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Uploaded: April 11, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: April 11, 2008
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Lastly, today at DragoArt.Com you will be learning how to draw a Shade Dragon. What is a Shade Dragon? And why is it called a Shade Dragon? Well, to put it very simply, these dragons get their name from the large unique edgy structures on their backs. These act as the dragons wings. Shade dragons get their flight magic from a fiery gland that sits beneath the hard skin of the back of the structures. Unfortunately, Shade Dragons are limited to flight because they weigh so much. Because of this they have to charge their wing glands and this particular process takes a long while to complete. Fortunately though, they can fly for a full 12 hours before they need to regenerate their flight gland. The Shade Dragon has an average flight speed of 65 miles per hour. They reside in habitats that contain mountains, open plains, forest, and large woodlands. Unlike most dragons, these beasts are friendly and mellow. They are also helpful with directions and use their magic abilities when some one is in danger. A Shade Dragon also uses its magic to become invisible to the human eye to hide them when they don’t want to be bothered. They are very intelligent and gifted dragons with a high I.Q. It is also said that they are the most magical out of all dragons. These animals can grow up to 12 feet tall and 29 feet long from head to tail. They also have a long lifespan living up to 500 years which is a common age in almost all dragons. A Shade Dragon come in an assortment of colors as you can imagine by the drawing you see here. This defines their personality and skill level. The one we drew today is the blue Shade Dragon with red markings, as with all colored dragons the brighter the color the younger the dragon. Black Shade Dragons are considered loners or outcast. These types of dragons only use their magic for evil and to get what they want. Their uniquely shaped jaw structure makes these Shade Dragons all the more popular and sought after by poachers, almost like the ivory from elephant tusk. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw a Shade Dragon step by step with detailed instructions. After you are done with the sketch you can choose your own colors to use to fill him/her in. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on one of my favorited creations.

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how to draw a shade dragon

How to Draw a Shade Dragon

how to draw a shade dragon step 1

STEP 1.

Start this first step by drawing out the guidelines and circle shapes. Start by drawing a circle for the head and two larger circles for the mid torso and butt end. Next draw out all the guidelines shown above. this may seem a bit weird right now but it will all come together in the steps to follow.
 
how to draw a shade dragon step 2

STEP 2.

In this step you will be drawing out and detailing the face and head. Draw out the eye and the spiky frill looking bones that surround his head. Now what you will do is draw out the stone looking wings that resemble a mountain. Starting under the chin draw a rouged looking line for neck of the dragon. Also sketch out the tail and parts of the hind legs and foot.
 
how to draw a shade dragon step 3

STEP 3.

this is the step where th Shade dragon takes form. What you want to do here is draw out the oddly shaped jaw as shown above. Continue along the back of the head and draw the back of the neck all the way down the spine. Spike up the tail on the end and draw the front legs and toes. Detail and define the dragons body as you go along adding wrinkles and lining.
 
how to draw a shade dragon step 4

STEP 4.

You will continue to detail and define the sketch as you can see. But first erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step 1. All the markings in red need to be sketched out. Detail the neck and mid part of the body until you complete the detailing along the body. Now for the plated wings you are going to be sketching in the markings and finish shaping the stone looking wings. After you are done move down to the last step.
 
how to draw a shade dragon step 5

STEP 5.

This is what your sketch should look like when you are done. After intense sketching and shading you will be completely done. All you need to do is color the shade dragon in. This is the end of this tutorial on how to draw a shade dragon. I hope you liked what you learned today I will see you another day.