How to Draw a Dragon Body

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STEP 1. Here's another interesting step I'd like to inform everyone about, since so many artists have issues with this. The arms should be a very important feature of the dragon's body to master. Observe how the un-flexed/relaxed arm is. Notice how there aren't many muscles contracting or protruding too harshly?   STEP 2. Now, look at the differences with a flexed arm, and how the muscles protrude and become pronounced. this is important, because dragons, like most four legged predators, have very muscular extremities in which require much strength to use (arms, legs, wings, neck). For example, an Orangutan's arms are so powerful to aid in it's ability to skillfully hop through the biggest and tallest trees. Otherwise, where will they get the strength to climb through all those massive trees? Same rule applies here. Think of your dragons in the same exact way, and maybe even implement features into your dragons using logical reasoning of why they're there.   STEP 3. Here is another super flexed arm that demonstrates how muscular a dragon's arm can be. If you draw a dragon that is slender, and it's habitat is living in marshy ponds and rivers, the dragon will probably have thin/lanky limbs since there is no need for it to have muscular arms. They will probably even have lots of frills and gills to aid in it's survival of it's aquatic environment. A dragon's environment and diet play key roles in how the design of the creature should be structured. Use examples or references from real animals and implement them into your own designs.   STEP 4. Now, recalling back to when I said that the torso is the largest part of a dragon's body, here is why. Look at what's going on here with the wing and arm, how they are compressed within that small torso space. The arm wing itself is large enough to support the lengthy flights that the dragon will embark on in it's lifetime. The wing arm muscles, blend within the forearm of the dragon.   STEP 5. Here is a drawing of how the dragons look in a row as a life cycle state. As you can see detailing, definition and shading becomes more intense. Now let's move to the drawing steps to begin sketching out our dragon.   STEP 6. What's most important about drawing dragons breathing fire, is that you have to pay attention to the shape of the mouth. A closed mouth with have the lower jaw tucked beneath the upper jaw, like dinosaurs. It's better to base your dragons off past animals that are similar, dinosaurs. When a dragon's mouth is open, drawing the lower jaw can be trickier. You should keep in mind the distance between the lower and the upper, making sure the upper is still slightly longer than the lower. Also look how tense the snout is, with lines that define bits of snarled skin upwards, like a dog's muzzle.   STEP 7. Let us begin this lesson by making some important guidelines and shapes which will eventually form the framework for your dragon that we will be drawing. Start with a head guide, then draw a long neck line that will connect to the torso shape. Draw in the framework for the rest of the dragon's body followed by the large or massive wing guide.   STEP 8. We will begin drawing the shape or structure for the dragon's head. The top part of the head is like a plate. Draw the pointed frills and then add some grooves down the center of the head which is also known to be the forehead and muzzle.   STEP 9. We will now carefully draw the bottom mandible. As you can see the edging of the lining is sharp and looks more like a rough pointed jaw. Add the small horn on the tip of the nose too.   STEP 10. Draw in your dragon's face starting with the eye. Color it in solid, then sketch in all of the detailing and definition that adds character and realism to your dragon.   STEP 11. Up next, we will draw the thick shape of your dragon's neck which also seems to bend. Sketch in some of the chest and then draw the shoulder.   STEP 12. Continue on with drawing your dragon's body. As you can see the first front leg is muscular but visually stubby as well. Draw the toes and then the detailing for the toned look.   STEP 13. This is a simple step because all you have to do is draw in the other front leg and foot. Notice how this leg is in a motion pose because the dragon is being drawn to look like he is about to take a step or just got done taking a step and is now in a pose.   STEP 14. Carefully draw the back, butt end and then the stomach and back leg. Don't forget to draw the foot as well as the toes. Very strong, sturdy look stance this dragon has.   STEP 15. Are you ready to draw the best part of a dragon's body? Good, then let's get started. You will begin by making the arm for the wing. Once that is done you can draw in the large or massive sized wing like you see here. The edging should be very rough or tattered looking. As you know dragons take flight on a daily if not constantly in the skies. All the wear from flying definitely takes a toll on dragon wings.   STEP 16. You will now just draw a simple looking tail which is stiff, still, long and sturdy.   STEP 17. Draw the fin like frills down the middle of the tail. The further the frills or spikes go down the smaller they become. Then draw the same style frills on the back of the dragon's neck.   STEP 18. All you have to do here is draw the last leg which is lifted.   STEP 19. Begin the detailing process for your wing. This should include the lining that forms a hangover or a spooning look. Draw the small fingers at the top of the wing like so as well.   STEP 20. Before you start tackling the task of adding much needed detailing and definition to your dragon, erase your mistakes and guidelines/shapes that you made in the first step as well as throughout the tut. Once that is complete you can start the detailing process. Start with the front of the neck, then around the torso, legs, back end and wings.   STEP 21. 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