Spineback Dragon Mount (with design process)

Developed for my university final year IP, STORM DRIFTER! The university may be quarantined, but the work continues haha! I have rarely dabbled in creature design, so I had fun with this. A big part of my idea for STORM DRIFTER was that it's a Wild Western, but dragons replace horses. I looked at saddles in films such as The Pale Rider, and replicated the kind of traveler's gear found attached. I ended up having to move the wings more towards the centre of the body, as I realised the body needs to remain relatively level, to keep the rider and gear on-board- if I put them towards the shoulders, it would hang down during take-off.