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Oorieu by VaraAnn Oorieu by VaraAnn
Orrieu © *VaraAnn/Kara Vines

Original Anatomical reference:
Revised Anatomical reference:

Other Oorieu and artwork:
varaann.deviantart.com/gallery…



I'm submitting this now because I've been itching to submit it for a couple of weeks now, I was trying to get everything in order with this. Oorieu is a deep sea dragon.

Anatomy description
For Oorieu to swim comfortably, I designed certain things about him to adapt to water. One: I greatly reduced the length of the humerus compared to a wyvern, because Oorieu’s arms stay at his sides most or all the time. It allows him to swim a lot easier without having to bring his entire arms forward to propel himself through the water, mainly because it is difficult to do, it would slow you down, and tire the arm muscles a lot faster. Two: I gave him small legs because he spends most or all of his time in the water, but he can use his wrists to walk on, on land. Three: To make catching prey at his deepest range of depth interesting/possible, 3500 ft, I gave Oorieu a lure that has a thin band of muscle that allows him to have control over it, not letting the water current move it while he is hunting. The muscle is attached right underneath the bottom jaw. Four: I put skin over his horns to protect them from the icy waters of the deep. Five: I gave him a overall coverage of fat to keep him relatively warm in the water. I added thicker bands of fat for insulation and padding, such the fat on the back and the wrists, respectively.


www.seasky.org/deep-sea/deep-s… is an awesome website that easily informed me of the creatures of the deep. From there, I was able to see what animals live at what depth, learning how to base my design on this info. In the ID flash animation, I took/learned from that: I wanted to not focus on the deepest of creatures, but somewhere on the top of the deep, in between the twilight and midnight zones of the deep; I wanted to base my design on something shark-like, something with form and mass to it, such as the oarfish, sixgill shark, whale, and coelacanth. Based on the average depths that these creatures live in, I wanted Oorieu to be able to go down to about 3500 feet, an area where some bioluminescence can be used for hunting.
www.seasky.org/deep-sea/oarfis… An Oarfish is the fish I that to be the most inspiring for Oorieu’s coloring and theme. After some other research, I found that most deep sea creatures are red or black, so I made Oorieu colors similar.
www.livescience.com/1078-seals… I looked up this website because I wanted to base Oorieu on a seal/shark, not angular fish that are very small. For Oorieus anatomy, I based in on seals, animals that can dive to the deep sea, the same range of depth as Oorieu. I also learned many physical adaptions seal do for diving in the deep.

Here is a list of a seal’s ability to dive in the deep sea.
A. Hold and maintain low oxygen levels during a dive
1. Turn off shivering
2. Allow entire body to chill down in water, close to hypothermia
3. Allow the brain’s temp to drop by 5 degrees to prevent hypoxia
B. Fat


Orrieu © *VaraAnn/Kara Vines
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:iconmanaista:
manaista Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay wow... just wow...
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Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo bravo!
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
sublime
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SmileyFangs Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is an amazing piece! I've never worked with this medium before but I would love to try one day ^-^ I have always loved dragons :) The color scale that you chose for this piece is great too; makes the dragon seem more dangerous.
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IanYannic Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Very nice drawing o.o

I love that shading within that pose o.o
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Raptor85 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning :3
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EveresshiaWind Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
KARA! I'm jealous. As always. And you know that's a compliment. Haha. Amazing work! Is this an update on a previous work? Or is this completely new? >>the background might be throwing me off because I know you use similar backgrounds at times.) haha. Beautiful though. :)
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VaraAnn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student General Artist
:love: Thanks. I did it at the beginning of last year. Idk about the background, its meant to appear like it was close to the surface, so the light is shining through the water, making it more intense.
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EveresshiaWind Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I get what's going on in the background. I was just saying it looks like you've used similar backgrounds, BUT that makes sense BC you draw a lot of sea creatures. Lol
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DiamondDragon33 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I am faving this right now!!:squee:
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:iconvaraann:
VaraAnn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
:love:
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DiamondDragon33 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:la:
Love your profile picture!!:squee:
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:iconvaraann:
VaraAnn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
:blush: thanks
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DiamondDragon33 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome!!:D
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dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a really cool piece of art that you have done there o0 I really like the pose that you have draw for your dragon so as the nice colors work and details work.

~ awesome work and surly keep it up :)
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Knight-Of-God Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what's cooler............your drawing........or the fact you got your Icon from good ol' Vosveris! :D Probably the first, the your Icon's still cool.
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VaraAnn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
:D thanks
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Knight-Of-God Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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woodwwad Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
This is very cool.
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Kazurramah Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Congratulations!! :happybounce: This submitted art piece has qualified for the Excellent Art folder in #Dragon-Fanatics and will be posted for the entire group to see in our Weekly Spotlight blog! :)

Have a Great week! :peace:

Sincerely,
Amanda Rose Wanner :rose:
*Mukki-Tadi Founder
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:iconvaraann:
VaraAnn Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
My excitement -->[link] Thanks :heart::love:
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Kazurramah Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
lol :meow: You're welcome
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ObsidianSeaHorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks like a combo of an oar fish, goblin shark and an angler fish, very cool design.
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VaraAnn Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
His inspiration actually was based on an oarfish - coloring and inspiration for entire theme, a goblin shark and a six gill shark - in general face and body design, and angler fish - awesome teeth. Thanks :3
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ObsidianSeaHorse Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! Keep making this kind of art. It is VERY cool artwork and physically plausible too!
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Blunamar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I love how carefully you made the character's adaptations!
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awaicu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! Caught my eye right away, great work :la: I also love all of the thought that went in behind the character design!
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:iconvaraann:
VaraAnn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :love:
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:iconawaicu:
awaicu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome o3o
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LynnTV Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like this a lot. I like the vast amount of research that you put into this. Good luck!
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ArchiosLukos Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for not getting to this sooner. The dragon is fine in most respects but you have a bit of work on the background. I am going to give you a short list of what could be improved for future reference. I am going to start with the dragon itself.

1. Your affirmatives: You certainly have your bioluminescence (or I think his wings are bioluminescent) and he looks well armored for fighting.
2. One thing I get with many of the other entries is that pressure would probably crush your creature.
3. Another common problem is that your sea is too bright. It should be pitch black or almost pitch black.

You have no more or less problems than most of the other entries. The piece itself is very well done and good for casual viewing. However, it does have a few flaws for this contest.
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LynnTV Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Why are you critiquing everyone that entered the contest?
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:iconarchioslukos:
ArchiosLukos Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can stop if everyone is opposed to it. I was just trying to point out flaws that I saw right off the bat. Like I said, tell me if I'm wrong...
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LynnTV Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
No, no... :[

Criticism is always good. Sometimes, people can take criticism to heart though, because they put a lot of effort into a particular art work. It was just something I noticed with this contest. I don't know if that's how you always comment, but I just had to ask why you were commenting that way? I hope that didn't upset you! :cry:

I think some of the things you said though may have hurt Vara's feelings like, "causal viewing." I think she put a lot of effort into her image and to have that label placed wasn't fair to her.
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VaraAnn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student General Artist
If you didn't read my description, that would explain a lot of decisions I made with Oorieu.

I believe I did enough research for this dragon. I looked up and studied the anatomy and biology of a seal, an animal that can dive to the deep, example, 5000 feet for the elephant seal. That is in the Abyssopelagic Zone. My dragon however, is designed to live in between the Mesopelagic Zone and Bathypelagic Zone, areas of the deep that are fairly survivable for creatures of similar body mass. For more info about how seals survive the deep, here ya go [link]

From [link]
"Mesopelagic Zone - Below the epipelagic zone is the mesopelagic zone, extending from 200 meters (656 feet) to 1000 meters (3281 feet). The mesopelagic zone is sometimes referred to as the twilight zone or the midwater zone. The light that penetrates to this depth is extremely faint. It is in this zone that we begin to see the twinkling lights of bioluminescent creatures. A great diversity of strange and bizarre fishes can be found here.

Bathypelagic Zone - The next layer is called the bathypelagic zone. It is sometimes referred to as the midnight zone or the dark zone. This zone extends from 1000 meters (3281 feet) down to 4000 meters (13,124 feet). Here the only visible light is that produced by the creatures themselves. The water pressure at this depth is immense, reaching 5,850 pounds per square inch. In spite of the pressure, a surprisingly large number of creatures can be found here. Sperm whales can dive down to this level in search of food. Most of the animals that live at these depths are black or red in color due to the lack of light."

I based Oorieu on this information and designed him to have similar attributes as the sperm whale, sharks, two creatures that can have substantial mass to them. Another thing I decided for Oorieu is that he can walk, sleep, hunt, whatnot on land, so in this image, he is close to the surface and the rays of light are shining through his wings, creating a red glow. And his wings are not bioluminescent, it is just the lure on his neck. I chose not to design a deep sea dragon similar to viperfish, fangtooth, and anglerfish because they live WAY too deep and they are very small.

I did not ask to have this critiqued.
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ArchiosLukos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry if it felt like I was dumping on you. I am only stating my glance-at opinion. However, you did not ask to be critiqued and I did not ask to be lectured in return. I hope you will please forgive me if I seemed careless or thoughtless. I am sorry to have inconvenienced you. Good Luck in the contest.

Sincerely,
Lukos
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VaraAnn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student General Artist
These are only facts that I stated in my description and would have made your initial first viewing of this image more clear. Its better to be in the know then to not understand.

Good luck in the contest.
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Sushi-666 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Wow i think you need to be a bit more friendly when people try to give you helpful tips
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qmaster97 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i see someone had a glass of WIN today
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SpunkyFreakster Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!!!!
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AlexandraRokk Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty sick yo!
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cudo215 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the thought put into this. Great job!

Just wanted to point out that the links didn't work on this one, but they do for the other part of the submission.
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