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Draw A Dragon - Ideas For Drawing Fantasy Dragons

Updated on June 19, 2012

Drawing Dragon Ideas

When deciding to draw Dragons there are some great books on the subject to read and reference. How to draw and paint Dragons is an excellent book that I reviewed and it gives practical examples on many different ways to draw Dragons. Here though we will look at drawing the many different body parts of the Dragon such as the head, the wings, the claws and then we will get back to finishing off the Dragon drawing above by inking and coloring it.


Draw A Dragons Head Step By Step

The pictures below follow the process of drawing a Dragons head step by step and it's one possible variation on a classic Dragon head design you could attempt. Drawing the Dragons head is similar to a Horse or a Dog as the head has a long top and bottom piece of the skull that represents the jaws and the nose area of the Dragon. When starting to draw a head design for a Dragon really break down the drawing into simple shapes if it helps. This gives you something to build upon.

Each separate drawing below is a snapshot of my own sketching process and you could either use these drawings as inspiration for drawing your own Dragon head or follow along and draw this with me.

How To Draw A Dragons Head

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Draw a basic oval as a guiding shape for the head.Draw two guiding lines for the mouth.Start to sketch the top of the head and mouth.Sketching in the bottom jaw.Defining the top head shape.
Draw a basic oval as a guiding shape for the head.
Draw a basic oval as a guiding shape for the head.
Draw two guiding lines for the mouth.
Draw two guiding lines for the mouth.
Start to sketch the top of the head and mouth.
Start to sketch the top of the head and mouth.
Sketching in the bottom jaw.
Sketching in the bottom jaw.
Defining the top head shape.
Defining the top head shape.

Dragon Inking Process Video

When it came to the inking process it is best to apply the ink to your pencil drawing like you are adding another layer that is going to improve the Dragon drawing. A good ink pen is essential for this stage of the drawing and I use a range of different pens from the cheapest range of black gel ink pens that have no make or brand name to the Pilot uni-ball ink pens which are great for a lot of the fine ink line work. Additionally a range of Sharpie art markers are also useful for drawing bold ink designs. You should experiment with different ink pens for better results.

As a side thought and a good tip for inking try and not fill in the shaded areas with pencil in the drawing stage as it often clogs the ink pens when you try to layer in the ink. Sharpie markers are usually ok with going over pencil, but gel ink pens usually clog due to the wax like covering of the graphite pencil work.

Inking the Dragon scales and details can be refined heavily at this point and also deciding on adding extra details is the time to do it right now.

Drawing Your Dragon Idea - Inking

Dragon Coloring Tutorial Video

Crayola Twistable color pencils are the choice of pencils to color in this particular Dragon design and laying in the Red color down first is great if you decide to do fire Dragon colors and then adding the Orange together with the red helps to soften both colors and begins the blending process and that is finalized by pressing hard with the yellow to color in some much needed highlights which really brings the Dragon scales on the skin out and blends it well.

Try coloring with Crayola Twistables or the original colored pencils which might be good if you decide to color the individual Dragon scales because y6ou can color it your way or this way, but my way saves time in the coloring process.

Coloring The Dragon Idea

How To Draw A Dragons Arm Step By Step

Drawing a Dragons arm now requires just as much attention as the other Dragon body parts and here I have created a step by step picture guide to help you draw a Dragons arm with claw hand. Again you can draw Dragon arms many different ways, but this way helps you get used to drawing one and can form the basis of drawing many different variations of Dragon arm in the future.

Typically, a Dragons arm is usually smaller than say the legs, but then often they can be similar in size, so try and draw some ideas down on paper and get to grips with Dragon anatomy.

Draw A Dragons Arm

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A basic two line sketch represents the arm.Sketch in the joints to build up the arm.Start to draw the outside of the arm - bicep and tricep.Drawing the fore arm and the elbow.Simple lines are drawn for the claw fingers.Sketching in the other lines for all the finger joints.Drawing the outline of the fingers/claws.Start to work out the scale like skin on the arm.Add more Dragon scales.Continue with the Scales all over the arm.Until you reach the fingers.Draw the claws at the tips of the fingers.Sketching in the knuckle details and done.
A basic two line sketch represents the arm.
A basic two line sketch represents the arm.
Sketch in the joints to build up the arm.
Sketch in the joints to build up the arm.
Start to draw the outside of the arm - bicep and tricep.
Start to draw the outside of the arm - bicep and tricep.
Drawing the fore arm and the elbow.
Drawing the fore arm and the elbow.
Simple lines are drawn for the claw fingers.
Simple lines are drawn for the claw fingers.
Sketching in the other lines for all the finger joints.
Sketching in the other lines for all the finger joints.
Drawing the outline of the fingers/claws.
Drawing the outline of the fingers/claws.
Start to work out the scale like skin on the arm.
Start to work out the scale like skin on the arm.
Add more Dragon scales.
Add more Dragon scales.
Continue with the Scales all over the arm.
Continue with the Scales all over the arm.
Until you reach the fingers.
Until you reach the fingers.
Draw the claws at the tips of the fingers.
Draw the claws at the tips of the fingers.
Sketching in the knuckle details and done.
Sketching in the knuckle details and done.

How To Draw A dragons Tail

A very quick step by step drawing guide on drawing a Dragons tail. Again one of many designs you can try out for a Dragons tail. This one is simple to draw however and remember that Dragon scales can be drawn in many different ways too with added spikes and horns on the tail if you wish. Let your imagination run free!


Quick Draw Dragons Tail

Draw an S shape much like a slithering snake.
Draw an S shape much like a slithering snake.
Then join up the lines to create an outline with a thin and opposing fat end of the tail.
Then join up the lines to create an outline with a thin and opposing fat end of the tail.
Draw the underside of the scaly design.
Draw the underside of the scaly design.
Start with larger Dragon scales at the fatter end of the tail.
Start with larger Dragon scales at the fatter end of the tail.
Then draw smaller scales at the thinner end.
Then draw smaller scales at the thinner end.
Medium sized scales drawn in the middle of the tail completes the simple design.
Medium sized scales drawn in the middle of the tail completes the simple design.

How To Draw A Dragons Wing

Draw a Dragons wing step by step and see the two drawing videos to get a good idea of drawing this quite difficult part of a Dragon. The Demon wing drawing video is still relevant as it is a color drawing and can be used for some inspirational Dragon drawing.

Draw A Dragons Wing Step By Step

Draw a line for the top of the wing.
Draw a line for the top of the wing.
And a line for the bottom of the wing.
And a line for the bottom of the wing.
Sketch the outline of the wing and create a sort of bone structure.
Sketch the outline of the wing and create a sort of bone structure.
Draw lines all meeting within the wing like folds
Draw lines all meeting within the wing like folds
Draw some shadows underneath to create some form and shape.
Draw some shadows underneath to create some form and shape.
And sketch more on the top portion of the wing.
And sketch more on the top portion of the wing.
Draw some detailed wrinkles and stuff.
Draw some detailed wrinkles and stuff.
Finish the end of the wing with small arched lines and detailed wrinkles on the wing.
Finish the end of the wing with small arched lines and detailed wrinkles on the wing.

Drawing A Dragons Wing Idea

Drawing A Demonic Dragon Wing

Drawing Dragon Ideas

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    • travel_man1971 profile image

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      An A-1 tutorial! I'm a fan. :)

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      flashmakeit 

      5 years ago from usa

      Very useful and detailed dragon drawing tutorial.

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      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thank you.

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      KrisL 

      6 years ago from S. Florida

      This is fantastic . . . a real inspiration to pick up my pencils. I used to draw celtic knotwork a fair lot.

      Voted up, shared, and following you now.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      cheers now!

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      What a fun hub. You make it look so easy. I am very jealous of your talents.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thank you! It's good to draw!

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      My SciFi Life 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow ... that's really amazing. Awesome job and really cool ... will definitely try and draw my own as I know my kids would love it.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now! There'll be more!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      And thank you too!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Over the top. Voted awesome. Thanks!

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      Natasha 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow! What a great tutorial! Thank you. Voted useful!

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