How to Draw a Traditional Japanese Dragon

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STEP 1. The first step is always simple and short. What you are going to be doing here is drawing out the guidelines and a few circle shapes. Lets start off by drawing the circle shapes, there is only a few of them Draw a small round circle for the head and another wide smaller circle for the eye. Then draw a boxed oblong shape for the snout. All that is left to do for the shapes is draw out two circle for the knees. Now what you are going to next is draw the guidelines for the body, hair, and whiskers.   STEP 2. Now in this step which is step 2, you will be drawing out the actual shape of the Japaneses dragons body in detail. The best way to start this step is to start at the head and snout. This is a very simple step because all you will be doing is basically drawing an "S" shape for the body. Using the guidelines draw out the legs, and detail the hair a bit.   STEP 3. And finally the last step where all you have to do here is sketch out the detail and definition on the Japanese dragons hair, face, head, claws, and frilly looking hair on the back of the front and hind legs. You are going to have to draw each individual spike that is on the dragons back. After your sketch looks like the one above you can erase the guidelines and circle shapes.   STEP 4. This is what your sketch should look like when you are done. All you have to do is color him in your own colors or use the coloring code that i used here on my sketch. That is going to conclude this tutorial on how to draw a traditional Japanese dragon.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4.