How to Draw a Dragon

Four Methods:A Water DragonA Realistic Dragon (Fantasy)Realistic Dragon, FestiveCartoon Dragon

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Do you have trouble drawing mythical creatures? It's not as straightforward as drawing a frog or a car, but you have more room for creativity because no one can ever say it doesn't look like the real thing! Learn how to draw a dragon by following this tutorial.

Method 1
A Water Dragon

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    Draw an oval for the head.
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    Draw a sharp curve connected to the oval drawn previously to complete the main head outline.
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    Draw a jagged line for the mouth.
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    Draw curves with sharp edges for the horns.
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    Draw another set of curves for the frills.
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    Draw an S- shaped curve for the neck and part of the body.
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    Draw another similar S-shaped curve as the previous one.
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    Draw a circle to make the main body section.
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    Draw a series of curves attached to triangles for the tail and feet.
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    Draw ovals attached to curves for the main feet of the water dragon.
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    Based on the outlines, draw your water dragon
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    Add details such as eyes, horn details, scales, and back spines
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    Erase the unnecessary outlines.
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    Color your water dragon!

Method 2
A Realistic Dragon (Fantasy)

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    Draw an oblong for the head.
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    Draw a smaller oblong inside the oblong earlier for the mouth.
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    Draw a series of curves to make the frills.
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    Draw a circle to make the chest of the dragon.
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    Draw curves connecting the chest with the head of the dragon.
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    Draw a big curve to make the body and tail.
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    Complete the body and tail outline following the curve drawn earlier.
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    Draw four ovals for the feet.
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    Draw a series of ovals to complete the feet.
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    Draw sharp curves attached to the feet for the claws
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    Draw a series of curved lines for the wings.
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    Draw a series of curved lines attached to the lines drawn previously to complete the wing outline.
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    Based on the outline draw the main parts of the dragon.
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    Add details to the dragon such as eyes, flame breath, scales, and back spines.
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    Erase the unnecessary outlines.
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    Color your dragon!

Method 3
Realistic Dragon, Festive

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    Draw a perspective cube for the nose of the dragon.
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    Add another perspective cube below that.
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    Extend straight lines from the upper cube and join them to make pointed horns.
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    Draw a string of a guideline for the body starting from the head to the tail.
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    Connect lines to the body guide for the limbs of the dragon. Further connect straight lines for the claws. Also draw a flowing guideline for the tongue.
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    Draw details of the dragon based on the guides.
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    Erase all unwanted lines and enrich it with further details.
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    Draw a repeat line over the entire body as a guide for the flames.
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    Draw the flames based on the above guide
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    Color the dragon.

Method 4
Cartoon Dragon

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    Draw a slanted oval for the nose of the dragon.
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    Add a couple more ovals to the earlier oval for its eyes and draw two antennas from it as guidelines for the horns.
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    Draw two small ovals for the nostrils and a tapered semi-circle for the mouth .
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    Draw a big-sized oval for the belly.
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    Add two overlapping ovals on the big oval for the thighs of the dragon’s hind limbs.
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    Place two smaller ovals for the paws just below the thigh-ovals.
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    Now draw a guideline rising from the eye-ovals to the tip of the tail for the shoulder , back and tail of the dragon.
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    On the basis of the guides, draw the shoulder, back and tail-lines of the character as well as the belly.
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    Draw a couple of small ovals for the paws of the fore-limbs .
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    Draw two curved lines arising from the neck followed by connected curved lines for the wings.
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    Based on the entire layout, draw every possible detail.
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    Erase all unnecessary lines. Then draw the guide for the fire flame and draw the bony plates on its neck, back and tail.
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    Draw the fire in detail based on the guide.
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    Color and shade the dragon.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils, crayons, markers or watercolors

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