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Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem by Ravenari Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem by Ravenari
Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem (Phycodurus eques)

Information on Leafy Sea Dragon as totem can be found here:

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The leafy sea dragon is a fish closely related to the seahorse, and they're actually quite large (growing to 45 centimetres or about 18-19 inches). They are found in the coastal waters along Australia.

The leaf-like fins and protrusions they have are used solely for camouflage. Sea dragons live in the shallows among the seaweed, moving with the currents, and tend to shift and sway much like a praying mantis does when it is perched on a leaf.

Leafy sea dragons are under threat as they are often collected by people who wish to keep them as pets and perhaps - more dangerously - are commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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18.5 x 20.5cm (or 7.4 x 8 in)
illo's board, fineliner, aquarelle, pencil, metallic and iridescent paint
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:iconravenroseserpent:
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
love Sea Dragons and Sea Horse so graceful, beautiful and smart. I love the colors. I love the Ocean and the sea animals
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This gorgeous piece was featured here : [link]
♥♥♥
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you so much! :)
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2003line Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
amazing !
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
G'day,

your artwork has been suggested for a feature:

:rose: [link]

Keep up the great work! :D
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Lucissa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I loooove the colours in this. Fabulous.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconlucissa:
Lucissa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. I really enjoy your work :)
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van-goghbutterflies Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I've never heard of the leafy sea dragon before...they're fascinating little creatures! And, as always, your painting is beautiful! :)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! We have them here in Western Australia, but I've only seen them at the state aquarium, they are amazing.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
I live where these come from. ;)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too. ;)
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:iconpristichampsus:
Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
oh wow :D
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:iconvalvador:
Valvador Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply great :)

Valv.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay!
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Snowstar346 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Sweet! :boogie: This dude is AWESOME! Camouflage is key! :giggle:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee, thanks!
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Snowstar346 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
:giggle: Welcies!
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BlueNephelim Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! What a lovely picture - I love these little guys, and I think they are very under appreciated. It's nice to see someone getting them some much-needed exposure. ^_^
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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BlueNephelim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome.
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astercrow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009   General Artist
my daughter and i just saw a gorgeous collection of these at the new england aquarium in boston a few weeks ago. they really are much larger than they appear in photos or on tv!

i love the purple with the yellows and greens in this :)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you. :)
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horsey-treehugger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
nice love the sea dragon colors fit perfectly together

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To ride a horse is to ride the sky

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these fish, I always like to see them in aquariums. :D
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They are beautiful. :)
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dimensionten Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
I love these guys. xD
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They are some of my favorite animals, and this one is beautiful!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thank you, one of my favourite animals too. :)
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MandarinMoon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooh, I love this one!
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:iconphoebe-johnson:
phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Woo a favourite of yours, I love leafy sea dragons!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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kittyninjafish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Wooh, nice! I like the thick and thin lines, and the curly pattern^^ And the colours.. : 3
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :D
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:iconmyntkat:
MyntKat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my god, I LOVE this animal! It's been one of my favorite creatures for year. It's amazing to see it in your style! :clap:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! Thank you! :D
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Goldenthrush Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
It's lovely, very vivid and thoughtful.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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