How to Draw a Dragon (Step by Step with Pictures)
Many people are hesitant to learn how to draw a dragon because they believe it is difficult; however, by following these 12 steps, you will be a master at drawing dragons in no time. Having the right tools for the job will aid your drawing process, and these visuals will make the process completely simple.
Step 1: Drawing a dragon’s head
Drawing a European dragon is not as difficult as it may appear. Begin by drawing the head shape – this will be your head – and then draw a carrot to help you place the snout in the dragon’s face.
Step 2: Draw line for dragon’s body
In this exercise, we’ll draw a circle in the shape of a W, but not as pointy as a W; instead, the edges should be round and fluid, giving us an idea of where the peaks and dips should be.
Step 3: Draw line for dragon’s legs
The front leg will be shaped like a > symbol, with the elbow as the point, and the back leg will be shaped like the opposite: with the knee!
Step 4: Draw dragon’s horn
Create a small upwards line at the top of the circle, then swoop that line into a downward arc, and finally a flourish back towards the top.
Step 5: Draw dragon’s wings
To guide where the wing will fold over itself, draw a line starting at an angle and connecting it to a curved line going down; it’s okay if it crosses over the tail line.
Step 6: Drawing shape of the dragon
As you can see, this dragon has a very angular style. The bottom lip comes to close just below the top lip due to the way the teeth close in on each other, so you’ll want to draw your line first before adding the squared-off chin.
Step 7: Add dragon’s flared scales
Create a batwing-like shape with the peaks facing right, and flared scales at the back of the circle! Next, draw a connecting line for the wing joint to help guide where the shoulder begins.
Drawing the drawing legs
Draw a line going the opposite way from the top and bottom of his arms; it’s the same theory as how your own arm looks: the shoulder flows into the tricep/bicep, then the elbow.
Drawing the dragon shoulder
Making a large shoulder with a triangle shape going downwards toward the peak of the > symbol, then coming out in a V shape to the right, ending with a little tick inwards (this is your elbow claw), then returning to the elbow.
For the foot, start with a small claw and extend slightly downwards from the bottom. Now bring that line horizontally across to meet where you planned out your feet.
Time for the back leg now!
Find the beginning of the line you created earlier using the same theory as the front leg, but this time we’re going to make a “butt”-like muscle that’s much wider and larger than the front legs because the dragon’s center of balance is in the back.
Step 10: Add more details
We’ll extend the line for the eyebrow ridge from the top flare on the head (the largest one), then close off the horn with a wider base and slimmer point. This is the tricky part because it requires some perspective.
Step 11: Drawing details of dragon’s face
Close off the teeth by connecting the open points on the triangles. Finally, form the inner wing by closing that space on the dragon’s back with an upwards arc.
How do you draw a dragon face step by step?
- Draw two curves.
- Continue the top of the head.
- Continue the cheek lines.
- Add the mouth and lips.
- Draw the nose, eye, ear, and cheek.
- Draw a long horn.
- Add the inside neck line.
What is real dragon?
A dragon is a large, serpentine, legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures around the world. While dragon beliefs vary greatly by region, dragons in western cultures have often been depicted as winged, horned, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire since the High Middle Ages.
How do you draw a horse head step by step?
- Draw a large eye with a spot.
- Begin the head as shown.
- Add the top of the head and neck.
- Add two ears.
- Draw the mouth shape around the nose.
- Erase the inside line. Add the nostril and lip line.
- Add a mane and back line.
What does a Japanese dragon tattoo mean?
The Japanese dragon, which represents strength, wisdom, blessing, and the force of good, is the most popular tattoo design in Japan. The symbolism stems from the traditional belief that dragons can manipulate elements for the benefit of people and the good in this world.
What’s the difference between Chinese and Japanese dragons?
The main difference between the two is that Japanese dragons have three toes on each foot, whereas Chinese dragons have four, and Chinese mythology almost always depicts dragons as benevolent, whereas Japanese myth depicts them as destructive monsters, similar to the European dragon.