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Amphithere by KatePfeilschiefter Amphithere by KatePfeilschiefter
This was a sort of fun practice thing. I came across a tiny photo of a wyvern maquette from "Reign of Fire" and used it as reference to see if I could paint something that looked like a sculpted model. Moved away from that idea a bit towards the end, but it was still entertaining.

Why an amphithere? Because nobody draws them, and they're totally awesome. Draw them more people. C'mon, chop chop.
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werewolfy01 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the amphithere, they live in north and south america, astecs thought they were gods and they have fetherlike scales.
they belong to one of my favorit dragons.

maybe i should start making them again
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The term amphithere/amphiptere actually originates from European Heraldry where it was used to describe flying winged serpents, typically with bat-like wings. You may associate the term now with the aztec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl because the Dragonology books invented that connection. They're essentially the same thing, but are geographically and culturally unrelated. However, if you wanted a term to refer to winged serpent type dragons in general, "amphithere" is as good as any. Just trying clarify things a bit on the origin of the creature.
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ryanedgcumbe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You inspire!
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Aprilweredragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Wow!
I like ampitheres!^^
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SilentClamity Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I featured your piece in my journal, here: [link] ^^,
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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SilentClamity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
FF you're making me want to get to my ref sheet! I have a version that I'm fiddling around with, but I'm leaning more towards the "feathered serpent" variety. Plus lots of shiny bits. Cause magic. <_<
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StraightUpRaver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its rare to see someone draw an Amphithere :) one of the more underappraciated dragon-serpents lmfao :D
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DragonMyths Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are right Amphiptheres are not very often drawn So yeah, I understand your point :) Very nice one ^^
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Sezaii Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I will definitely wana draw these guys more now, your so inspiring! XD
The painting is very professional, I really admire your skill! Definitely one of the best paintings of an amphithere out there!
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jbrenthill Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Stunning! It looks incredible!
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ontels Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Very eye catching! :)
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Neaffka Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is so...so...detailed! Just impressive!
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ZeitgeistDragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
I've considered drawing a dragon like this before, with no legs, and just wings. Buuuut...i haven't gotten around to it.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice job- you did get the sculpted look right. I wonder exactly how an amphithere is supposed to move around on the ground and take off without legs- maybe it wriggles about like a snake?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They'd walk around on their wings/arms, and probably climb and launch off of cliffs to get airborne. They may be able to slither a bit with their tails, but flying creatures aren't usually that flexible, so the tail would be more likely to simply drag.
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stery Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Awesome as always X(
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regklubeck Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hrm. Not at all sure how he's able to balance on such a tiny tail with no appendages...?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No appendages? Don't wings count? I imagine an amphithere would walk around on their wings in a way similar to bats or pterosaurs, leaving their tails to drag behind them. Theoretically, they could slither on their tail as well, but that would imply flexibility unusual for a flying creature. As for taking off/launching into flight, they'd most likely need to find a high vantage point to jump off of, so their wings would need to be dexterous enough to allow for climbing. I'd like to toy around with the idea of an amphithere running on its wing/arms and then jumping into the air as well, but that particular dragon would probably have to be smaller with a shorter tail.
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regklubeck Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant rear appendages. The tail narrows so much, it seems too small to support all that weight.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the majority of the weight is on the front end of the dragon, in the ribcage, so the arms/wings support the weight when walking around on the ground. The forelimbs of animals in general are typically what support the most weight, with propulsion relegated to the hind limbs. And if the creature was to rest on its laurels, it doesn't need a long tail to do so. Long tails create drag in flight, so though it looks pleasing aesthetically, it's not a productive feature to have.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dear, I didn't see that comment. For now I've realized something.

Is that explain why dragon own a long tail because of the serpentine appendage for climbing and jumping (coil like a spring and bounce up)? If so, it would be an advance method and doesn't acquire legs, so it'd be even more make sense about the thick chest and dense muscles.

Only one thing I didn't figure out though, how could they balance themselves in flight without a plane on a tail? I'd take the concept like many tailless stealth UAVs (RQ-170, X-47B), but they're engine-powered while dragons didn't.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you look at the painting, this amphithere does indeed have a rudder/plane on its tail. For most terrestrial creatures, a tail merely serves to provide balance. As an amphithere would likely have a stiff short tail for stability in flight, it couldn't be used as any sort of spring. All the climbing and moving around is dependent on the arms/wings.

The main reason dragons are drawn with long tails is to make them appear more serpentine, but realistically, as flying creatures they'd have shorter stiffer tails.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, to be honest, at the first sight of the picture, I thought it was a tail barb shaped like a sort of edges.

Will the tail also resemble to some fly/glide-able mammal's limbs as a support of membranes? I've seen some dragon's wings is rooted rather long, like from shoulder to the middle of the tail.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that thing has sorta big chest for that wings! This I adore a lot! :D
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, it needs that big chest for powered flight; especially since it's wing/arms are it's only form of locomotion, and it has to work harder to get airborne due to the impossibility of obtaining a running start.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So... that explain why avian never own a pair of arms because of the anatomical limitation of the chest? It could explain a partial reason of the wyvern's existance. However, I wouldn't figure out how the limbless body able to take initial flight without legs? I mean, they have to "launch" itself for airborne, and legs could do that by jumping upward.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Avians do own a pair of arms, the wings are their arms. An amphithere would need to launch itself off of a high vantage point in order to get airborne. They could use their wings/arms to scale cliffs and then take flight from there.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, the cliff! Damn, I always forgot about that dense steep of mountain is a very suitable home for dragons. That clear things a lot. :)
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Spritle22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally awesome indeed -3-
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SamuraiDragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOVE the lighting in this, makes it just that much more dramatic, after the roaring snarl there <3
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khyterra Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaa amphitheres are my favorites. Totally gonna draw a couple later.

Also, this came out awesome. I love the values and texture you achieved here, especially on the chest and head. All those teeth! D:
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Katie-Joy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Wow this is amazing! Really great work :)
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sincebecomeswhy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have amphithere's here [link] and there [link] but I didn't know that's what they were called!
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, they're not commonly mentioned or written about, but they're cool
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FictonArtAuthor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Cool Dragon. Good work.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Yeah, I was thinking "oh look! No one draws those, finally."
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