I was just browsing through the mass of dragon illustrations on deviantART, and I wondered where all the "good" illustrations are? It seems to me that--disregarding art style--the majority of fantasy dragons look ugly. They're all misshapen torsos with scrawny excuses for wings and tons worth of body armor weighing them down. They have no definition, no consistency. I think it's because most fantasy artists don't have a good sense of anatomy, which translates to their dragons being less believable than they could be. This is regardless of the fact that dragons are fantasy creatures, because anatomy isn't restrictive, it's the difference between what works and what doesn't.
I've only found a handful of artists who seem to get it right, which means they know their stuff at least enough to draw something believable. They seem to know what anatomical structures work for powered flight, how large the wings need to be in relevance to the body, and where they need to be oriented on the body to adequately support the creature's center of gravity. They even go as far as to provide logical explanations for how an animal could breathe fire and get aloft when they reach such enormous sizes as fantasy dragons are often endowed with.
Does anybody else have this issue with dragons in fantasy art, or is it just me? I tend to be a biology nazi and have a very difficult time suspending my disbelief for things like this.