How to draw a dragon

How to draw a dragon

How to draw a dragon. This guide is dedicated to all lovers of the fantasy world and those who would like to try to draw a fantastic creature for the first time. This article will show you how to draw a dragon using just a pencil. In recent months, on these pages, we have indulged in illustrated guides to draw the most diverse animals, from dogs to horses, passing through rabbits, lions, and squirrels. But you know, the designer’s imagination often goes beyond the real world, coming to sketch creatures that, in reality, have never walked the earth, nor have they ever fluttered over our heads. And the desire to draw these fantastic creatures multiplies when they become the protagonists of successful novels and television series to enter our daily lives.

So here, to satisfy your desire for art – as you may have already imagined starting from the books and films mentioned – today we will see how to draw a dragon. First, it must say that the dragon, over the centuries, has been represented in the most different ways: the dragon of the Argonauts, in the 3rd century BC, is different from that of many other Greek myths, just as the dragon present in the ‘Apocalypse of Saint John the Apostle, red, with 7 heads and 10 horns. Sometimes it is a symbol of evil, other times of avarice, different times of luck. In short, there are many different ways to draw a dragon: today, here, we will try to give you the right tools and advice to draw any dragon you have in mind!

The drawing accessories needed to draw a dragon

You don’t need magic potions or spells to recreate a dragon at home – you need the right drawing tools. Therefore, first, you will need drawing pencils, at least two, even better, and three. Second, you will need a hard pencil, such as a 2H or a 3H, to draw the dragon’s contours and sketch its figure (assuming that the hard graphite drawing pencils allow you to draw thin, light, and easy to erase marks. Third, you will have to add one or two softer pencils to the hard pencil for the actual drawing and work in chiaroscuro. Finally, tires cannot be missing—specifically, a white rubber to erase errors and guidelines and a gum pane to clean the sheet.

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You will then need the drawing sheet, or instead, the drawing sheets. So, first, you will need a sketch pad for your preparatory sketches, and then you will need a sketchbook with superior quality paper to make the final drawing of your dragon. But, eye, that’s not all: there are still a few things missing. You will also need a sharpener to sharpen your pencil and possibly a block of sandpaper to perfect the tip. Finally, don’t forget the fixative spray to create a timeless work truly!

Drawing fantastic beasts: where to start

No, you cannot leave the house hoping to meet a dragon circling in the garden or the woods. Unfortunately, but also, fortunately. So how to draw an animal that does not exist realistically? Well, as always, the secret is not to start from the finished drawing, but rather to make sketches of the individual parts of the animal and from different points of view: let’s start making some sketches of the head, some graphics of the claws, some drawings of the wings.

The problem, however, is that no one has ever seen a dragon’s wings or snout. So the options, in this case, are two: either to refer to something existing and very similar or to create a portrait starting from the mixture of natural elements but in many different ways. In the first case, to draw a dragon, we will go and see which are the existing animals most similar to the dragon we have in our head: we will therefore think of alligators and snakes, but also and above all of Komodo monitor lizards, bearded dragons (Pogona) and to the small but fascinating flying dragons.

The proportions of the dragon: the muzzle

It would help if you had already understood that drawing a fantastic animal does not justify not following any proportions. On the contrary, therefore, to draw the face of a dragon, you can use the ratios typically used to portray a human look, primarily since dragons have been narrated as extremely intelligent and talking animals, and therefore in many ways. Similar to man.

You know the ‘how to draw a face’ guide published a few weeks ago? Well, there we were, telling you to draw a circle and divide it in half both vertically and horizontally, draw the eyes on the midline, then further divide the lower half in half to position the nose, and again to position the lower lip. And so on.

The wings of the dragon

Before continuing with the step-by-step guide for drawing a dragon, let’s quickly see how to draw a dragon’s wings. Here, of course, there is a certain freedom in moving: they could be the same as those of a bat, utterly similar to those of a flying dragon, or more elaborate. Well, if you want to follow this third way, you can mediate between the design of a pair of arms, the wings of a bat, and those of an eagle. Bringing the human arms closer to your dragon’s wings will help you understand how to draw them in any situation, assuming that these can be wide open – like an arm raised, with the fingers open and far from each other – or the opposite at rest – like a bent arm with fingers together and slightly bent.

How to draw an easy dragon step by step

Well, let’s begin to understand how to draw a dragon: let’s try to draw a dragon in an upright position, with its wings wide open and with a curious look. Let’s start by tracing the outlines with simple lines: the torso will be shaped like a pear – better, a drop – the neck will be a long curved cylinder, the legs will be made up of two sausages each, as well as the very short arms. Recalling what we saw earlier, the muzzle can be stylized as a sphere that extends along a truncated cone. Outlining the wings will not be difficult: it will be enough to decide how many ‘fingers’ must be present.

At this point, you will have to proceed by harmonizing the lines and adding details, element by element. We will start from the face, adding the eyes to the sides, the two small horns, the nostrils, and two pointed teeth. We will then move on to the legs, which will have to be turned, outlining muscles and joints. Finally, the body will enrich with relatively regular lines to indicate the reptilian nature, while the wings can be made more ‘aggressive’ with tiny claws at the ends.

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