How to Draw a Dragon Life Cycle, Aging Dragon, Dragon Aging Process

Artist: Dawn / July 3, 2012
How to Draw a Dragon Life Cycle, Aging Dragon, Dragon Aging Process

Step 1.


This is a sketch of how the dragon transforms from a baby to toddler. As you can see once the dragon gets to a toddler age, the detailing and definition becomes more prominent. Notice how the horse and the facial features are softer at the hatching s   

Step 2.


Here is a sketch of how the dragon goes from a juvenile to adult hood. When it has grown to full size, that is when the aging process begins as far as the wrinkles, loose skin, and tattered teeth, horns, and frills. The claws, teeth and horns become    

Step 3.


Here is a drawing of how the dragons look in a row as a life cycle state. As you can see detailing, definition and shading becomes more intense. Now let's move to the drawing steps to begin sketching out our dragon.

Step 4.


Since I know there is a lot of dragon fans out there I wanted to make an easy one sheet lesson on drawing the baby dragon. Start with a circle for the head guide, then make the body's line of motion. You will use that circle to begin sketching out th   

Step 5.


Now let's get down to drawing out the full sized dragon. Begin with a small shape for the head, then another oblong shape for the body. You will add the lining for the neck and wing like so.

Step 6.


Here you will begin drawing out the muzzle of the dragon as well as the top of the head, horns, and short spikes on the forehead. The bottom jaw and chin have a nice sharp form as you can see here.

Step 7.


Before you detail the face and head, you need to draw out the first front leg as well as the clawed foot. Sketch out the muscular wing arm and be sure to draw in all the detailing and muscle definition too. Lastly for this step sketch out the other h   

Step 8.


Believe it or not, but you are almost done with this tutorial. All you need to do now is draw out the other front leg, followed by the back thigh, leg and foot. Draw in the clawed nails, then take your time as you sketch out the skin definition. Th3e   

Step 9.


Now you can draw the long flowing tail which cups his body like a dog's tail would when they are in a sit or lay pose. Draw the spikes that flow down the tail, then add the neck scales too.

Step 10.


For the last step, you will need to first draw out the sharp cone shaped frills on the back of the neck. Once that is done take your time sketching out the skin based wings which should look large enough to hold such a gigantic sized dragon in the ai   

Step 11.


The sketched image should come out looking like the one you see here. Color in the dragon, and you're all done.

Comments (2)
The_Mandalorian · 1 month ago
ya i would like steps for the 2 middles also
Tigereyes · 4 years ago
This is a great idea for a tutorial! I like it a lot, but I think it would be helpful to have individual steps showing how to draw the two middle aged dragons. Thanks! ;)
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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: July 3, 2012
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Description: Here is a very unique lesson that I had a lot of fun creating because it is based on the dragon. Dragons have a lot of versatility to them whenever you come up with a new concept. There is a ton of ways you can draw dragons and one of those ways is how you see it here now. I have to believe that what I have created for you today is what a lot of you dragon drawers love creating.