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MLP:FIM Baby Asian Dragon by SaturnGrl MLP:FIM Baby Asian Dragon by SaturnGrl
Brony influence is a hard thing to avoid...especially when the person you're dating is one of them. ^^;
Although, I personally have had a love for dragons ever since I was a little girl, and I've been wondering if the MLP show would venture out into newer regions to discover other pony/horse kinds, and even dragons. Being a person of oriental descent, I have been curious about how they would portray an Asian culture and its inhabitants. That's one of the reasons I made this little darling.

Her name is 莲 Lián (Pronounced Lee-Ann) which is an abbreviated version of 莲花 Liánhuā meaning "Lotus". She is a baby Asian Dragon that I have been working off and on while also practicing with the Photoshop pen tool. Her body design is slimmer and more serpent-like than Spike, basically meaning that I didn't give her the plump rump that he has. Her foreground arm is obstructing the view of her back so you can't really see what I mean...just visualize a smooth, sleek spine behind it, and you'll get the gist of what I mean.

I made her gold and red in her basic color scheme because the most regal of Asian dragons are gold in color. Her "ears" and tail tip are pink and designed to resemble the Lotus which is her namesake. Although there has been mention by my BF that her ear looks more like a cherry blossom petal...but then again that's another Asian reference. ^^;
Her goo-goo eyes were fun to make. It just enhances the cuteness. :heart:

If I had to choose, I'd make little Lián younger than Spike, maybe by about a year, and she would be slightly smaller than him. I do have plans to make a "Mentor/Master" for her, just like how Spike has Twilight as his "Mentor/Master".
She is learning magic and meditation, and she can float by using the power of her spirit. This is my own explanation on how Asian Dragons fly. Since they do not have wings, the ability to fly has always been a mystical matter in Asian lore. To me, they fly with the power of their spirits.
Lián can't "fly" yet since she is a baby dragon, so she can only float short distances. As her spirit gets stronger with meditation, she will be able to fly when she's older. ^_^

Hope folks like her concept and design. I'll doodle up her "Mentor/Master" when I get the chance. Enjoy!
More Lian:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic style © Hasbro and Lauren Faust
Lián © Me
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poninator Featured By Owner 16 hours ago  New member
wow! this is by far the best baby dragon design ive seen!
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Adoptables-Hoe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
She's so pretty! ; A ;
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Clockwork-Ferret Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i need to make fan art, NOW. My New OC, Yuzu The Tard Alien 
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, go for it. Just make sure to include the appropriate credits. ^_^
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Clockwork-Ferret Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Clockwork-Ferret Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she is so cute~! Bunny Emoji-42 (Awww) [V2] 
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :3
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Clockwork-Ferret Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Aw aadorebale she be good friends with spikes
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Spike needs more dragon friends. :)
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Hellsender Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
What would be the Qilins' attitude towards dragons? I'm willing to bet that contrary to their pony "cousins", they would practically worship them, much like how ancient Chinese did.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not so much worship, but they do treat them with a high level of respect.
All my Qilin and the dragons represent 1 of the 4 elements. Dragons represent the Water element, thus they live together with the Qilin harmoniously, instead of in fear of each other.
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Hellsender Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Hmm! Did you develop a sort of creation story for Neigh-Beyul and the Qilin race?
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm working on a little bit of their Lore, but nothing too solid as of yet.
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Hellsender Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Maybe something involving Lauren Faust's alicorn character? 
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why would I do that? These are my creations.
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Hellsender Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to mess with your creations or whatever, I was just asking a simple question about the origins, please don't take it the wrong way.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if I want to go all the way back to creation. This is fantasy. A Cartoon. I don't think I would associate how the other ponies came to be and how my Qilin evolved. Not really looking to mix science and creationism.
If anything, I would write how their kingdom came to be. Kinda like how the episode of the Heart's Warming Eve did. There are many other Qilin/Kirin designs out there. I don't want to be the one who proclaims, "This Is How It Happened!"
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Hellsender Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Just wondering, no offense intended.
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's a very well designed baby dragon! Probably one of the best I've seen. Her color scheme flows so well together, and I love the meaning of her name and the little flower on her tail! :D
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I hope you like the other images I have of her. ^_^
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! I can imagine her speaking with a very sweet, soft Asian accent. ^_^
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matsuwolfess Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow she's so unique and adorable!! most dragon oc's i see are very boring recolours of spike but your's is so wonderful!!
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I wanted to make sure she was unique and original. ^_^
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FleetLordReach Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Aww very cute well done! 
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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FleetLordReach Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Very sweet, Spike really needs to meet more of his kind, you know ones who arnt jerks. I kinda hate that they made Dragons all seem like jerks save for Spike, we need more against type! This one would be perfect! 
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Spike is a Baby, and he was hanging out with Teenage dragons. I can see how the jerky personality would be predominant in teenage bullies.
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awesomestarz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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SacredCandybar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
She is ridiculously adorable! She has a great design, her colors harmonize very well, and the details like her ears and the lotus blossom embellishment on her tail are beautiful. As :icont-babe: said, a full grown version would be very interesting to see!
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TheKavinsky Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
One thing I've noticed in general with the MLP Art Style is how eyes are done.

They're definetely one of the most defining things about their characters.
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
O.o That's a very interesting design, rather cute though :D
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Interesting design! :D
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paulinaghost Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Love her design. I'm not sure how far you are in the series but within season 2 they do delve into dragons a bit more. I'm hoping they show some more friendly dragons though and a maybe what a female one looks like eventually in season 4 when it gets here or some point in time.
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Arkus0 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks great, nice work ^^. Hehe when you described how she "Floats" I remembered scenes where spike would float himself due to being in love with Rarity. I know its a common cartoon gag but you never know XD
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FireballStardraco Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I'm not a fan of the show but I'd say it's about time seeing a fan character based on... Spike? Either way good job on this one :).
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T-babe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
She's pretty cute. I think I'd like to see the full grown version.
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