WoF: Dragon Profiles: Ying Picture

It has been way too long since I uploaded any art, you've no idea.

Most of the time I've been spending Simming, looking for jobs, writing and composing and basically I haven't picked up a pencil or even my gorgeous new tablet for months. Well no more!

I decided to do some profiles for the important dragon characters in my Maya saga - specifically Wings of Fire, where they're the main focus.

Pictured here is Ying, who makes her debut in Wings of Fire. Ying is an Asian Forest Dragon, which I designed basically by researching as many Eastern dragon myths as I could, picking out similarities between them, then taking features that I liked and filling in the gaps with my limited biological knowledge.

Ying here is about 50 years old when we first meet her – though in dragon terms she's about the equivalent age of a human at around twenty-five or six. She's Chinese and her name means 'jade'. She is the ambassador for a colony of Asian Dragons living in China that have been invited to come to Myuraya's Island to escape from urban sprawl. Ying is an exception to her kind's usual attitude of aloofness. She's positive, curious, sociable and very cheerful, but also instilled with a deep wisdom thanks to the culture she has been exposed to whilst growing up.

ASIAN FOREST DRAGONS: These are a very old breed of dragon that evolved from Marine Dragons returning to land after the KT event. They are probably the second smallest breed of dragon, being the size of a car: only the Pygmy is smaller. These are the dragons that have become prominent in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese mythology, and while there are subtle differences between each country's dragons, their basic design is the same. They are built rather like Daschunds: long, slender and short-limbed for moving through thick forest, though they aren't as long and flexible as human art depicts them. There is a vast difference between males and females: males, which are more often depicted in Asian art, have horns rather similar to deer or antelope. They also have prominent ridges running along their back, much like their European cousins. Females lack all these features, especially the back ridges for they would likely gore the male's underbelly when they tried to mate. These dragons can fly, but rely more on their flight sacks to do so than their small wings, and much prefer walking or swimming. They are usually pale green or beige in colour and have dappled and striped markings like those of a tiger and leopard, to camouflage them.

Ying is mine.
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