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Contest Entry - Carpet Python Naga by oddsocket Contest Entry - Carpet Python Naga by oddsocket
Because I don't know the meaning of leaving adequate time before a deadline, I've been working on this picture for four hours straight today and probably three hours straight yesterday. Oops?

This is my entry for Christopher-Hart's fantasy creature competition! She's based roughly on a carpet python (her markings were crazy hard and baffling to draw, I don't have much practice with asymmetrical random patterns) and she's like...a huntress-mage. The staff is good for magic and for stabbing, because she is nothing if not practical and figures why have two weapons for magic and physical battle when you can have one?

Do you know what's fun to shade? Weird chitinous bug material is fun to shade. It's great.

All comments and critiques welcome, as usual! 
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:iconandyofindiana:
AndyofIndiana Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist
I believe that is a Lamia
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lot of people use 'naga' and 'lamia' interchangably, but naga is the more common term for a snake-person and it's the term I prefer to use.

(If we're going to get technical about it, neither would be a suitable term because she's not a deity nor is she the correct ethnicity to be an actual naga, and Lamia was originally a specific individual in Greek mythology rather than a species.)

There is no correct term for a snake-girl (apart from perhaps snake-girl). Basically, people can pick the ones they like. I like 'naga'.
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tazius Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is one of my favourite things you've done.
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Where's her snake half's underbelly?
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, consider it a little artistic license. I know on a realistic level she ought to have one but I was sort of rushing this out for a overly nearby deadline and skimped out on a few things I would have otherwise drawn. :L
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I see X3
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Not that there's really any requirement to draw an underbelly on a naga that's identical to a real snake's, anyway. I mean, if one was to be 'realistic' about it they'd probably only have belly on the end half of their tail. Seeing as the upper half spends most of its time off of the ground (at least in the way people typically depict nagas) and all it'd render having belly scales on the upper half pretty redundant.
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
True but then again a cobra can kinda stand up
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but that's not how they typically move themselves along. They don't just crawl along on their butt ends with their heads in the air. 
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
True
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:iconckentavr:
CKentavr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Pretty.
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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CattickElf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, it's nice to see a female naga without giant balloon breasts and vaginal scales that make no sense.

She's really pretty and I'm not too sure what actually makes me like her. You know? Since I don't often find a female naga design I like.
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like her, whatever the reason might be. :) And yeah, honestly, the female naga art pool is so oversaturated with oversexualised lemon-balloon-tit-weilding....blearghness. I like to try and even the balance a little, haha. 
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
You don't mean an underbelly by vaginal scales do you?
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:iconcattickelf:
CattickElf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I don't. Not at all.
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:iconjoshpoint0:
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Oh okay XD
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Seconded.  This is an attractive lamia even if she doesn't have huge curves.  :nod:
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:iconcattickelf:
CattickElf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aren't you the guy that only commented on a drawing I did of naga because I drew him with external human genitalia?
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:iconevaunit4a:
EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
*double-checks*

Yep, that was me.  =D
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Nice work.
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:icondeaththekidfan229:
deaththekidfan229 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dis.is.AWESOME. you did so good Guv!
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! c:
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:icondeaththekidfan229:
deaththekidfan229 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i wuv snake's so dis is even more cool and welcome O3O and 3 hour's and more on one thing....wow did you get sleep? xd
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