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Uploaded: October 25, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: October 25, 2008
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So I hope you all liked my last tutorial on my fairy tattoo she came out sweet right? After I drew her I was thinking, there is a lot of people out there that have tattoos of dragons. So I decided to do a tutorial on how to draw a dragon tattoo step by step. This is the one thing that I can say I really like about tattoo art; you can play with pictures and characters all you want until they look ultra cool. The dragon tattoo that I am going to give you a lesson on is really cool and traditional looking in a lot of ways. The body resembles a Chinese dragon and the head resembles a more typical dragon that you are use to seeing in movies or video games. Like I mentioned in many tutorials in the past, when I started drawing, my art addiction was dragons and fantasy like concept art but mainly dragons. There are so many different looking dragons that I drew in my drawing portfolio. So many in fact, it is hard to keep track on what I have. I will sometimes have to go threw my folder full of sketched art that I have done over time just to remember what I drew in the past. The funny thing is, when you look at your old drawing, it is so easy to pick out all the faults in the pictures. Like I am able to tell what looks good and what doesn’t, what lines need to be fixed and which ones are fine. I mean it is really cool to see how much you have progressed over time. Even here on DragoArt, I go back and look at some of my early work and I’m like “did I draw that?”, it’s pretty strange. Anyway I must have said all I can say about the different types of dragons I submitted. With this tutorial I wanted to draw you a cool looking dragon tattoo that I myself would put on my body (if I was ever in the market for getting a tattoo that is). The colors are vibrant and well coordinated. This drawing lesson will show you how to draw a dragon tattoo step by step. I hope you have fun with this one I will be back tomorrow or later today with more drawing fun so stick around gang.

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How to Draw a Dragon Tattoo

how to draw a dragon tattoo step 1

STEP 1.

Well you are about to start your first step of this drawing lesson and I hope you are prepared to have some fun. You will start by drawing a small circle for the head and then the shapes of his snout as seen. Add the facial guidelines and then draw a total of three more small circles for the chest, groin, and foot. You will then attach the body and limb guidelines to the shapes you just drew.
 
how to draw a dragon tattoo step 2

STEP 2.

Okay now in this step you will start sketching out the shape of the mouth and the snout as shown. Next draw the eye and two long lines for the horns. Start adding some thickness to the body by adding a stomach and tail line and then you will start sketching in the feet and claws. Once you are done you can then add some detailing to the arm and thigh or knee.
 
how to draw a dragon tattoo step 3

STEP 3.

Well you are on step three and I know you know what that means right? Yes, you are already almost done. What you will be doing here is first sketch out the face of the dragon by sketching his nostril, eye and the shape of his head along with the hair around his face. You will then thicken the horns as seen here and draw out the neck lining as well. Add the shapes of the dragons arms and hands, as well as his legs and tail. When you draw out the bottom part of the leg, make sure you add the hair.
 
how to draw a dragon tattoo step 4

STEP 4.

Well you are on step four and you know what? Step four is pretty easy. All you will do is sketch out the bushy beard and then detail and define the face and add his pointed tongue. You will then work on his claws and back hair behind the neck as well as add some detailing to the body. Next sketch in his bushy tail and then add the shapes of his legs.
 
how to draw a dragon tattoo step 5

STEP 5.

You will just add some definition and detail to the bushy looking beard and back hair. Next start adding all his razor sharp teeth and detail his snout. You will then start sketching out the hands or claws a whole lot better as well as detail the body and feet. Once you do that you can take this step and move onto step six.
 
how to draw a dragon tattoo step 6

STEP 6.

Yes! You have reached your last drawing step and all you have to do is add the belly lines which are vertical. You will detail the horns and then sketch out the rest of the tail hair as seen. Once that is complete you can go ahead and start erasing all the guidelines and shapes you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a dragon tattoo step 7

STEP 7.

And here is what your dragon tattoo should look like when you are done. Neat right? Just add some color of your choice and you have just completed this tutorial on how to draw a dragon tattoo step by step. I hope you have learned something new with this lesson, I will be back with more so stay tuned folks.