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Uploaded: November 13, 2013
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: November 16, 2013
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This lesson has been sitting in the tutorial folder for a while because I was contemplating back and forth trying to make a decision to color the image, or leave the image as a rough sketch look concept. In the end I went with the rough concept sketched image because I don't think I've done that before. Anyways, as you can see this lesson is on "how to draw a dragon rider", step by step. The dragon rider is a female and the reason why I use a lot of girls in my lessons, is because I myself am a girl. This is how I used to see myself when I was a kid and yes, I was a very imaginative child. All the fantasy books and pictures I used to read and look at set my mind off on these adventures that almost never ended. I had so much fun with this sketch/drawing and I look forward to making more awesome lessons like this one in the near future. Anyways, have fun with drawing a dragon rider, and remember that this lesson is not going to be that easy you will end up spending some time on it. I say this because I just want to prepare you novice artists out there to take your time and try not to get frustrated as I used to when I wanted to draw images like the one you see here. So go ahead and have a blast, as you know drawing dragons always is. Peace out amigos.

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How to Draw a Dragon Rider

how to draw a dragon rider step 1

STEP 1.

You will take your time as you draw out the guide shapes, and guidelines for both the dragon and the rider. The wing span is very wide and bold, but the rider is very small. I wanted to show how massive the dragon was by drawing the rider small.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 2

STEP 2.

Begin the first step by drawing out the head of the dragon as well as the face and neck. As you can see the neck is pointed scaled style neck.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 3

STEP 3.

Now you will begin drawing the rider. Start with her small head, sketch out the small body, then draw the shape of her legs. You will also draw the long wavy ponytail, and then draw in the cloth from her clothing. Also, you will need to draw the reigns that she is holding on to as well as the harness she is sitting on.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 4

STEP 4.

For this fourth step, you will be tackling the shape of the body. Start with the chest, back and arm. You will define the shape of the body under the wing arm and along the back. Once that is done you can add V lined scaled on the stomach and chest of the dragon.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 5

STEP 5.

You will simply draw out the muscular bump to create the shoulder for your massive dragon. As with the head and neck, the shoulder is also made up of those layered pointed scales instead of the typical rounded scales you normally see on dragons. Add definition to the arm and shoulder, then proceed to step six.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 6

STEP 6.

Here you will begin the drawing process for the large massive wing. Start with the thumb and then draw the long bones that act as fingers for the wings. Draw that old ripped lining for your dragon, I did the wings in this style because I wanted to show that the dragon is aged or an older dragon. Add the dimpling and detailing between the finger sections for the wings.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 7

STEP 7.

In this step you will sketch out the rest of the dragon's body. Start with the back end, pelvic area and tail. Sketch out the strong muscular legs and talons or feet. Add detailing to the thighs, and then draw in the rest of the pointed scales. The tip of the tail is an arrow tip.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 8

STEP 8.

For the last step all you have to do is sketch in the other dragon wing and add all of the detailing and definition needed to complete the dragon rider. Once you are happy with the results, you can begin erasing all the mistakes.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 9

STEP 9.

Here is how the dragon looks when done. As you can see this is the shaded image from the tutorial. I hope you had fun with drawing a dragon rider.