How to Draw a Japanese Dragon

Artist: Dawn / January 22, 2008

Step 1.

Lets start off by drawing a total of ten circles that will assist you drawing this beast a whole lot easier. I know you really can't tell what they are all for but if you look at the position there all in you can kinda get an idea. The top three are    

Step 2.

As you can see this is where you will start shaping out the dragon by carefully sketching out the face first. Think of a dinosaur or a big bird that should help you draw the head. The head has a shape of a big pair of scissors. Use line art to shape   

Step 3.

Just follow the steps above and you will get the hang of it real soon. Just round off the chest by drawing a curved shape and then denting inward when you come down to the stomach of the dragon. Stop at the base of the knee and start sketching out th   

Step 4.

Now what you are going to do here is start sketching out the horn that goes right in the middle of the ears and eyes. It is not suppose to be a perfect horn shape so you should make it crooked just like you see it above. Next draw the eye, it is just   

Step 5.

Define the moon shaped frills on the head some more and work on putting the muscle detail in the arm for the other wing. Sketch out the details in the front paw but draw it out first. The tongue has to be sketched out as well if you look above you ca   

Step 6.

In this step you will detail the head by adding definition and enlarge the eye a little more. Extended the arm by drawing another half, its a basic board shape with added rounded spots. Sketch the paw that is shaped like its holding something. Detail   

Step 7.

In this step you are going to take a little time sketching the detailing on the frill by drawing lines, but when you are drawing the lines round them off it is suppose to resemble skin. Finish sketching out the wing of the dragon, remember he has the   

Step 8.

There is a lot of detailing in this step. What you should attack first is the horn, it is suppose to have a twisted look going on so if you just follow how the lines are drawn in the image you can pretty much accomplish the same effect. Now work on t   

Step 9.

This is the last and final step. What you are gonna do here is just add some finishing touches. He is hold a piece of magic in his right hand it looks like a rough chard of glass, and the wing that is hidden behind the scenes needs a quick sketch. Af   

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: January 22, 2008
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