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Uploaded: February 27, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: February 28, 2008
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Greetings tutorial seeker, today we will be learning how to draw the traditional Chinese dragon. What is a traditional Chinese dragon? It is a long serpentine beast that has more animal/humanoid features then dragon features. They are completely different to those of the western dragons. A Chinese dragon is a benevolent creature of beauty and elegancy. They have powers to only support beings that share the world with them. The traditional Chinese dragon was first developed in china. However, the Koreans claim that they developed these dragons. In reality, the Chinese have created the Chinese dragons and passed down the legend to the Koreans and the Japanese. Though the Japanese made their own category of dragons called the Japanese dragons. Japanese dragons are skinnier, have no mane, and fly less then the Chinese dragons and Korean dragons. What all three types of these beasts have in common is their serpentine figurine, deer horned reptilian head, and four to five claws on each foot and hand. All these dragons are friendly and are guardians of the clouds, sea, weather, fire, and earth. The most powerful Chinese dragon of all is the horned dragon. They are completely deaf and produce rain. The Chinese say that the head of the horned dragon points south and the tail points north. So how did these creatures fly? They flied by magic. This is what Chinese folklore had said. Another way these dragons could fly was by a magical pearl that would cling to the beast. All in all, these glorious creatures are the friendliest beasts mankind will ever discover. How do you tell the difference between a female and male Chinese dragon? Male Chinese dragons are larger and have bigger horns than the females. They also have bushier and longer manes then the females. Now female Chinese dragons have more scales, skinnier, rounder, smaller horns, and shinier nicer manes. Now that I’ve told you all about these incredible beasts, I will tell you how I drew this dragon. The Chinese dragon we will be drawing today is the horned dragon. I first sketched it out on lined paper. Then I made extra touchups on photoshop. All the coloring was done on this program too. Overall the image took me three hours to complete. So I hope this tutorial is helpful! Enjoy!

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Step 4. How to Draw a Traditional Chinese Dragon