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First Rendition: MLP:FIM Baby Asian Dragon by SaturnGrl

Couldn't help but make a couple more renders of Lián, my baby Asian dragon. In my previous submission, I mentioned that she can float with the power of her spirit with meditation. The render on the left is her doing just that, with a soft green glow representing her spiritual magic holding her aloft. Remember, as a baby, she can only float for a short time and distance.
The second image, I couldn't resist, is of Lián eating some jade beads and strands of gold. Since dragons seem to feed on gems in the MLP FIM world, I also remembered how dragons in old stories and myth also coveted gold. Gold strands fit perfectly for Chinese noodles, so I figured, why not let a MLP FIM dragon eat gold as well as gems?
Yes, she is eating with chopsticks too. That was a must to keep up with the Asian theme. I also made a very generic Chinese take-out box for her food. I thought of making it look like a bento box, but that would have been much more complicated. I think it turned out well.

Well, hope everyone enjoys this little cutie.
I just want to pinch her cheeks! I think my Brony BF has fallen in love with her too. ^_^

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic style © Hasbro and Lauren Faust
Lián © Me
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MinkWinsor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh MY GOODNESS!! So cute.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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OfficialIFC Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
I'm going to use thish. ^.^
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pardon?
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DNFTT2014 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
She is to die for as a beautiful Dragon!
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D
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DNFTT2014 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*Respect*
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Warlordsbane Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013

Great job! 

A real shame Dragons dont have there own Kingdom..well mabey Spike will be the leader of a new world.
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Heilos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a damn cute character. I wish there were more mlp dragon oc's like this or just in general. She looks amazing! c:
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I wanted to make her very unique and I overloaded her with cuteness. ^_^
I hope you like the other images I have of her.
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Heilos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I certainly do like them! I hope you draw more of her in the future because she's a great looking character. :)
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I will. I really had fun drawing her with Spike, and I want to introduce more of her and her home land as well. ^_^
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Heilos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome! Can't wait to see c:
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
One of the best mlp dragon designs I have seen XD
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really wanted Lian to be something unique, and not something people would call a Spike Recolor.
I'm very proud of how well she turned out. :D
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You should be. She doesn't remind me of Spike at all XD
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Sarahostervig Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
She's so cuuute <3<3
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is more creative than most dragon OC's I've seen. Good job!

You made the right decision by not going for the bento box, she is a Chinese dragon after all.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I mainly generalize her as an "Asian" dragon because Asian dragons have the same origins and design, but have slight differences (Mainly the number of toes).
Bento boxes are actually used by Japanese, Chinese and Koreans as lunch containers. We're just more familiar with recognizing Japan for using them because of Anime. I just kept the food container simple with the Chinese food box.

Coming from an Asian background, I considered all these details and options while designing Lián. Again, thank you for your comment!
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, so you were gonna go for a Chinese lunch box. Sometimes I see artists draw Chinese characters with Japanese lunch boxes and that just makes me facepalm.
Anyway, I could tell from all the little details that you knew plenty about Asian culture. The food itself is REALLY clever and I wish I had thought of that. I mean, gold necklace "noodles" with jade beads as the "peas"? That's just brilliant!
My only comments are that her body could be a little more distinctly female (it's especially hard to tell on the left) and her antlers would probably look better if you moved them slightly more to the back of her head, just slightly.
You are the only artist other than myself that I've seen drawing Asian MLP dragons and I must say I like yours much better than my own.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, she is just a baby dragon. Babies usually don't show specific features that would identify them as male or female until they are older. So aside from her eyelashes and girly manurisms, she's a typical baby. ^_^
I am working on an adolescent design for her, so there will be more distinguishable feminine features.
I am glad you do like her. Your Asian dragons are very cute as well. I also liked the Year of the Dragon one you did of the older Asian dragon. You've mastered the MLP style for your dragons very well. :)
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know babies usually don't show specific features, but it is a cartoon. ;) It was just a very minor thing anyway, so you honestly don't need to do anything with it.
My own Asian dragon designs are very old. I've decided to focus on western dragons. Speaking of which, I'm behind on drawing some stuff.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, ok. Maybe I can doodle up something featuring Jade and Lián sometime?
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That'd be great! :D I'd love to see how you'd handle her.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, can you tell me how old is Jade in comparison to Spike, and does she breathe fire? If so, what color? If not, what does she breathe?
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY!!! I Luv Asian Dragons.Specially Chinese and Japanese
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Art-in-heart4va Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student
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ThatCleverF0x Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute!!! :aww:
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ILoveAnimeAndDisney Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO CUTE!!!!! I want! :squee::happybounce::squee:
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cailinowens Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
ccute
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T-babe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
She sure is cute. :)

The gold and jade are a nice touch.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Fantastic! :D
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Arkus0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks really cool, and great idea with the gold noodles. Though I have thought that Dragons eat gemstones but use the gold as something to sleep on, it being a soft metal.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, and I also remember in Flight of Dragons, they would eat diamonds and limestone to fuel their hydrogen for flight and fire...but that's getting into another story-verse. ^_^
Although, you don't see much of gold bedding in MLP FIM. Spike sleeps in a basket with pillows and blankets.
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Arkus0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, though that red dragon was sleeping on the stuff. Also Smaug from the Hobbit was bathing in it like Scrooge McDuck.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but Smaug is from a different story, and the Red Dragon was only a 1-time Dragon hit. The other dragons in MLP FIM had only gems with them.
I dunno, its all a bit inconsistent I guess.
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Arkus0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that I think about it, Dragons in MLP could be the ultimate extreme omnivores and can eat almost anything. Spike seems to be okay with Pony food, gems and even those Baked Bads.
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iamIra Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student General Artist
oooh how cute
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^_^
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