How to Draw Anthro Dragons

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How to Draw Anthro Dragons
One of the many styles of dragons. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Drawing the human form can be difficult enough, but merging it with other forms for the purpose of art is downright challenging. Centaurs, fauns, minotaurs, merfolk and other fantasy creatures are all humanoids anthropomorphically merged with animals, and there are many different ways to interpret and draw them. Other "anthro" creatures can be anything your creativity comes up with, though some things merge more easily than others. Anthro dragons can seem especially challenging at first, but the truth is there's no "right" way to draw a dragon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a circle. This will serve as the base for the head. Decide what style of anthro dragon you're going to draw.

  2. 2

    Sketch a line horizontally through the circle where you want the eyes to be.

  3. 3

    Sketch a line vertically through the circle, to align the nose and mouth. This and the previous line will determine which way your character is looking, so skew them in whichever direction you'd like.

  4. 4

    Draw a square in the bottom part of the circle, not quite as wide. The centre top should be where your horizontal and vertical lines connect, with the bottom of the square just outside the bottom circle line. This will guide you into drawing the snout.

  5. 5

    Draw the eyes on either side of the square, along your horizontal line. Remember that most reptiles have wide-set eyes, so make them farther apart than you would a human's.

  6. 6

    Draw the shape of the head around your circle. Ideally, it should be wider than that of a human head, but narrower than a reptile's.

  7. 7

    Draw the body skeleton as you would a normal human's, then alter it according to the style of dragon you're drawing. Keep in mind things like tails, wings and claws -- such simple additions can do wonders to finalise your design.

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