How to Draw a Dragon for Beginners

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How to Draw a Dragon for Beginners
How to draw a simple dragon (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Dragons typically have certain features such as a pointed head, wings, and a tail; however, since it is a fantasy creature, there are many variations in terms of details. You can copy sketches of dragons, follow tutorial instructions on the Internet, or be creative and develop your own idea of what a dragon should look like. If you are a beginner, you can draw a dragon in five relatively simple steps using a pencil and a piece of paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

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  1. 1

    Draw an outline of the head shape and the body shape from a side view. The head outline should be pointed and it should have a long neck. The body itself should be long. The hind leg should be larger than the front leg. Mark where the wing should start and end and make it proportional to the body. The wing should start just behind the front leg on the dragon's shoulder. Add a tail behind the hind leg. This is just a rough outline.

  2. 2

    Alter any areas of the dragon's outline that seem out of proportion by using an eraser. If the head seems too small for the body, for example, you can draw a larger head and then erase the smaller outline of the head. You may want to change the shape of the tail. You could make the tail so that it falls straight behind the dragon or you could sketch it so that it curls around in front of the dragon.

  3. 3

    Add details such as an eye on the dragon's head. The eye should be like a long slit with an eyeball. Draw a nostril near the front of the head. Sketch a line from the front of the dragon's face to a point under the dragon's eye. You could make the tail come to a point. Add three "toes" to the dragon's front and hind foot and draw talons on each toe. Draw horned finlike spines on the dragon's head.

  4. 4

    Sketch more finer details on to your dragon such as triangle-shaped teeth on the mouth line. Add more finlike spines going down the dragon from his head to his shoulders where the wing begins. Draw spine lines on to the wing so it resembles a bat wing. Pencil in more finlike spines behind the wing. You can make these spines go the entire length of the tail or end them on the dragon's rump.

  5. 5

    Review illustrations of dragon sketches for ideas. Put the finishing touches on your dragon or make further alterations. Experiment with different looks by adding an ear or drawing two horns on the dragon's head instead of spikes. If you want it to be a fire-breathing dragon, draw flames coming out of the dragon's mouth. Add some skin between the toes for flight. If you wish, add colour with watercolours, markers, or pencil crayons.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember that dragons are fantasy creatures so aside from basic features, you can be creative with different body parts. The tail can be as long as you want it to be, for example, and the mouth can be closed or open and breathing fire. The dragon can be drawn as if in flight or on the ground.

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