How To Draw A Dragon Serpent

Draw A Dragon Serpent

 Drawing a dragon serpent is easy to do once you have the basics of a dragon mapped out in your mind, a serpent is slightly different from a true dragon as there are no wings, so all you are left with is a huge serpent like body and the rest is considered a dragon with it's similar features and lizard like dragon scales for skin.

Here, though a dragon serpent can also be referenced from a Chinese dragon or even a Japanese style dragon, without wings and certainly the influence of these wingless dragons have been used in tattoos and other media which depict these quite popular dragon designs.

In the following slideshow, you can see the four steps I took to draw this particular dragon serpent and there is definitely more to drawing dragons than one drawing tutorial, so consider this one of many that I'll eventually create on the subject of dragons.

The first steps of drawing a serpent dragon is to sketch out a rough form, like I have done in the first sketch, which just shows the rough shape of the dragons head and a long winding curve that will be the serpents body and then I've marked out the shoulders of the arms and the top parts for the legs, this is just to see whether they would look okay as I've marked them in and they do look ok.

The second sketch was more on giving a little definition to the serpent dragons body on the arms and the legs and sort of filling out the form and structure of it's entire body, this was done on a lightbox, where I drew over the initial draft drawing and then rubbed out the previous pencil lines to make it look like the drawing had advanced, I didn't want to leave the first pencil lines in or else it would have confused somewhat.

The third sketch was primarily more focused on bringing in more detail on the face of the dragon and other details like claws, horns and spines on it's back, this is where you see the drawing coming together now and it really does look like a dragon serpent.

The fourth drawing is just the final inking stage in which I attempt to finish the drawing and create lots of detail as you can see with all of those intricate dragon scales which overlap.

When trying to draw something like this, never look at it and feel daunted, because although this is my attempt, you may go in a totally different direction because that's the nature of art it can be interpreted as each persons individual artistry, so always look for the bottom line and that's how you approach the drawing in your own way and if you mess up, then try again and just be inspired to draw and practice everyday.

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How To Draw A Dragon Serpent - Watch The 4 Part Slideshow Of My Sketches

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Drawing a dragon serpent sketch 1 - Basic figure workout.How to draw a serpent dragon sketch 2 - Developing that initial figure drawing.Draw a dragon serpent sketch 3 - Finalize the serpents body.How to draw a dragon serpent final ink drawing - Finished ink drawing of our serpent dragon.    Serpent dragon art Copyright Wayne Tully 2010.
Drawing a dragon serpent sketch 1 - Basic figure workout.
Drawing a dragon serpent sketch 1 - Basic figure workout.
How to draw a serpent dragon sketch 2 - Developing that initial figure drawing.
How to draw a serpent dragon sketch 2 - Developing that initial figure drawing.
Draw a dragon serpent sketch 3 - Finalize the serpents body.
Draw a dragon serpent sketch 3 - Finalize the serpents body.
How to draw a dragon serpent final ink drawing - Finished ink drawing of our serpent dragon.    Serpent dragon art Copyright Wayne Tully 2010.
How to draw a dragon serpent final ink drawing - Finished ink drawing of our serpent dragon. Serpent dragon art Copyright Wayne Tully 2010.

Dragon Serpent Drawing

Drawing a dragon serpent.    Art Copyright waynetully.com
Drawing a dragon serpent. Art Copyright waynetully.com

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How To Draw A Dragon Serpent 30 comments

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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Okay. I'll bite. How did you get from the 1st drawing to the last one? I'd like to give this a try!


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Charmcrazey 2 years ago from Central Florida

Starts out looking simple enough but wow, then it gets complex. Going to have to work up to this one.


luis 4 years ago

awesome


ThEaMaTeUr 4 years ago

nc tutoria i tried it it it came awesome ty!!!!


i love drawing 4 years ago

iv done awwsome i come on this site everyday to practice


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waynet 4 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

You mean a detailed step by step one?


marc 4 years ago

can you make one step by step and poot it on the site.


emmiebret 4 years ago

sigh this is too hard


deedle deedle 5 years ago

wow. that is pretty good.... just noticing; nobodys posted since 2010... guess im slow at this stuff.


CYBERDRAGON101 5 years ago

I WILL TRY TO DO THIS UT IN DIFFERENT POSTURE


counter phoenix 5 years ago

this dragon is so f**king easy


larry 5 years ago

it was amazing


anna 5 years ago

work on it but i like it


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waynet 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Your welcome!


mikaela  5 years ago

thanks


??? 5 years ago

awesome!i just can't copy it!:-( im too young...X-(


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers!


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MarieChristine 6 years ago from USA

Awesome !!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks guys.....This was certainly a fun drawing tutorial!


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MKayo 6 years ago from Texas

Very simply and clearly explained. Shows that the drawing process is possible for anyone. Great stuff.


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Thunder Vixen 6 years ago from The Heart of California

I always have trouble with the feet :(


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dutchman1951 6 years ago from Tennessee, USA

excellent, I am trying this in hard pastels, so far so good!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Cags!

Working on more as and when they materialize!!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Wayne, Dragons have always been a favorite. Not that I could draw them, just because they are so cool looking to begin with. Awesome stuff. Great work! :) :D


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cool cheers now Shalini!

Drawing is just ace!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Wow Wayne - you might just make artists of the even unartistic types like me!!! Great stuff!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers LEA!

I'd like to update it with a color drawing, maybe using Photoshop and give it some great effects....could be another hubpage though....


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lakeerieartists 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I love this one, Wayne. The finished drawing is really cool. Now you need to fill it in with color and show it to us. ;)


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now!

I've got 8 more in the works, just need to finish a few more drawings off first and then I'll start to publish them.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

Wow! How cool is the 4 part drawing seminar! Your dragon is really, really good Wayne! Outstanding work.

K9

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