [Dragon-Raider = dragon, Springheel Jack = devil, Hood = naga] that serve as a counterpoint to the Christian undertones of the story.

As Robert Venturi says, "The simplicity [or complexity] of a design is derived from its inner complexity".

Dragon-Raider, Hood characters (c) Evan Moran Davis

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