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Uploaded: October 16, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 15
Updated: October 16, 2010
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Hey guys, how about a fun and helpful lesson on “how to draw scales, step by step”. Most of you peeps that are starting off with drawing reptiles, have problems with drawing these particular parts of a creature. It consumes patience, practice, and time to create eye pleasing scale designs. All it is, is a texture that spruces up your design. There are many types of scales that artists stylize in. In this tutorial, I break down three of the styles that you can draw them in. My favorite style that I find to be easier and faster to draw is the diamond crosshatch. This is my own created word combination because there really isn’t a name to call it. What you do, is simply draw the direction of lines and draw the same length lines in a diagonal way. This will create a diamond pattern. NEVER draw them in a perfect across angle or else they will seem boxed which is a big no no! I drew all of them on Paint Tool Sai, a very useful and easy drawing program you can purchase for 60$. It’s a lot cheaper and bug free than Photoshop is. Anyways, I really hope this tutorial will become of use for you folks. You can add these patterns to your dragons, creatures, fishes, and any other reptilian creature you’ll draw in the future. I’d advise you to research and reference from images of real scales and what they are fond on. For instance, birds have a strange scale pattern, which are large box-like shapes that fade off into smaller subordinates. Well, I guess I’ve given you enough tips! Thanks so much for viewing this tutorial on “how to draw scales! Don’t forget to leave feedback on how you did and to post your artworks onto the site! Good luck!

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Step 5. How to Draw Scales