How to Draw Dragon Wings

Artist: Dawn / June 28, 2013
How to Draw Dragon Wings

Step 1.


References - When an artist wants to draw something from imagination, he/she will seek out references in order to achieve the most believable design. With that being said, to draw dragon wings in the most accurate form, you will need to reference rea   

Step 2.


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 3.


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 4.


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.    

Step 5.


Wing Forearms - Another important part about the dragon wing, is the forearm, which supports the hand, which then precedes into the wing fingers. Again, I have given you three types of forearms, varying in sizes depending on the body composition of t   

Step 6.


Wing Biceps - Alright first things first, you will need to practice a few times at drawing the various sizes/types of biceps for your wing. Know that, biceps of the wing are the 'key' supporting area of the entire wing; so this part has to be the 'th   

Step 7.


Let's begin our full bodied dragons in flight examination with a frontal view of a dragon. Observe how the wings are only seen from at the tips, with a bit of the larger connecting membranes attached to the sides of the body visible. To aid my vision   

Step 8.


Here is how you can draw your own dragon in flight. Start with the small head and torso. Add the lines for the wings, then begin sketching out the head and neck. Once that is done begin tackling the step where you will draw the torso and front arms a   

Step 9.


This is the view of the dragon from behind. We will also learn how to draw a dragon from the back view as well. Start with the guides for the whole body, then draw in the guidelines for the wings. Sketch out the arms, then draw the outlined shape for   

Step 10.


For the first step we will need to make the basic guides and shapes. This dragon is on top of a mountain and is looking downward. You will have to draw the body pose to show this position. Make the small shape for the head first, then draw the egg sh   

Step 11.


Sketch out the shape of the head for this dragon. The mouth of the beast should be wide open and there should also be points along the lining of the mouth.

Step 12.


Continue to work on the head by sketching out the frills along the sides of the head and or face, then draw in the other horn. When that is done draw the tongue, teeth and eye. Don't forget to add detailing to the head as well.

Step 13.


Now we will draw out the long skinny neck, followed by the hunched over body. The arms should also be on the slender side and it should also be defined to show the muscle tone.

Step 14.


This dragon has arm limbs as well as wing limbs. Begin sketching out the long slender arms for the wings. Add detailing by making muscle definition.

Step 15.


Then, to start drawing the wing membranes, you will need to keep in mind of your guides you've drawn previously in order to sketch them accurately. First, begin with the right wing, so you don't have to draw the left wing's under lapping features. Sk   

Step 16.


Next, let's jump into sketching the detailing of the torso as well as the leg and arm overlapped by the head. Use thin lines for the definition of smaller details, and thick lines for areas that have lots of depth.

Step 17.


Now that your dragon is completely drawn, you can sketch in the rock that it is sitting on. Add detailing throughout and be sure to make the rock look rough.

Step 18.


Next, draw the sharp pointed spine bones like so, then erase all the mistakes and guides.

Step 19.


Now you're done. Color in your dragon and show off the hard work you just did.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: June 28, 2013
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Description: So here is a dragon for you all and I know it's a bit large. I haven't made any lessons on dragons lately so I figured it would be a good idea to make one. Here is my version on how to draw dragon wings, step by step. There are many ways to draw wings but when it comes to dragon's wings they should, or need to be done in a certain way because they are so large and because there is a lot of skin based tissue. Now I know these creatures never existed, but if they had they would have been massive creatures. I have always loved dragons, and I always will. After all, Dragoart.com was originally made because of my love for dragons. I wanted to make a site that allowed me to show off my drawings that I made and also let people view my progress as I get better with drawing. That was almost seven years ago. I hope you enjoy drawing dragon wings once again, be sure to leave some feedback.