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The East and the West by artstain The East and the West by artstain
The Eastern Dragon named Shenron or Long and the Western Dragon named Draco.

Eastern dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore, with mythic counterparts among Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese dragons. In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In contrast to European dragons that are considered evil, Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang (male) and complements a yin (female) fenghuang "Chinese phoenix".

In Western folklore, dragons are usually portrayed as evil, with the exceptions mainly appearing in modern fiction. In the modern period the dragon is typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned dinosaur-like creature, with leathery wings, with four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, and various exotic colorations. Iconically it has at last combined the Chinese dragon with the western one.
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ScarsAndStories Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do eastern dragons not have wings? can they not fly?
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you had the right point, they haven't had wings.... but the strange thing is they can swim on air just like illustrated or shown on any chinese movies.
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ScarsAndStories Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay i was just like trying to figure it out haha
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ZeitgeistDragon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
They fly via magic.:)
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
But you observe it very well :D hehe
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OriensPhoenix Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Love it :love:
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zangetsu-king Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
I won't say which is my favorite but if you get this reference you can guess.

Come on out! Shenron!
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artstain Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D hahaha! you're smart to think of it, yes he's almost look like shenron specially the pose.
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Draconian1305 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
faved this.
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artstain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   General Artist
They are named after their species?

Nice drawings, they almost look like wood-cuts. The western dragon actually reminds me a bit of the dragon from "Dragonheart", presumably why he is called "Draco".

Some exceptions to the notion of evil dragons come directly from European folklore and mythology, you know. The French Wyvern was meant to be a protector of the people, similarly is the heraldic Welsh dragon, and in Slavic legend there are two dragons who are brother and sister, the brother is benevolent to humans and the sister is malevolent

There are also examples of evil or beastly Asian dragons, such as the eight headed dragon Yamata no Orochi (although this is a Japanese story, not Chinese).
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, the western DRagon is almost Draco of dragonheart and it was also mentioned in wikipedia.
And about the protector of Welsh?.... never heard that before and the brother and sister seems very interesting dragons.
The very familiar to me is the Yamata no Orochi, the Serpent with 8 heads in one body.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   General Artist
Well, it's not that surprising that you hadn't heard of the Welsh dragon, since not many people outside Britain seem to have heard of Wales, and those that have don't think it's a "real country" because it's part of Britain, but Britain is a united kingdom made up of four smaller countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each of those are their own country but all are part of Britain. The Welsh have their own government, their own national anthem, even have their own language, and their own flag, on which is the iconic Welsh dragon, protector of the people and symbol of their Celtic heritage. The Welsh Dragon is a large, red, winged dragon with bird-like talons for its four feet, a horned nose and a curled tail with an arrow-head tip. It is often portrayed in a highly stylised manner such as this: [link] and sometimes is shown to have a very perculiar look like this: [link] but other times is shown to have a more traditional look, like this: [link]

Anyway

I think the idea of dragons as evil comes mainly from Christianity in Europe, since dragons were usually pagan symbols.

Nonetheless, this is an excellent piece of art that you've produced :nod:

Ah, so you know of the eight headed dragon already then :nod: I see.
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, dragons in christianity is the symbol of evil and satan [link]
I knew that UK is united of many countries but different dialect and government but still awesome!
and seeing the protector dragon :omg: it was in your flag!
hmmmnn..very interesting :iconthinkingplz:
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   General Artist
Well I'm not actually Welsh, I'm English, but I still like the Welsh dragon.

I think pagan things generally got portrayed as being the Devil by early Christians -- One of the Devil's forms looks a lot like Pan, the pagan god of shepherds, for instance. I never got why Left-handed people were meant to be the Devil though, maybe it was because a lot of Muslims were left handed or something.

Anyway

I must take a good look around your gallery, I had a quick glimpse and it looks like there's some good stuff in there :D
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Wildfire66 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Beautifully drawn and detailed dragons there :D
great work :)

Both types of dragons are as equally awesome to me eventhe other types of dragons
they each have awesome and unique things about them :)
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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Thanks for the comment, feel glad for it! :-)
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Iris-the-WildQueen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, everyone of them is awesome, but together? It's absolutely awesome! Amazing, amazing, amazing... And no more words...
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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Thanks for the comment, feel glad for it! :-)
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Iris-the-WildQueen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconyourewelcomesignplz: :boogie:
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Silverthehedgehog747 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that is soo cool yup you got that right about the different cultures and such on teh dragonz:)
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
hmnn i only got the info on wikipedia ^^;
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Silverthehedgehog747 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thatz cool I can tell ya this this time Wiki waz right!!!! :) Your welcome:)
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11cj Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
wow that really cool dragon's
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
now i feel cool too ;-)
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AlistersAngelsong Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely AMAZING,I can hardly keep my jaw off the floor.The detail is beyond incredible(I think I could do a crappy replica of that and it would still take me about a year)and dragons kick a**!I love it!
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :thanks:
Hmmnn... maybe don't do a replica of this.... coz you can make more better than this :D just do patience on detailings :-)
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AlistersAngelsong Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
PS sorry if it sounded like I was going to copy it...swear I'm not an art-stealer!nobody would believe it was me,anyway...^^
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D hahaha.. no problem for me if you want to copy it ;-) hmmnn... maybe you can do better or maybe.. hmmn

feel so proud for me if they want to work just like mine :-)
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally you get here artstain!

Awesome piece!
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artstain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm still here :D only can't scan a artwork ^^;
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Gr-yFire Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student General Artist
These are amazingly detailed! They both are beautiful representations of Eastern and Western dragons, keep up the fantastic work! :wow:
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artstain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
And so glad to hear that from you :thanks:
Thank you very much :-)
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Gr-yFire Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Welcome. :)
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shawz0311 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
beautiful
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artstain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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The-Bluetip Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work! Really fantastic job with all those details and i love the scales and plates on both of them!
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artstain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
and i loved doing crazy details :D

Thank you very much :thanks:
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Sweetestsarah Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing detail! I love the western dragon but I also like the eastern dragon. I can not decide :iconawwwplz:
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artstain Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D hehe....let your heart decide for it ;-)

Thank you very much for like it :thanks:
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Daddy-Warbucks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Western dragons are better because Eastern dragons are very girly looking aside from the mustache.
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artstain Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup! western dragons are furious and strong :D
hmmnn... Eastern is just only a prospherity and good luck ;-)
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stiffmeister2 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Absolute beautiful peices! The best that i have seen.
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artstain Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You make me feel glad dude :D

Thank you! :-)
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xx-Cygnus-xx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
This is an epic drawing! :wow:

Did you win the contest?
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artstain Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww! thanks :thanks: (...you're ringo starr :wow:..hehe ^^;)


and about the contest?.... ^^;
suddenly i got only honourable mention but it's ok. :-)
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xx-Cygnus-xx Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Ringo is my favorite Beatle, yes. x3

Well, this looks like a winner to me, anyway. ^^
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artstain Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The Beatles is one of my favorite.. i mean top of my fav :D

Thanks for that, i feel winner at all :D
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Fight! 2/3 odds on west!
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artstain Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D thanks dude!
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