Hannah here, my Mom told me that this month’s posts were supposed to be about entertainment… but I’m back to do another dragon drawing tutorial! (You can check out my first dragon drawing tutorial here > How to Draw a Dragon.) For me, drawing is entertaining but don’t worry I’ll also attach a link with info about my absolute favorite drawing books below because Mom says books qualify under ENTERTAINMENT – hee hee! )
I’ve done something a bit more difficult than my last tutorial, just to change things up.
Step 1: Draw a faint out line, or sketch of your dragon’s head and jaw, if you aren’t
happy with the shape you can always re-draw it, after all you just started!
Step 2: Add in a bit of detail and shape to your dragon’s head, as in the placement of the eye, nostril, horns, spikes, teeth, tongue and several scale placements. I’ve also added the extra skin stretched between his top and bottom jaw.
Step 3: More detail such as extra scale placements, spikes on the lower jaw, feathers and whiskers on the lower jaw as well help add a bit of fun stuff. Draw in a few fun designs on the top jaw and add in more scales. Try to size them, from larger to smaller and eventually fill in all the space with the extra little scales.
Step 4: Now we’re filling in all that extra space on his head and neck, let’s fill ‘er in!!
Define the eye a bit more, fill in the extra spikes and scales along his head, and on the lower jaw, upper jaw and around the eye and nostril. Along what’s visible of his neck add some creative scales and fun shapes. Define the tongue, and horns a little bit.
Step 5: The fun detail is next! Using your pencil, darken a lot and define the tip of the
nose, along the top jaw and the bottom jaw. We’ll start shading and detailing this area
first and work our way back. Add crease lines in his extra skin flap, and do a bit of
shading on his tongue to make it stand out. Only add light shading to the teeth, as they
were probably white. Shade in the details on the top jaw, and the spikes on the lower.
Add some fun lines on the feathers and whiskers on the bottom jaw to make them seem
less hard than the scales around them.
Step 6: Next, from the nostril up to just beyond the eye fill in all those scales, large to
small. With the bigger ones do a bit of shading and cross hatching, later add only the
tiniest little bit of shading on the smallest scales so that they are defined from one another
and the bigger scales. If you shade the spikes around the dragon’s eye we’ll lose it.
Maybe to a bit of cross hatching there too to add texture but still have the eye stand out.
Step 7: Start from where we left off behind the eye and the edge of the jaw start to add
shading and detail here too. For the horns add textures such as stripes, shading, and lines. This helps make the horn stand out from the rest of the body. Also where the body meets the horn try and define them so that you can tell which part is which. For the rest of the lower jaw shade in the rest of the spikes and fill them completely in.
Step 8: The final and completely finishing step; colour in the scales on your dragon’s
neck, add more stripes, designs, cross hatching, texture and shading. I suggest not adding as much shading on the neck as the other parts, but you still can. I’ve more coloured them fully in, darkened the edges and then added the cross hatching to fill it in.
I was first inspired to draw dragons when I saw the art of Neondragon. She has created three ‘How to Draw’ books, one is fantasy creatures, one with people and elves and the third is strictly dragons. I’ve bought all three, and I constantly use them for inspiration. Check out her site here > NEONDRAGON and have a peek through her gallery > NEONDRAGON GALLERY.
I’ve also attached a few of her illustrations here below.
Happy dragon drawing, Hannah