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Uploaded: March 16, 2012
Artist: Dragonvoid
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: March 17, 2012
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So this is about how to draw the Oriental dragon. (Oriental meaning 'pertaining to the far east') They are long, have beautiful manes, whiskers, are associated with water, and despite not having wings are able to fly. My bet is on magnetism, after all what in the world is more magical then that? besides the world is surrounded by a magnetic field why not use it? They are by far the largest Dragon species, being the longest by far I assume that they would also grow A little faster then the others as they got older. In flight I would have to imagine them Like the dragon in The 'Dragon wars' if you havn't seen the moive, don't worry you didn't miss much but Youtube that fight at the end it was the greatest part in the whole thing and the dragon was so cool! It moves through the air like water and really what is air but water? all the states of matter are really like one another just different if you catch my meaning. Hey at least we don't have to draw wings now!;) Criticism is Welcome!

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How to Draw Oriental Dragons

how to draw oriental dragons step 1

STEP 1.

So an Oriental, no wings, and four legs. This dragon is great to draw because of its unique line of motion, because it is generally so long you can almost draw a continious line going anywhere and will be able to place a dragon on top of it.
 
how to draw oriental dragons step 2

STEP 2.

Orientals have changed from ancient history, Once they were more 'traditional', Thick wide head, Whiskers, antlers, that sort of thing but now, it seems that whether you change the head to make it more sleek or not it still retains its identity. (Other dragons have changed as well i.e the use of fur for Occidentals.) Some people like to draw it traditionally, and some people don't either way it doesn't matter. I should mention that Orientals also may have this Brow/horn/whister thing that comes out of their brow, like the head to the bottom right and that I gave them all ears though i do not know if ears are on the traditional dragon.
 
how to draw oriental dragons step 3

STEP 3.

Anyway, Back and front legs will remain the same for Occidentals Yay! You should plan for these appendages as it will be hard to just add them, especially if you already added a good deal of detail.
 
how to draw oriental dragons step 4

STEP 4.

Claws and scales and everything else, the cool, fun stuff. Anyway just a side note most of these dragons use a simple body plate. Also I added fur. I do the simple one more simply because it is simple but if you can pull off the wavy more power to you, or better yet, realistic :). I didn't think to add whiskers; they are either basically lines coming off of the face, or a more full 'tail' like appendage, see the heads in step 2.
 
how to draw oriental dragons step 5

STEP 5.

So start with your line of motion then decide where to place your head, chest, and hip. Or start with the head.
 
how to draw oriental dragons step 6

STEP 6.

Now add, lightly, some basic detail like where the fur will be. it might be smarter to place a shape there as a place holder for the fur until later but I added it right away. Make sure you place where you want the other appendages before you start adding too complex of detail.
 
how to draw oriental dragons step 7

STEP 7.

And now you finish off your Oriental with the details!