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Uploaded: January 1, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 17
Updated: January 1, 2013
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I am now an official DragoArt artist! I get to draw a dragon. When I saw this World of Warcraft Dragon with its scary jaw and talons, I knew this was the one. The line drawing is intermediate, but the finished shaded drawing is advanced. You can stop at the line drawing or go on to the difficulty stage of shading those scales! Let me know what you think of this tut by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It"! Peace n love to ya!

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how to sketch a realistic dragon

How to Sketch a Realistic Dragon

how to sketch a realistic dragon step 1

STEP 1.

With a No. 2 pencil sketch the circles and lines.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 2

STEP 2.

Begin by drawing the dragon's small horns, eye, and part of his snout with nostrils.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 3

STEP 3.

Now draw in the teeth and lower jaw.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 4

STEP 4.

Keep a close eye on how the lined drawing relates to the guidelines. Sketch in the wing.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 5

STEP 5.

Add the arm, talons, and part of the hill.
 
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STEP 6.

Sketch in this fun part, its throat and spiked fins.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 7

STEP 7.

Now add the armor-looking back.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 8

STEP 8.

Now add the dragon's large wing.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 9

STEP 9.

Follow through on the crustacean-looking shoulder.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 10

STEP 10.

Sketch in the arm with its huge spikes and the claws.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 11

STEP 11.

Now draw in the portion of his rear legs with talons.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 12

STEP 12.

You're almost finished. Now draw in the dragon's tail and its armor backing.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 13

STEP 13.

I made this line drawing especially for you. If you want you can either color it in or shade it. Next step has different types of pencils you can use.
 
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STEP 14.

I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.
 
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STEP 15.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
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STEP 16.

1) I used medium to dark gray pastels for great area cover. 2) I used my blending stump and tissue to get a smooth even texture of the pastel. Added some veins and scales with my kneaded eraser. 3) In my Adobe Photo-editing program, I added more highlights for scales and darkened the shadows, his wings, spikes, and horns. 4) I added more white highlights. Then layered in some clouds and a mountain peak.
 
how to sketch a realistic dragon step 17

STEP 17.

Here is the final product. I lightened the outline, added more highlights and blurred them. I am closing out now. But you all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*