How to Draw a Dragon

Artist: TheLastStarlighter / July 15, 2013
How to Draw a Dragon

Step 1.


Start off with a normal or mechanical pencil to draw a basic circle for the head, copy where i put the intersecting lines, the top horizontal one is to line up where the eye and the horn will be. the bottom horizontal one and the vertical one are to    

Step 2.


Using the guideline for the top jaw, draw a rectangular shape extending off the main circle. draw a small circle just above the eye guideline and put two triangular shapes beside it, like so. above the eye, make a sort of half rectangle shape above t   

Step 3.


Add in the other brow on the opposite side of the head. Using the bottom jaw guideline, draw in the curving bottom jaw, make sure you draw the other side of the bottom jaw since it's mouth is open and from this angle we can see the inside of its mout   

Step 4.


Now add in the horns ans spikes. Use the horn guideline to line up the biggest horns.

Step 5.


Now "carve" out the spikes along the bottom jaw from the line you drew earlier, make them irregularly placed and sized. Add in the teeth, also irregularly spaced and sized, but make the biggest teeth closer to the front, since that is where they woul   

Step 6.


Now add in the tongue, you can decide whether you want it forked or not. Also add in the back of the neck and the spikes along it.

Step 7.


Now you can add in the rest of the neck, you don't have to add the detail to the under belly scales, since we end up erasing them anyways.

Step 8.


Now, using transfer paper, a light table, or a window, trace your sketch onto a fresh piece of paper without all the guidelines. P.S it also works to just erase the guidelines, but that can make your drawing look messier or leave indents in the paper   

Step 9.


Using a Black Prismacolor Colored Pencil, (not essential, you can just use your pencil if you dont have one)Fill in the darkest areas such as the nostril, corners of the eye, and the inside of the mouth.

Step 10.


Now switch back to a normal pencil and start with a light layer of shading. keep it as smooth as possible and DO NOT put much pressure on the pencil AT ALL! keep in mind that in this picture, the light is coming from above, so that's where the highli   

Step 11.


Once again using to black colored pencil, shade all of the spikes using a broad dark line int the middle of each spike to give a highlight on top, and reflected light from the dragon's scales on the bottom. you can also darken the two horns, and the    

Step 12.


Now to begin adding scales. Using the black colored pencil, start making circular strokes all over the head. Push harder in the darker areas, but put a small amount of pressure for the lightest parts to suggest scales are everywhere without having to   

Step 13.


Doing the same thing as the last step, only with larger strokes, add the rest of the scales to the neck. Harder pressure in the dark areas, light pressure in light areas.

Step 14.


And now for finishing touches! For the underbelly, make irregular horizontal lines that curve with the shape of the neck from the chin to the base of the neck. Make the creases darker near the edges and the highlights in the middle. You can also dark   

Comments (3)
m04p06 · 4 years ago
:jawdrop: :drool: :omgomg: :hai: :watermelon: :boogie: :3
PokeAisy · 5 years ago
i memorized this tut...
DragonHearth · 5 years ago
awesome!!! I drew it and I came out awesome!!! :omgomg: :omgomg: :omgomg: :omgomg:
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Artist: TheLastStarlighter
Date Added: July 15, 2013
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Description: This is a tutorial for anyone who wants to learn how to draw a pretty simple dragon, or anyone who wants to learn some different textures or shading... This tutorial shouldn't take too long, but try not to rush through it if you want a good result :) I apologize for the bad camera quality :(