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Anatomy of the Pernese Dragon by bronze-dragonrider Anatomy of the Pernese Dragon by bronze-dragonrider
By George, I think I've done it! After 6 years of constantly reworking my idea of the anatomy of Pernese dragons, I have FINALLY settled on something I am 100% satisfied with.

If it weren't for their massive body size and relatively small wings, I think this could biologically function as a flying animal. But then, that's why they have telekinesis ;)

If you're wondering what the lines are across the wings, those are the batten ribs. They add strength and stability to the wing membrane.

Dissecting a rotisserie chicken REALLY helped me understand the anatomy of a bird's flight system, and I incorporated much of that into this. I also used a lot of reference from the Atlas of Animal Anatomy, especially of the Lion for the dragon's forelimb, as well as the Atlas of Pern for reference of the batten ribs of the wing.

Copyright of Anne McCaffrey for Pern and its dragons.

DO NOT use this in any way, shape or form without my direct permission. I've come across some people who have stolen my artwork, and I do not tolerate art theft AT ALL. So if you want to copy this, or use on another site, PLEASE ASK first. However, feel free to use this as reference material.
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Kick-flare Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
reckon you can label each muscle? XD
Z3nyatta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I'd love to use this as reference material for a tattoo design. It makes it SO much easier for tattoo artists to create a design from a line drawing, especially one so detailed! Great job!
bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012   General Artist
Sure thing! I'd love to see what you come up with, and the finished result! :D
bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011   General Artist
No, they're completely carnivorous. It's odd, their face shape is always described as somewhat equine, but that kind of jaw structure isn't very optimal for a carnivore. They have unusual teeth though, sharp at the front shearing in the middle, and grinding molars in the back.
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Huh, weird. Well they'd certainly be good at chewing.
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Are Pernese Dragons herbivorous? I've never read the books, so I'm curious, the head appears highly similar in structure and function to that of a horse.
SherlockianHamps Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ObloquyCondemed here, I'm finally getting around to that picture of our dragon-types in the same image XD I hope it turns out okay.
ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Very good work!
I can see nothing I disagree with what so ever, the only thing that bothers me, and I feel this is a space-on-paper problem, is the hind leg seems too folded, or folded awkwardly, if weight was put onto it it would shake and want to fold up totally, but do suspect that it was at the edge of the paper, yes?
bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010   General Artist
Thank you very much!

No, the posing was intentional, but for obscure reasons for those unfamiliar with the world of Pern.

They are described as having an awkward gait on the ground, because of their short forelimbs and large hind limbs. When they "walk" they're described as having a hop-skip gait, like an unfortunate cross between a rabbit and a kangaroo. So they're supposed to look a little out of place on the ground, their true grace being aerial.

I do understand and sympathize with your complaint though - I always found that quality difficult to portray and an annoyance to adhere to, since I would prefer a more elegant dragon. I should probably try to design my own for once and make my own rules :p
xryu2304 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
OMG that's nice. I love it!
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