This is what the finished full-size dragon looks like. Scroll down for the tutorial on how to draw this dragon in 14 steps.
I've got two tutorials for how to draw a dragon head. Scroll down to learn how to draw this dragon's head at an angle.
Dragons can be very easy to draw if you simplify their image like we've done above. If you want to draw a more detailed dragon, you can use the tricks we showed to get the pose right, then add your details.
Because there are no real dragons around to draw, the best way to "draw what you see, not what you know" is to borrow parts of different animals and incorporate them into your drawing. Lizards are excellent to study, because of the way they pose and move. Notice how lizards have a small hole behind their eye -- that's actually their ear, so if you wanted to draw a "more realistic" dragon, you might include a very small hole behind their eyes, like lizards.
Iguanas are great to study, too, because they have hefty claws and those terrific spikes going down their back. This is terrific material to borrow for a dragon study. Bats wings are another thing you should pay close attention to. There are videos available online that show bats flying in slow motion, and you would do well to study those and draw them in several different poses from different angles. It will open up your ability to draw dragons in dramatic motion, which is definitely when dragons look their best.
Anybody can draw a dragon head with a few simple lines. This is what the final drawing looks like.
Step 1 The first step of how to draw a dragon. The first arc down makes the spines of the dragon's head. The dip of the stroke is the dragon's forehead (think of a horse's forehead and nose). The last bit is the hook of the dragon's nose, or beak - think of a hawk's beak.
Step 3. This is the bottom jaw. Adding a little hook, like the top part of the jaw, adds a nice touch
Step 4. Making the other spikes from the dragon's head.
Step 5. Adding the eye. Dragon eyes seem to look better if they're sharp and slanted instead of being round like human eyes.
Step 6. The bottom of the eye. Fill it in for better definition against the rest of the image.
Practice how to draw a dragon here:
How to Draw a Full-Size Dragon
Step 1) Drawing the dragon's spine.
Step 2) And the belly of the dragon.
Step 3) The top of the head.
Step 4) The bottom of the head.
Step 5) The dragon's jaw.
Step 6) The dragon's wing.
Step 7) Some bone definition in the wing.
Step 8) The spines of the wing.
Step 9) The talons of the wing.
Step 10) The webbings of the wing.
Step 11) Erasing the spine behind the wing.
Step 12) The back leg hip.
Step 13) The back leg toes.
Step 14) The front leg.
by Pam Neely
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