Dragons are among the most popular mythical creatures in fantasy stories. Draw a scary dragon by starting with a simple sketch and then adding detail. For extra authenticity, study pictures of real animals and combine their parts to create your final monster. You can use a snake as a model for the tail and a chicken as inspiration for the feet. Studying the wings of a bat may help you achieve a more realistic dragon drawing.
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Sketch the shape of the dragon's body using ovals for the body and head, and lines to approximate the position of the limbs. Draw a long winding line for the tail. Add the outline of wings coming from the back. Erase as necessary, and redraw your guidelines until you get your dragon into a position that works for you.
Draw in the limbs, neck and tail. Make the arms and legs look powerful and muscular. Connect the wing tips by drawing in the membrane between each point. Add claws at the end of the wing digits and for the dragon's hands and feet.
Draw details to finalise your work. Sketch in a wicked looking beard below the dragon's chin. Add spikes at the back of the head. Pencil in the border between the dragon's scaly back and underbelly. Draw a chain necklace around the dragon's neck that has a human skull as an ornament.
Focus on the head. Draw the snout with large flaring nostrils. Add the eyes. Draw overhanging flesh and bone above the eyes to make them look like they are sitting deep in the sockets.
Sketch in scales all over the dragon's body. Scales should cover the dragon everywhere except its belly. Draw each scale individually for the most authentic-looking results.
Tips and warnings
- Add smoke from the dragon's mouth to make the dragon look more menacing.
- Keep your pencil sharp to draw tiny scales without smudging.
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