How to Create a Basic Dragon?

Basic Dragon Sketch 6.2

The Story

After I created my first dragon, I was eager to try again and see if I can draw it everyday for a whole week. My goal was to see if I can render this thing without having to always refer to a reference. However, it’s freaking hard!!

So how do you make it?

Its actually quite simple, you just need to start with a basic circle (head) and a loose long line. See Sketch # 4. Before I write out a whole paragraph, which I almost did…

Here are 6 steps

  • Create 2 large intersecting circles.
  • Connect lines from neck all the way around to the tail
    • Tail end will taper
    • Chest usually sticks out more
  • Draw in the nose/mouth
    • Its shaped like a trapezoid
  • Draw a single wing stem from a circle (Sketch 3)
    • I broke it down in six segments
    • Later on you can draw out the longer fingers
      • They should be 2-3 segments long
      • The tips of the wing should stretch out to the hip (sketch 6.2)
  • Legs, start by creating small circles (sketch 5)
    • Try to position circles away from each other
    • Create the hands as circles first to get an idea of proportion
      • Then draw in a few fingers
        • Try not to focus too much on the detail early on (sketch 8)
  • Add the eye, mouth and horns
    • I generally draw the eye using a pentagon shape, then add detail later

That’s it for now…

I know its not the complete setup, but should be enough to get you started. If you want the remaining steps you can get it from the book called DragonArt. Feel free to post your creations in the comments below. If you like what you see, please like and follow the blog for more inspiration!

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