Several people have asked me about how my dragons are constructed and before I head off to the printmaking studio to prep my litho stone I thought I might upload this. A dragon skull and fully skeleton ( - some of the tail). My dragons (and I'm sure most others) are for the most part a mix of different real animals. The skull is for the most part a twiqued raptoresque head with some minor changes; the neck and wings, a bird's; the body, a lion's, slightly changed;and the paws a mix between human hands and cat and/or dog paws.
Some of the biggest changes are in the hind legs, which are raised, and the dew claw on the hind feet in the manner of dinasaurs rather than mammals, which only have dew claws on their front legs, but in the case of my dragons are more like thumbs.
The skeleton's not perfect, but it's fairly accurate considering it's a mythical creature. In all reality the wings wouldn't be enough to support it (not to mention the fact that it would have to have evolved from a four armed creature) But dragons are supposed to be magical, and if an oriental dragon can fly without any wings at all, these can fly with ones that wouldn't ordinarily work