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Uploaded: December 28, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: December 29, 2009
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I can see that Neytiri is holding the number one sport pretty strong which means James Cameron's AVATAR has become a bit hit in the theaters. I thought it would be cool to draw and submit a lesson that will teach you "how to draw a Leonopteryx, step by step”. They are known as the “Great Leonopteryx” in their home-world of Pandora. The Na'vi name for them is “Toruk” and that is not to be confused with "Turok" the video game. These majestic animals are a noble species that the Na'vi race hold sacred to their culture. Na'vi's will often hold ceremonies where they are celebrated in dance, and the Na'vi also made totems of these incredible creatures that roam the skies of Pandora. Toruk are both feared and respected, which means not only do the Na'vi hold the Leonopteryx close to their culture, they also have to respect the fact that they are creatures that can be very dangerous if not handled correctly. These are the dragon like beings that you see the Na'vi, and Neytiri ride when they are in battle with the humans. Their design and make up almost resembles a dragon mixed with that of a dinosaur like the pterodactyl. The Leonopteryx have yellow and black hydes and are striped with flame like designs. On the top of their heads, and under their lower jaws, they have a dark blue colored crest. The crest on their heads are considered to be razor sharp, which makes them even more dangerous when it comes to taking down prey. The reason why they remind me of dragons is because of their heads. They hold such a close resemblance to a dragon, that learning "how to draw a Toruk, step by step" should be extremely fun and even a bit easy to do. In the movie you know that not every Na'vi is able to ride a Leonopteryx. The ones that are, are called “Riders”. There are only six Na'vi warriors that bonded and ride a Great Leonopteryx, and this includes “Jake Sully”. When you are able to bond, and ride with a Leonopteryx, you are given the name “Toruk Makto” which means “rider of the last shadow”. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm sure it's going to be incredibly awesome. The only reason why I know some information about this creature is because I read up on them when I became a huge fan of the "AVATAR creatures". I think they are wicked cool, and I just know you guys will like this tutorial on “how to draw a Leonopteryx, step by step”. I will be back later with more drawing fun so stay tuned in to see what pops up next. Peace out guys and happy drawing!

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how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar

How to Draw a Leonopteryx from AVATAR

how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 1

STEP 1.

Start by drawing the basic guidelines and shapes to form a nice workable frame for your Leonopteryx that you are going to be drawing. First draw a small circle for the head and then draw the shapes of the two crests on the top and bottom of the head. You will then draw the shape of the Leonopteryx's neck, as well as draw out another circle shape for the mid-section of the body. Lastly, draw the outlined shapes for the wings of this fierce looking majestic creature.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 2

STEP 2.

Drawing a Leonopteryx head or face is going to be a little complex. First I suggest that you enlarge this, and all the steps of the tutorial just so you can see them at close range. Sketch out the actual lining shape of the crest, and then continue to draw that same lining for the head, and screaming mouth. Next draw the shape of the bottom jaw which also includes the crest.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 3

STEP 3.

You will now start sketching in the Leonopteryx's sharp teeth for the upper and lower jaws. When that is done draw the shape of the tongue and then sketch out the shape of the neck in full detail. You will also add some detailing and defining lines to add more realism to the hydes of these great AVATAR creatures.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 4

STEP 4.

You will now add more detailing to the head and face of the Leonopteryx. When that is complete you can then draw another wispy frill on top of it's head, and then start sketching out the actual shape of the Leonopteryx's wings. Once you are done sketch in some detailing to the stretched jaw tissue that is extended when they have their mouths open.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 5

STEP 5.

Continue to sketch out the other wing and then start sketching out the shape of the tail, and hidden foot. Once that is done, you can add some detailing to the body and the Leonopteryx wings.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 6

STEP 6.

Well, you are almost done with this tutorial and as you can see all you have to do here is draw the shape of the bold crested chest of the Leonopteryx. Once that is drawn out in detail, you can go ahead and draw the under belly of the beast, and add more lining detail to the wing. Now you can start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to prepare your Leonopteryx for it's stripes.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 7

STEP 7.

For your last drawing step you will take your time and draw every single flame like strip that the Leonopteryx have on their bodies. Once that is done you have finished this tutorial. Move to the last step to see what your drawing should look like when you are done.
 
how to draw a leonopteryx from avatar step 8

STEP 8.

You have now come to the line art step of this tutorial on "how to draw a Leonopteryx, step by step". Color in the beast using a red, yellow and blue crayon, paint, colored pencil, marker, or any other coloring utensil you have. I hope you had a blast with this lesson, be sure to join me again.