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Uploaded: August 9, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: August 9, 2010
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I've captured another image in my mind that included a dragon and a warrior that flew with it. While doodling around, inspiration hit me while I listened to “the Chairman's Waltz” (a great and emotion capturing song). Countless people have been asking me to submit a tutorial on ”how to draw a dragon rider”. There are so many styles to draw these types of riders in. Instead of riding a horse, riders are flying and guiding a dragon amongst their endeavours. Besides, who wouldn't want to fly with a kickarse fire breathing creature? The original image was much more dull then what's shown. I've posted the same picture on Facebook but it lacked deep tones and value. I thought blue would emphasize on the bond that both of these fliers hold. The fire symbolizes the strength that a rider and her dragon are as one. The moon shines gracefully; embracing the power of them combined. To "draw a dragon rider", you'll need to know the basics on how to draw a dragon. I have an immensely large category focusing on dragons beneath the “fantasy” category. Most of those tutorials are fairly old and need revamping to teach you avid artists correctly. Anyways, there are lots of movies which feature dragon riders. Eragon is a great example of a noble and compacted bond between dragon and man. Another movie is “How to Train Your Dragon”; it features diverse types of dragons and how humans interpret them incorrectly. Later on, they come together and help eachother in harmony. Lastly, a great movie that's been dear with me since the beginning of my dragon obsession is “Dragon Heart”. It's probably the greatest movie that made emotions bubble at the very end. Remembering all these movies sparked an urge to draw and complete a tutorial on “how to draw a dragon rider step by step”. This tutorial should be very helpful for those that enjoy drawing these creatures. It would be a great thing if you left some feedback or critiques. Don't forget to rate and comment folks! Thanks for viewing and peace out!

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How to Draw a Dragon Rider

how to draw a dragon rider step 1

STEP 1.

First, start off the guide work. It's very important to get this down packed. I would recommend using a compass for the perfect circles. Make sure you pay attention on how these circles are in size to its relatives.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 2

STEP 2.

Next, start drawing the head. It's important to start off with the head because you'll be able to draw the rest of the body accurately. Start sketching out a guideline for the rider. Once again, you can customize the rider to a male, dwarf, elf or even yourself!
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 3

STEP 3.

Then, draw the ascending neck and the rest of the features of the dragon's head. You can also customize the horns and frills. Finish off the neck before you draw the saddle and reigns.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 4

STEP 4.

Next, draw the fire and the rest of the dragon rider. Finish off the saddle for the rider to sit on. If you prefer, you can have a rider guiding a dragon "saddless".
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 5

STEP 5.

Then, draw the small designs that's embedded into the saddle. You can add your own designs if you like. Move onto drawing the arms and the strap that cinches the saddle onto the dragon, comfortably.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 6

STEP 6.

Well, look how far you have already gotten. What you need to do in this step is begin sketching out the dragons wings like so. Notice how the thumb is fully drawn out. Once that is done, you can proceed onto sketching out the back or hind quarters of the dragon, and then start drawing the other leg, and elbow frills.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 7

STEP 7.

Finish drawing out the wings and be sure to add the rips or tears along the edges. Next and lastly for this step, all you have to do is start sketching out the hind legs, and then add some texture definition to the skin based wings.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 8

STEP 8.

It is now tome to finish off this sketch on a pretty cool drawing. All you need to do is draw the remaining parts of the dragons legs, and feet, and then completely sketch out the tail. You can choose any form of tail tip, for me I decided to go with a spade. Draw some spiked frills down the tail, and begin erasing the lines and shapes you drew in step one to clean up your fantastic drawing.
 
how to draw a dragon rider step 9

STEP 9.

Well you did it, you have completed this lesson on how to draw a dragon rider. I hope you had fun, and be sure to get even more creative when you color in the sketch.