How to Draw a Gargoyle Dragon

Artist: Dawn / December 2, 2007

Step 1.

First begin with a circle. Add a long curvy line to represent the dragon's body movement.

Step 2.

(1&2) Next, add two large ovals. This resembles the dragon's torso and abdomen. (3) Also, add to your dragon a small boxy circle. This will be the dragon's snout.

Step 3.

(1) Then, insert a large tipped oval at the abdomen. (2) Next, add a small circle. Both of these shapes will be the leg and the arm.

Step 4.

If you look to where the dragon's head lays, you can see more additions. So, add a triangular tipped shape starting at the edge of the face building upward into the cheek. This is the dragon's ear. Insert a small nose hole at the top of the snout and   

Step 5.

Now we're starting to shape up the body and head more often. (1) As you can see, I added a large oval on top of the dragon's back. (2) There's a 90 degree angle starting from the distorted oval into a box topped oval(3). This is the wing (obviously).   

Step 6.

The most important aspect of a dragon is their realism. This small fold is the dragon's large fire sac (enables it to breath fire.) It also contains the dragon's strength to roar. When a dragon breathes an elemental breath, this sac expands with its    

Step 7.

Now, start building up the wing. Wings can come in all different poses. The most complex poses can be hard to draw but very interesting to look at. This wing will have an excellent pose. (1)Draw two bent fleshed out lines. (2)From where the second li   

Step 8.

A useful tip for the wing is its muscle. ^Above is an image that will explain why you need muscle for your dragon's wings.

Step 9.

Another useful tip when drawing wings is rips and tears. These rips and tears gives your dragon age and character. If a dragon is young and has rips in its wings, that means it has been through a fight.

Step 10.

Add some addition details like muscles in the legs and arms, rips in the wings, frills on the tail, hair on the dragon's neck, and skin over the talons. *Most gargoyles have hair covering their neck. I don't know why though. ^_^

Step 11.

*Barbed tail tip! Barbed tails is fun. When drawing a barbed tail make it look very sharp and cautious. You also have to make it similar to a nail. A barbed tail can be brightly colored. Why? Because it warns its enemies that it can be poisonous and   

Step 12.

Finish up your unwanted lines and you should come out with something like this. ^

Step 13.

Here's the colored version. Come join dragoart and submit your own tutorials that I can comment on! Uploading tutorials is so easy! I love this place! Next tutorial is how to draw a Unicorn.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: December 2, 2007
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Description: This dragon tutorial will guide you into drawing the Gargoyle dragon. It explains step by step on how to draw this mythical dragon. This dragon is made from stone. It comes to life at night and then transforms into stone at dawn.