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STEP 1. This is a sketch of some important parts of the wyvern's body that you should pay close attention to. Things like the underarms, neck, and width of the waist should be examined like you see here. The arms which carry the wing membrane, attaches to the upper part of the chest where the neck meets the shoulders. The base of the arms are very thick and muscular to sustain a well built flying system. DO NOT over build the muscles on your wyvern wings or they'll end up looking funky and unbelievable.   STEP 2. Here is a cool drawing I did a your basic wyvern diagram that points out all the body parts to this beast. I point out parts from the head to tail and I think it's important for you to learn about the different parts to this reptile's body. Most wyverns have barbed tails that can range in style. As you can see, I added a cool double spike to the tail. The chest of a wyvern is VERY similar to a bird's chest. This is because wyverns have two wings and two legs, like a bird. The chest is jutted outwards. The legs must be believably long and thin to support the landing for the dragon as well as an defense/offense mechanism for prey and predators.   STEP 3. There are many types of heads you can draw your wyevern in. The three basics, is the blocky - where the head is very blocky and beastly. The body of a wyvern would have to be beefy to match the face. Narrow - the body of a wyvern should be thin to match the complexion of the face. Thin wyvern faces are very fitting for agile hunters. Normal - this is a dragon face that relates more a bird complexion. A thin and lean body would be perfect for this type of face. Explore the possibilities of diverse wyvern faces to create the ultimate beast!   STEP 4. Here is a cool front view drawing of a wyverns head. Here, perspective is working its magic to make the face look like it's actually staring at you in frontal view. The sides of the upper jawline are narrowed and pulled upwards to the butt of the eyes and cranial area. The lower jaw is much longer and gets narrow at the tip, depending on what type of face shape you're drawing your wyvern in.   STEP 5. Draw the head shape and then draw out the rest of the shapes of the body like the torso, and pelvic area. When that is done you will draw in the guidelines for all the limbs which includes the neck, arms, legs, and then draw a connecting line for the torso and pelvic.   STEP 6. You will now begin sketching out the shape of the wyvern's head, but more of the jaw and open mouth.   STEP 7. This is the step where you will start drawing out the sharp teeth, tongue, and then the eyes. Once that is done, you can sketch in some detailing.   STEP 8. Now, here is where you can start sketching out the frilled like horns, and these horns should start at the lower part of the jawline, and when they start here the horns should be drawn smaller. Add some detailing and definition to the horns.   STEP 9. Now that the head is all done you can begin drawing out the neck, the back of the neck, some of the chest, and then some of the shoulder.   STEP 10. Here you will start sketching out the first of the two arms and make sure you add the definition and detailing. The muscles should be well defined, and when the arm is drawn out, you can then start sketching out the finger bones which attaches the skin based tissue to the arms.   STEP 11. Here you will be drawing out the rest of the body starting with the thighs, and lower portion of the legs. Next, sketch out the long curled tail, and then be sure to sketch out the lining for the legs so they look muscular and well defined.   STEP 12. Now its time to sketch out the tail tip which can be skin based or hair based. When that is done you can begin sketching out skin detailing. Dragons and wyverns are reptiles so their body texture should resemble that of a reptile like a snake or lizard.   STEP 13. Start drawing out the arched over wing, and since the wing is hovering over the dragons body, you will be drawing the wing from the front view.   STEP 14. Continue to sketch out the wings but when you do this you need to sketch in some tears, rips, wrinkles, crinkles, and stretched creases. Take your time with this step because you want to make sure that the wing gets drawn properly.   STEP 15. Sketch out the frill skin on the back of the neck and make sure that the detailing and definition is all sketched in nicely so you end up with a real nice, well defined and detailed drawing of a wyvern. Before you go you will have to sketch out the other wing and add some of the same detailing as well.   STEP 16. For the last drawing step you can begin sketching out the under body of the wyvern which is softer tissue then the hyde. Add the horizontal stripes that flow down the front of the body, and then add some skin like frills to the ends of the tail like so. You can now start erasing the lines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up the drawing.   STEP 17. Here is what you end up with when you are all done. Now you can color it in, and be on your way. This tutorial took a long time to complete, but I think you will see that in the end you did a great job with learning how to draw a wyvern.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17.