Dragonlance Draconian from Shadow of the Dragon Queen!


I crit!
I dint think this image has been posted anywhere else or any other art if draconians from the new book.

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I think it's an entirely suitable body shape for a human too. 🤷‍♂️
I'm trying very hard to get rid of mine. ;)

Seriously, there's the literal sense, in which case we have no idea what the biology of draconians is or if anyone's thought it out (maybe it contains its magic-generating organ), and the artistic sense, in which case it's probably drawing on existing tropes about the way a civilization of mammals, specifically great apes, view each other's bodies, and implying it doesn't get a lot of exercise. (There may also be a bit of the old 'ugly=evil' trope that goes back to fairytales, remaining unexamined because the thing depicted is nonhuman.)

Lizards, for instance, deposit fat in their tails, backs, and sides. This draconian has the standard fat deposition pattern for human males.


Given that there are pictures of both versions in successive posts, It actually looks almost exactly the same as the Fizban's version, right down to having almost the same armor and having one hand wreathed in magenta magical energy. It's obvious that the artist used the Fizban's illustration as the base for their own.
The draconians are of similar features but the art itself is entirely different.


A suffusion of yellow
I think the fashion and fitness industries make you think "paunch" instead of, "That's not a human, so it may be an entirely suitable body shape for that creature."

Yeah this, I looked at the image and thought now thats a Dragonborn! Then -, oh why the red shirt? Then - I love how the belly looks reptilian.

Then I after Alzrius question I thought maybe its pregnant?


Well at least they do not seem to use dragonborn as draconians which is a huge plus in my eyes.
What's the difference? I don't mean to sound flippant, it's a serious question because I can't tell the difference between dragonborn illustrations and the top image in the OP.

Maybe that's why I've never been a huge fan of dragonborn, because I grew up in D&D with draconians being the bad guys.

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