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Uploaded: February 29, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: March 1, 2008
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Today’s tutorial will be on how to draw a traditional Chinese dragon head. There is a lot of information that I already talked about on the Chinese dragon, so it is going to be hard to figure out what to say and talk about. I think I will talk a little about the dragon head and a lot about how I color and what tools I use to create the colorful backgrounds for all the tutorials I submit. Let me talk first on how I use Adobe Photoshop CS to draw and color. First off I never do anything without sketching it out first. A lot of the work I submit here is already drawn out, what I usually do, is take the images I previously sketched in the past and scan it into my comp. Then from there I open my Photoshop program and import the image from the scanner, after that is done I get out my drawing tablet which I use in all my tutorials. After that I create a few extra layers to prepare the sketch to get redrawn. You always have to make layers whenever you’re gonna replicate an image that has been drawn out on paper, this allows you to go back and erase any lines that you mess up on, because sometimes it gets pretty hard to draw out straight or long lines. This usually happens to me when I draw a car, gun, or plane, basically anything that has a bunch of line art. It typically takes me three hours to finish a drawing in Photoshop, sometimes if the image is really detailed it can take me up to five hours to complete, and that just the drawing aspect of the whole do over. Once the drawing is complete I use several tools that the program provides for special effects and color overlays. To use these different tools just select the paint brush tool on your tool bar. Than go up to the area where you select the tip size of the brush you want to use and click on the arrow in the far right corner of little window that pops up. Once you click on the arrow a big drop down list will contain a bunch of different types of brushes for you to choose from. That is how I am able to give such eye catching effects behind the image, and that ends the topic of discussion on my drawing technique. As for the Chinese dragon head, well there is really nothing left to say except, I wanted to draw just the face of a typical Chinese dragon to show some of the cool features they have. So with that said I hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to draw a traditional Chinese dragon head. The instructions are always easy to follow and read, until next time folks.

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How to Draw a Chinese Dragon Head

how to draw a chinese dragon head step 1

STEP 1.

Step one is always easy and simple. What you are going to do is draw out the guidelines and circle shapes to help you through the whole drawing and sketching process. Draw a big oblong circle shape for the head. Then draw another circle in the shape of a sideways egg fro the frame of the snout. After that draw in two pointed shapes on top of the head for the ears and the the lining for the twig looking horns. Draw a thick wavy shape for the frame work of the beard, and draw in the left over shapes that reside in the face.
 
how to draw a chinese dragon head step 2

STEP 2.

In this step detail the horns a whole lot better by actually shaping them. After that you can detail and add definition to the face by drawing out the mouth nostril holes, eyes, and the shaping and definition on the face. After you complete this step you know what to do right? Of course move to the next step which would be step 3.
 
how to draw a chinese dragon head step 3

STEP 3.

Okay in this step what you have to do is sketch out the sharp pointy looking teeth. The two teeth at the top, you know the big fangs, well they have to be curved outward away from the mouth. After you sketch all those teeth in draw the mustache that appears to be flying out of his nose. Then sketch in the wrinkles that lay right on top of his snout. The traditional Chinese dragon head always has a thick set of whiskers that are usually attached to the top of the nose tip. Detail the face a bit more and move down to step 4.
 
how to draw a chinese dragon head step 4

STEP 4.

And finally this step will show you how to position the hair that is all over the Chinese dragon head. Draw in two little dots for the pupils, and sketch in all the hair detailing in the beard, mustache, and head. This will take you a few minutes to complete but it is awesome looking when it is done. After you complete the detailing on the Chinese dragon head you can erase all the guidelines and circle shapes that you drew back in step 1.
 
how to draw a chinese dragon head step 5

STEP 5.

And this is what your finished dragon head should look like when you are done. See now was that so hard? Well of course it wasn't. The only thing left to do is color him in and add your own special flavor. That concludes this tutorial on how to draw a tradition Chinese dragon head.