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Uploaded: May 8, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: May 8, 2008
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This is going to be a very cool tutorial on a very cool dragon I drew yesterday. I started drawing this dragon at 12 noon and didn’t finish until 1am. So much detail and passion went behind the sketching of this dragon that I call the Mercenary Dragon. As you can see he sort of looks like a cross between a dinosaur and the alien creature in the movie Alien. From the sketch he looks massive, bold, and incredibly strong. I called him a mercenary because he has no wings. The reason he has no wings is because he lost them due to a battle where he killed one of his own kind. After losing his wings, he decided that he would lend out his services to others that needed a beast to do there brutal bidding for them. As you can imagine what type of damage this enormous dragon can cause for any man or creature. The Mercenary dragon did come from a particular race before being labeled a mercenary. He belonged to the Dragaliens. This was a mutated species of dragons that were purposely bred with alien life forms. For him I chose to mutate his dragon DNA with the alien from Alien. The reason behind my madness is because the movie Alien is on my all time favorites list for starters and secondly dragons are my top rated fantasy creatures. This mercenary dragon as you can see is at least 75 feet high 34 feet long and weighs a great deal due to all the dense muscle mass his body holds from his head to his toe. If you look in his mouth, his teeth are razor sharp and they are intricately placed throughout his mouth. His head may seam small but it really isn’t it just has an elongated shape and his bone structure is large and long. When I drew his body I wanted to make sure that I defined just how muscular this dragon was and I think I made the sketch make that point come across. There was no previous sketch used here, meaning I didn’t scan anything into the comp from my sketch pad at all. The sketch you see before is all from scratch and sketched on my tablet. I am super proud of this drawing and it will stay marked as one of my top favorited drawings to date. I hope you enjoy learning how to draw a Mercenary dragon. I labeled it as advanced artistes because of all the detail that is involved. I am also putting up a mini tutorial on what this dragon looks like from the side while he is in movement. In that tutorial he looks like a dinosaur, so after you learn how to draw this dragon move onto the mini version of the Mercenary Dragon.

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how to draw a mercenary dragon

How To Draw A Mercenary Dragon

how to draw a mercenary dragon step 1

STEP 1.

First start off this step by drawing out the guidelines and shapes to form a solid frame for the mercenary dragon. start by drawing out the shape of his head with an egg shape. Now draw out the shape of his body starting from the neck and work your way all the way down to the tail. When your first step of your sketch looks like the one above move to the next step.
 
how to draw a mercenary dragon step 2

STEP 2.

Now what you are going to do here is start sketching in the details on the dragons face, head, arms, stomach, legs, and feet. Start by drawing out the detailing on his face with a tongue, nose, and the shape of his eye sockets. Now draw out the shapes of the horns on his head. Next draw out his claws on his right hand along with the detailing on his forearm. Move over to his stomach and draw out the beginning lines for his stomach muscles. Now move down to his feet and draw in the structure of his bones and muscles.
 
how to draw a mercenary dragon step 3

STEP 3.

In this next step you will be detailing the dragon even more by sketching in spikes and detailing his horns, face and nails. Draw in his ear and then start detailing his body even further with the simple lining you see here. Now detail his claws on his feet and detail his clawed hands. After your sketch looks similar to the one above move to the net step.
 
how to draw a mercenary dragon step 4

STEP 4.

Now you will start taking your time as you sketch in his teeth and saliva dripping from his teeth. Enlarge the image to see the definition that needs to be sketched in. Shape and detail his plates along his back that start behind his head and goes as far as his shoulder. Sketch in the detailing on his arms and his other clawed toe nails.
 
how to draw a mercenary dragon step 5

STEP 5.

This is the last step to detailing and sketching out definition. What you will be doing is first erasing all the guidelines and circle shapes that you drew in step 1. Next detail and sketch out more of the spikes on his upper arm and along his back until you end up with what you see here. Now shade in the areas shaded in red and sketch in his mercenary tattoo on his forearm.
 
how to draw a mercenary dragon step 6

STEP 6.

This is what your drawing of a mercenary dragon should look like when you are done. As you can see it looks awesome and has beautiful detail throughout. That will do it for this tutorial on how to draw a mercenary dragon. I hope you had a butt load of fun and see you in a bit with the tiny version.