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Qilin by KatePfeilschiefter Qilin by KatePfeilschiefter
My take on a Qilin, doodled during a class.

Qilin (chinese) or Kirin (Japanese) is an oriental chimerical creature described as having the horns of a stag, tail and hooves of an ox, head of a dragon and scales of a carp. They're supposed to be omens of good, and have often been misleadingly called Chinese Unicorns, despite their ancient depictions resembling a hooved dragon more than any herbivore. They also posses a pair of antlers, rather than a single spiral horn.

I like the Chinese idea of them being more draconic than the Japanese version, in which they're more deer-like. But either way they have dragon heads and carnivorous teeth. The depiction of them with deer or horse heads is a recent invention.

Anyway, I drew this guy with the idea that they're omnivorous cousins of the oriental dragons. There are so many various body-builds amongst westerns, it's interesting to find an eastern correlation.

Wikipedia Qilin article: [link]

As always, critique is always welcome and helpful.
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MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Great. How did you colour it? It looks like a professional tattoo.
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
beautiful work! i love the details and pose!
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BakedBananaBeans Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
amazing!!!
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cpomall Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
sorta like an oriental, ungulate drake.
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
cool :)
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Tessna13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is something I would willingly get as a tatoo...beautiful.
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Melanorosaurus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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Tyfga Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
This is AWESOME!!!!! :)
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uncle91 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Very cool!
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EarthCookies Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks absolutley wonderful! Your art is always so beautiful :)
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