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Uploaded: June 26, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 22
Updated: June 26, 2011
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Well, if there's anything I miss drawing, it's definitely dragons. There's just something about the new style I've whipped up that makes me want to draw more of them. Sitting on my PC, there's a sketched drawing of a super cool dragon with a nice background. After this one is posted, the next one will be pretty cool. Anyways, the style of this dragon is pretty traditional, traditional like the dragons you'd see in the old Disney cartoons, or toons of our modern days. Rarely do I ever see dragons with slender bodies in cartoons, besisdes Mulan. This dragon was drawn entirely during my livestreams of last week. There were lots of watchers and I thank ya'll so much for watching me that night! Get yourself a pencil, paper, and kneaded eraser to prep for this lesson. You will need patience and take your time with each and EVERY step. Be positive that you do not manage to rush during this process. Most of the time, rushing gets nothing perfected, not only that, but it also lacks the true skill of an artist. So, without further ado, let's move onto this dragon tutorial. Don't forget I'm open for requests, even if that means more dragon tuts. Thank you so much for viewing and don't forget to leave feedback on how you did, and what you thought of this lesson. Peace and love <3!

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how to draw cartoon dragons

How to Draw Cartoon Dragons

how to draw cartoon dragons step 1

STEP 1.

Alrighty folks, I've included a few tips with this tutorial, as well as cool breakdowns of an elder dragon as well as a villainous dragon. 1) This is a normal posed dragon. Notice how the brows and eyes are relaxed, and the mouth has yet to yield an expression. Keep the brows leveled and eyes half shut *for this style*. 2) A very angry and ferocious face our dragon has transistioned to. Notice how the brows spiral downwards, still leveling with one another. The snout flares folds of skin and the mouth bares sharp teeth. Keep in mind about the physics on how muscles work. 3) A dragon that is smiling. The brows are slightly raised to show relief or brightness. The lids are raised, revealing more eye. 4) A mischievous expression, brows are lowered, almost seeming an angered stance; mouth is smiling, triggering a mischievous look.
 
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STEP 2.

Here's just a few diverse sketches of dragons with personality. What feeling do you vibe from these dragons? Is it majestic, relaxed, villainous, or mischievous? It's important you experiment with various expressions and character to create appropriately creative dragons.
 
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STEP 3.

The dragon you are drawing is actually known to be an elder dragon. Begin with a small shape for the head, and then draw out the body that looks sort of like a mouth. Add a neck line.
 
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STEP 4.

You will begin sketching out the eyebrows which are arched and bold. Next, draw out the snout that sort of has a square like shape. Be sure to sketch in the detailing for the nose, and eyes.
 
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STEP 5.

Now we can work on getting the head, and mouth line drawn in so moving onto other steps will be easier to tackle. Start by sketching in the head, and then draw out the horns. You will sketch in the shapes of the eyes, and then add some wrinkling for the frowned brows. Draw in the nostrils and then make the lining that will form the mouth even more.
 
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STEP 6.

As you can see you are progressing along nicely. What I want you guys to do now is draw out the frilled horns on the sides of the face or head like you see here, and then get the jawline drawn in until a mouth is formed. Draw in some sharp teeth, and then slits for the eyes.
 
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STEP 7.

Sketch out the neck first, and then draw out the large mass for the the chest, and then begin incorporating the shapes of the wings which should be wide and expand. Don't forget the spike for the thumb on the wing.
 
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STEP 8.

Continue to draw out the wings until they are complete, and then draw out the back end of the dragon's body. This includes the back, butt, and long thick tail.
 
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STEP 9.

Now that most of the dragon is drawn out, you can now sketch out the legs both front and back, and then draw in the top of the talons, and outline of the back feet.
 
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STEP 10.

You have come a long way to drawing an elder dragon. What you will do now is draw in the rest of the legs and then draw out the very elderly looking talons and or feet. Be sure to draw in the clawed nails, and then add some crease detailing for the front leg shoulder.
 
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STEP 11.

Now that the dragon is complete, you can add some finishing touches before you move along to the next step to draw in the scales. Draw the marking line starting under the chin, and down the neck, chest, belly, and tail. Draw the bones for the wings, and then move to the next step to finish it off.
 
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STEP 12.

Now it's time to draw out the scales that starts under the neck, and travels down the chest, belly and tail. Draw in some swirls on the elbows and knees. Erase the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
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STEP 13.

Here is what the dragon looks like when you are all done. Now you can color it in, and maybe even use your new dragon in a hand drawn action scene. Thanks for joining guys, and be sure to keep moving along this tutorial because there is still steps to learn how to draw dragon heads as well.
 
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STEP 14.

Start with two circles for each head. Notice how the side view of the left head is an oval shape and the shape to the right is a circle. Make sure you accurately draw the middle separation line for accuracy in facial placement.
 
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STEP 15.

Now, it's time to work on the facial for each dragon. Start with the base of the head and work your way downwards. Make sure you draw the mouth correctly for the left head. Notice how there is a slight curve in the upper lip. Right head: Notice each brow is perfectly leveled, but have perspective applied to one another. The right brow is smaller than the left, creating the appearance of 3/4.
 
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STEP 16.

Create a nice eye loop for the left head and the nostrils. Start with the snout and nostrils for the right head, keeping in mind that the tip of the snout is aligned with the center of both brows.
 
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STEP 17.

Then, work in details slowly for the left head. Draw a large jaw for the elder dragon's head, keeping the tip of it larger than the jaw line. Add lids, wrinkles beneath the eyes, and a few wrinkles to creases of the snout.
 
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STEP 18.

Next, work on the rather shapely lower jaw for our dragon to the left. Keep the jaw nice and curvy to add to the cartoony style. Add a bit of marking to the rim of the upper brow. Let's work on the intense work of our elder dragon to the right. We are going to add lots of old hair to the edges of his majestic, aged horns. Keep the horns large but not too long.
 
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STEP 19.

Now, it's time work on the horns for our dragon to the left. These styled horns are meant to look thin and sharpened to accentuate the slimy and sinister appearance of this dragon. To the right, add a few details to the aged horns and a furred crest to his neck.
 
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STEP 20.

Finally, it's time to work on the very necks of our grawsome dragons! Notice the dragon to the left, has a very slender and thin neck. This was added so it would look sinister and sneaky, much like a snake. However, our dragon to the right looks very majestic and proud. Though, he also looks as if he wants no attention, nor to be bothered (like old people!).
 
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STEP 21.

Let's finish off by etching in a few minor details to spice your dragons. Add spots, or circles to the surface to the skin of our elder dragon, creating an appear that is indeed aged (similar to sun spots on the elderly).
 
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STEP 22.

Here, we have two diverse and rather smexy dragons! I've included an aged dragon as well as a sinister villainous one, just for your liking. All you've got to do is add your own body, if you have the time to. Thank you for viewing this tutorial, and I hope you've enjoyed!