How to Draw a Western Dragon

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STEP 1. Ok folks, to create a proportionally correct dragon, you'll be needing to establish the framework (or foundation), of the body. I know this can definitely be time consuming but trust me, it's worth the effort. Start by drawing the base circle for the head and proceed by drawing the descending circles that shape the frame for the torso and hindquarters. Traditionally, Western dragons have large torsos and slim abdomens. This is because there's more activity going on on the torso end because of the wings, forelegs, and neck. A dragon will be needing strong powerful upper bodies to properly function. Be sure to draw the guides with a different color pencil so you'll know which lines to erase at the end.   STEP 2. Next, it's time to outline the shape of the body before we saddle up to draw the limbs. You definitely need to establish with the body base because it will give you advanced knowledge on where to place the outer limbs. ALWAYS start with drawing the frame of the head, and then work your way to the body.   STEP 3. Then, it's time to work on the limbs! This can be fun, but it's crucially important to rev up your skills on drawing dragon limbs. I have a few tutorials that go through this process in the 'dragon' category to the left of the site. Anyways, you'll be needing your patience steady for this region of the lesson, since screwing up on the limbs, lingers. Start by drawing the forelegs and then work your way down to the hind legs. Take your time with the individual fingers and measuring the length/width of each limb. These large arms and legs serve a purpose for your dragon. They need muscular and strong bodies in order to properly handle their everyday lives.   STEP 4. Next, we'll be handling lots of the important details that create your dragon. Work on the essentials of the head, hands, and most importantly, the wings. Having large wings for your dragon will only persuade the believability of it's flight; and overall, it's existence. You most definitely can't have a dragon with tiny wings and large muscular body such as this. Think of your dragon as a living creature. Evaluate it's habitat, how it lives, it's defense mechanisms, and it's appetite. Don't blow it's standards out of proportion. Otherwise, your viewers will be confused.   STEP 5. Then, it's time to work in details that create the dragon's believability even more! Adding muscular definition to the large torso and tail will only create realism. How will you define the dragon's age? Adding ripped wings and imprints of scars and other markings will depict the age of the dragon.   STEP 6. Lastly, add finalizing details that will create your dragon's appearance to a more realistic state. Take your time and evaluate which details you want to draw on your creature.   STEP 7. Ah! You are now finished with your beast! Erase guidelines that may distract from the overall piece and get ready for inking! Be sure to create thin lines with a bit of darkening in active areas. All it takes is practice and determination when learning to draw. Thanks so much for viewing this lesson, and have fun!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7.