Drawing Dragon Anatomy

Artist: Dawn / August 21, 2014
Drawing Dragon Anatomy

Step 1.


Let's begin the breakdown of a dragon's anatomy, from bone to flesh. Here, I'd like to stress a bit more since lots of artists tend to go way too extravagant with their interpretations of dragons. There are specific key points about a dragon's anatom   

Step 2.


Now, let's dissect a dragon even deeper, understanding my concept of how the organs reside within the dragon's body. Remember when I said the ribcage is the largest part of the dragon's body? Well, here you can see partly why. The lungs are enormous    

Step 3.


Here's a fun and interesting step detailing the muscular system of a dragon. Notice how the torso is again, the largest part of the body, to enable the support of that large wing muscle, the ability for maximum fire output, and to be efficient as a d   

Step 4.


Here's another interesting step I'd like to inform everyone about, since so many artists have issues with this. The arms should be a very important feature of the dragon's body to master. Observe how the un-flexed/relaxed arm is. Notice how there are   

Step 5.


Now, look at the differences with a flexed arm, and how the muscles protrude and become pronounced. this is important, because dragons, like most four legged predators, have very muscular extremities in which require much strength to use (arms, legs,   

Step 6.


Here is another super flexed arm that demonstrates how muscular a dragon's arm can be. If you draw a dragon that is slender, and it's habitat is living in marshy ponds and rivers, the dragon will probably have thin/lanky limbs since there is no need    

Step 7.


Now, recalling back to when I said that the torso is the largest part of a dragon's body, here is why. Look at what's going on here with the wing and arm, how they are compressed within that small torso space. The arm wing itself is large enough to s   

Step 8.


Wing Anatomy - For the first rule of advice, it's best to understand the anatomy of a wing. Here you have the basic underbelly or 'front' of the wing, and the back of the wing. Notice the many differences between the two. The 'Front' wing, has more d   

Step 9.


Wing Breakdown - The best way to break down a wing for accuracy, is to dismantle the wing in basic familiar shapes. Imagine the wing as an anatomical whole; it's formed by muscles, bone, and connecting membranes. Here, you can see I've broken down th   

Step 10.


Flight Cycle - The most important part about drawing dragon wings, is understanding the wings in various positions during its flight cycle. Here I've drawn very basic stages of what the wings would look like from the side during this flight process.    

Comments (3)
Snowbunnyx98 · 4 years ago
Nice I enjoy what dragon are about couple of years. pretty cool.. ^^ :omgomg: :yay: Beside I'm new here but i seen this website before.. This is i like to draw things to..
Flow_boy10 · 4 years ago
:omgomg: :omgomg: :omgomg: so cool
Raindrop · 4 years ago
That is so cool! :omgomg: :jawdrop:
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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: August 21, 2014
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Description: If you guys go to the fifth page in the dragon section of Dragoart and look at that extremely old tutorial on dragon anatomy, you would know why I had to make this tutorial today on the same subject just in a more detailed, defined, and finessed way. This is my take on drawing dragon anatomy and the dragon structure. I say dragon body structure because there is time laps drawings of how a dragon's wing moves/flies, the structure of their arms and talons, and other very informative information on the most popular creature from fantasy. Dragons were, and forever will be a big part of my life. No matter how old I get I will be one of those people that has something in their house dragon related. Have fun guys and I hope this information is helpful in any way.