How to Draw an Awesome Dragon

Requested by someone… I love dragons so I love helping other people learn to draw them. Hopefully this will help.

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How to Draw an Awesome Dragon
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These are some ideas of what yours could end up like, they are all my own.

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Quick sketch drawn in class...

Quick sketch drawn in class...

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Drawn for a homework assignment.

Drawn for a homework assignment.

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Front of a school book.

Front of a school book.

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A faint, three-headed dragon, it is proving rather challenging…😖😆

A faint, three-headed dragon, it is proving rather challenging…😖😆

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So, dragons can be drawn in loads of styles. Spiky, smooth, lots of limbs, snake-like. Its up to you. You can also draw them in different poses. Lets get started!

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Get your pencil, rubber, sharpener and some paper/sketchbook.

Get your pencil, rubber, sharpener and some paper/sketchbook.

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Draw a line, this will be the spine, from neck to tail-tip. It can be in any position - sat up, flying etc. Mine is lying down.

Draw a line, this will be the spine, from neck to tail-tip. It can be in any position - sat up, flying etc. Mine is lying down.

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Draw two circles, a body and a basic head shape.

Draw two circles, a body and a basic head shape.

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Add the shoulder, foreleg, thigh and back foot.

Add the shoulder, foreleg, thigh and back foot.

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Add more definition to the head shape.

Add more definition to the head shape.

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Draw in the tail.

Draw in the tail.

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Add the outer edge of the wing.

Add the outer edge of the wing.

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Make the wing base thicker.

Make the wing base thicker.

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Add wing spines, close together because the wing is closed.

Add wing spines, close together because the wing is closed.

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I decided the second wing would be raised over the dragon, as an umbrella-type thing.

I decided the second wing would be raised over the dragon, as an umbrella-type thing.

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Add spines to the second wing.

Add spines to the second wing.

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Add wing skin, overlaps where it is scrunched up and any other details.

Add wing skin, overlaps where it is scrunched up and any other details.

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Add ears and more definition to the head.

Add ears and more definition to the head.

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Add nostril shapes.

Add nostril shapes.

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And nostrils.

And nostrils.

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Add a mouthline. Sorry for the sideways photo. 😁😳😖

Add a mouthline. Sorry for the sideways photo. 😁😳😖

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Add paw/claws.

Add paw/claws.

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Add the rest of forearm and little hooks on the arm.

Add the rest of forearm and little hooks on the arm.

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Add back foot.

Add back foot.

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Add thigh lines, they're difficult to see but they're at the edge of the wing.

Add thigh lines, they're difficult to see but they're at the edge of the wing.

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Refine the tail.

Refine the tail.

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Add little spikes on the middle of the back.

Add little spikes on the middle of the back.

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And on the neck, getting smaller towards the head.

And on the neck, getting smaller towards the head.

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Add horns.

Add horns.

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And more tiny ones behind main horn.

And more tiny ones behind main horn.

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Add spikes near the tip of the tail.

Add spikes near the tip of the tail.

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On both sides of the tail. Take a break here. You can do different things like rounder wings, smooth spines/scales, or bigger proportions! Have fun and admire your work so far! 👏👏👏

On both sides of the tail. Take a break here. You can do different things like rounder wings, smooth spines/scales, or bigger proportions! Have fun and admire your work so far! 👏👏👏

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Add eyes, brow scales and other details. The brows on mine are too big, also the eyes are closed if you cant see. My camera isn't very good. 😖

Add eyes, brow scales and other details. The brows on mine are too big, also the eyes are closed if you cant see. My camera isn't very good. 😖

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Add little teeth. Or big ones!😱

Add little teeth. Or big ones!😱

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Start to add shading, darker around joints and behind limbs.

Start to add shading, darker around joints and behind limbs.

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On the legs and creases.

On the legs and creases.

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In the wing folds and on the back.

In the wing folds and on the back.

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Round the head and tail. And your done! Colour it with pencils for best effect. Keep looking for a flying dragon or stop here. Thanks for looking, like and comment!

Round the head and tail. And your done! Colour it with pencils for best effect. Keep looking for a flying dragon or stop here. Thanks for looking, like and comment!

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Steps for a flying dragon: Add wing edges.

Steps for a flying dragon: Add wing edges.

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Add basic wing shape, lightly.

Add basic wing shape, lightly.

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Add basic head and shoulders shape.

Add basic head and shoulders shape.

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Start the back, back legs and tail base.

Start the back, back legs and tail base.

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Add wing spines more spread out.

Add wing spines more spread out.

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Add shoulders.

Add shoulders.

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Add horns, gill-type things, for gathering air while flying fast or at high altitudes.

Add horns, gill-type things, for gathering air while flying fast or at high altitudes.

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Add back thigh and ankle.

Add back thigh and ankle.

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Basic shape.

Basic shape.

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This is a better view of the whole back legs.

This is a better view of the whole back legs.

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Start shading wings and legs.

Start shading wings and legs.

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More shading and stomach scales. And done! Have fun creating your own art!

More shading and stomach scales. And done! Have fun creating your own art!

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Both photos outlined, how cute! Have fun!😄

Both photos outlined, how cute! Have fun!😄

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This is my inspiration, yep my cat, dragons have very cat-like characters and movements, try to use cat-like shapes and postures. Hope this helped. It reminds me of Toothless when Hiccup trains him.😄

This is my inspiration, yep my cat, dragons have very cat-like characters and movements, try to use cat-like shapes and postures. Hope this helped. It reminds me of Toothless when Hiccup trains him.😄

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