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Wazaga the Dragon by Wazaga Wazaga the Dragon by Wazaga
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this is my entry for the dragon-sona contest. basically it's a dragonized persona of yourself.

now, contrary to popular belief, my "Wazaga" persona was never really a dragon. it was literally just a blue lizard with ears. but since Wazaga and Cheeko are practically accidental twins on the internet, anyone who watches both of us or sees our persona's together automatically labeled "Wazaga" as a "dragon."

which I always thought was amusing.

anyway, if I WAS going to be a dragon, this is probably what I would look like.

why? well, Saudi Arabia is technically part of the Asian Continent. and we also have allot of dealings with the far east, which means I deal with many cultures almost on a daily basis (mostly to do with Indonesia, Philippine, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) that being said, any actual dragon designs we Arabs have would be more Eastern based. I've seen a few old urns and tapestries that prove it.

so Eastern-ish dragon it would be.

on the other hand, I would still pertain to my actual culture. which is why I decided to dress in something of an Abaya (woman's covering robes)

I'm proud of my culture. there are allot of people with misgivings, misinformation or simply lack the understanding that I am not bound by our strange dress code. I would go so far as to say that I'm perhaps more liberated by it than most women in world.

however, that doesn't mean we don't have some faults on that account. I've always thought of myself as a rebel and someone too-smart-for-her-own-good. the amount of backwards thinking I have to live against is downright disheartening. and the worst of it is needing to wear a mask to be "part of the crowd" lest you be "shunned for thinking differently". and that's why I would consider myself a sort of pirate. I may live in a dictated community, but that brittle shell is slowly being chipped away by today's youths. we're trying hard to develop ourselves and be more open to strange ideas. one of which is freedom of expression. the soul media being art. my direct city or region may not support it currently. but it's being fought for. and I'm one of those people. I fight for the right to create what I want, how I want it, and am not afraid to speak my mind on any subject while I'm at it. be it art, politics or un-wanted subjects like drug abuse and abortions.

so there I am. Wazaga the Dragon as I see myself.
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InsaneXade Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
really nice and adorable, really suits you. You know, a lizard is not that far away from dragons, unless you are speaking of Xadian dragons, who are warm blooded and only resemble lizards  at first glance then you see how different they really are
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drakewoof Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
You go girl! <3 You are really brave to stand up for yourself.

And... heehee... Scream-Fu :)
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LPHogan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
A magnificent creature this Dragon! Must be treasured!
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lennan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Dragon you is very lovely =) You know, your robes could double as a mage's robes, seeing as you are the magical master of art. ;)

I especially like how you added elements of your own culture to the dragon persona. =)
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Wazaga Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, it also serves as a double meaning. that under something plain and/or covered there's always something beautiful worth seeing.

and funny you should mention the mage thing. there's a short RPG based animating project that Wilizen is working on that he asked me to voice for. he also wanted to include my persona and liked this particular design :)
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huzzah, you were able to enter this time! =D Awesome job, Waz! I like your explanations for all of your features and how they relate to you. And I love how you drew your feet.
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ForeverSpeel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's amazing. Your testimony was the really inspiring part. Haha, in many ways, I believe people without the freedom to express (whether it be from inconsiderate parents or suppressive culture) are stronger than those of us who take it for granted. Just saying. ;)

And just being naturally talented as you are helps too.
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Wow you go Wazaga! Love your entry, and really appreciate hearing your take on things in the artist's comments.
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MegSyv Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dude. Waz.
I'm trying not to favorite entries but I'll be danged if I don't favorite this one. I love the colors of your robe, and how you actually added a background, and your whole explanation. Everything about it is just lovely. And the added fur and horns...! I'm such a fan!

I want so badly to draw you now. XD
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Wazaga Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
doooo eeeeeeeet!
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