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Dragonite concept by catandcrown Dragonite concept by catandcrown
This should be in scraps for now, but i haven’t really got time to do it all up, but IT SHALL BE DONE.

But yes, seeing as all my other Pokémon were relatively easy to design, I decided that Leila, Jakes dragonite, needed to be designed fully, or id be stuck when I tried to draw her in battle. I took some things into consideration, and I made it longer and thinner, so its not all that strange to see it come from a dragonair, which is essentially a serpent, this one feels a little wyvern-y, which is good :)

i took the biological nature of it into account

- Large, large powerful wings to carry its body weight and allow it to fly at high speeds. these limbs can also be used to help climb on cliff sides, up rocks, when the smaller arms fail or cant reach

- the primary forearms , which it uses to walk on land with, i decided that seeing as its meant to be very adept at air and sea, it would be kind of slow on land, give it some let downs in the gene pool and all that XD but yes, these arms allow it to walk on all fours, using its back legs whilst on land, with these stubbier two at the front giving it a total of six appendages .

-A huge tail , with eel like qualities. i decided that when swimming, it tucks its wings in close, to keep it slimmed down, like an otter or long marine mammals, or like a leoplurodon etc, long, elegant, smooth. and using this massively powerful tail, it swims in the manner that a crocodile or alligator would, using its head and neck for direction, and the tail for speed :)

- large hind legs, which are concealed in this picture, are strong and don’t function as talons, more as leaping or just for a powerful kick off for flight. I imagine creatures like charizard to have more talons like feet than Dragonite personally, but that’s just me :)

Oh and i may put a saddle on her later on, seeing as she’s a delivery dragon of Jakes :)
sweeeet!


i know...i’m a nerd.

id like to thank :iconjazon19: for giving me some opinions of his on the biological side of the design, and for beign awesome in general XD

references used for the design include marine animals, the t-rex from Jurassic park, reign of fire dragons and bats, and saphira from eragon :)

EDIT: just refined the whole thing, added on Leila's saddle and generally made the picture better. The delivery dragon is in the house :)

Pokémon Designs.

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Blastoise
Charizard
Growlithe – Evolution Line
Dratini
Dragonair
Dragonite
Dratini – Evolution Line
Blaziken
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Lugia

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- Groudon
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- Kyurem
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:icondisturbeddragon2000:
DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
too sweet
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Raptorzesty Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I do appreciate you explaining your choices in design, I still am having trouble buying the transfer from Dragonair to Dragonite with this concept. "Why does this Pokemon go from a sea serpent to a flying dragon?" Is a question many people find themselves asking when confronting Dragonite, and I feel you didn't answer the question adequately. The Pokemon world is a puzzle that does have all the pieces, and by going with a European dragon design, you are ignoring several pieces.
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whilst i appreciate your comment, this piece is 4 years old and im kinda over it XD

the redesign is here - 40.media.tumblr.com/f26261ff32…

and the collection is here - 41.media.tumblr.com/9dc0e540a5…

if you fancy seeing how theyve developed.
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:iconcm25:
Cm25 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap, it's like Tigrex from Monster Hunter!
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:icondastreus:
Dastreus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, look, a Dragonite that doesn't look like a Barney-ish Derp.
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:iconicestormy:
IceStormy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
i wish he look like this in the game and show
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:iconunlawfulvagabond:
UnlawfulVagabond Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish dragonite looked more like this instead an orange barney with wings and a horn
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we can always hope for the mega evolution to be badass right? :)
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:icon17chrisjenkins:
17chrisjenkins Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dragonite's my favorite Pokemon, and even though I like it chubbyness, you did a great job thinning it down and amping up the dragon features. Amazing job! :D
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:icontycoondasher:
Tycoondasher Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
kinda reminds me of a Tigrex, except the Dragonite looks a little less fearsome XD
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:iconlokinorseman:
LokiNorseman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I hated dragonite for the longest time but this just makes him awesome
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:iconautsdraws:
autsdraws Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow. That changes my opinion about "cute-and-pudgy" dragonite. Thank you! haha, now I'm more eager to evolve my Dragonair.
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahah! this is an old idea, but im glad you still like him :) im working on a newer concept as we speak :D
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:iconautsdraws:
autsdraws Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great! Can't wait to see it ;)
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:iconsoulthreat:
SoulThreat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Why is aerodactal labeled dragonite
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
because its my rendition of how a dragonite could have all of its attributes and still work biologically. - [link]
thats how i do aerodactyl.
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FieryFafar Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Writer
ok in all my life Dragonites are like innocent and cutesy to me bUT WOW
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW
U JUST
WOW

U JUST CREATED A WHOLE LEVEL OF WOW IN DRAGONITE I DID NOT KNOW EXISTED IM WOW CONGRATULATIONS :icondragonwant:
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha!! thank you so much! itll be redesigned a bit more later on when i have time, but im really glad you like it, thank you :)
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:iconfieryfafar:
FieryFafar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Writer
wait youre gonna redesign it? aaaaa coolio im sure its gonna be more badasser than it is now! :icondragonwant:
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:iconscythevale:
ScytheVale Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! You made dragonite look bad 4ss! xD
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :D
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:iconscythevale:
ScytheVale Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yw!
It does look cool,it looks more realistic instead of a cartoon! ^W^
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:iconichigoxrenji:
ichigoxrenji Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Holy f**king crap! What happened to Dragonite's cuteness?!
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it got eaten by my larger, more ferocious dragon :3
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:icongotw3:
gotw3 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
..if only dragonite were really like this. ;_;
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconmidnight-soliloquy:
Midnight-Soliloquy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS ART RIGHT HERE, INCREDIBLE
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :)
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:iconmetashinryu:
MetaShinryu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
now thats how the freaking dragonite was supposed to look like!
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im glad you think so! :D
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:iconopuria:
Opuria Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Suddenly, Lance became extremely badass.
Ah, but seriously though, this is beyond impressive- I would always hesitate to evolve my dragonair because no matter how nice the stat increase, dragonite just looked so... dumb in comparison. So thank you, for turning dragonite into a creature that isn't a yellow Barney with wings.
:iconiluplz:
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! im always a little apprehensive when drawing dragonite in my style these days, usually because there are alot of people who just flat out dont like it. but its comments like these that make me proud of what ive done with the original concept. so thank you! :)
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Opuria Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
No problem! No, really, you deserve it.
After going through your gallery I've decided that I really ought to study/draw animal physiology, the explanations you've added to your sketches are both intriguing and well thought out. Have you ever actually taken a course on it- or was it more like, 'lemme browse the internet' kinda thing? :D
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so so so sorry for the late reply on this! i get so bogged down XD
as for my knowledge on animals, i seem to know a fair bit from absolutely nowhere XD its very strange, but ive picked it up from intelligent friends, wikipedia, tv shows, on-line, that kind of thing. i just piece these bits together and it seems to work :D
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
bellissimo
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The picture itself looks great but I feel in attempting to make it realistic you made Dragonite into.. well every cliche dragon ever. The only thing it retains from its standard design is the antennae, which are easy to miss. If I didn't see the title I wouldn't have even guessed that it was based on..
Definately think I prefer your realistic Dratini ^^;
(sorry)
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome to your opinion on these and i would have been a bit nicer had i not read your other comments before answering to this. if youre not keen on how i design dragonite then you dont have to be. its how i envision a biologically working pokemon. if you think you have a better idea for the design, please share it, id love to see it :)
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry that one comment was insanely rude and I didn't really realise how bad until I looked back at it ^^; I was just trying to say a pattern I noticed of things you could improve but WOW did I look like an ass ^^;
I would say a design that shows more clearly that its Dragonite would perhaps have it in a more clearly bipedal position? (like head on, not covered by a wing) Being bipedal and stocky of build are some of the biggest defining traits that separate Dragonite from being a standard dragon. It also has miniscule wings but that's one of the things you've really gotta change because it makes no sense XD
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a fair enough point, but yes, pretty poorly worded.

as to your suggestions, for me, Dragonite is brilliant, but it simply wouldnt work biologically. metalrepaer did a design where it looked more like an elephant seal, which shows its more aquatic sign, mone focuses on the flying as i feel its more important, beign able to circumnavigate the globe in under 7 hours i beleive it was? that requires a light frame, hollow bones and a vast wingspan able to glide as well as gain altitude etc. Being bipedal would also prove to be an issue, it can, of course do it, but logically speaking it wouldnt be able to walk properly, its tails to long, its wings are too big, and it simply isnt adapted to land travel as well as air or sea.

* shrugs * i love the originals, but im not aiming to make direct replicas, there are so many of those. but i appreciate your apology, just be a little more reserved next time with your disdain? lol
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Hipakipa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GAWD THIS IS AMAZING :iconomgsocuteplz:
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :O
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:iconkerevon:
Kerevon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
AWESOME.
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:icondeltafiremoonterra:
deltafiremoonterra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I like your dragonite but i prefer charizard
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my charizard? or charizard over dragonite in general? :)
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:icondeltafiremoonterra:
deltafiremoonterra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
in general
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MulticoloredCow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Omg, this is so awesome! Love it :D
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:iconcatandcrown:
catandcrown Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much! im working on a new image of it as we speak funnily enough XD
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:iconjackvondersonne:
JackVonDerSonne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw man, I love it! I'm trying to draw pokemon realistically, but that's just... amazing! I applaud you.
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catandcrown Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! and good on you for takign the realism path! SHUN THE ANIME! XD lol
nah i only kid, but thank you in any case :3
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