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Uploaded: September 21, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: September 20, 2011
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So the new series of dragons that I started doing is kind of making me a better artist with dragons. I also really love the new drawing style that has become my different style of technique. This lesson is going to be on the second element dragon, which means you will learn how to draw an earth dragon, step by step. I didn’t just want to make some typical creature that was made of rock or dirt. I wanted to combine almost all of the earth’s ingredients like trees, dirt, rock, flowers, roots, and other earth based minerals. The end sketch came out to be one of my favorite dragon drawings of all time. I think it’s because of the intense creativity involved with the dragon’s concept design. This is a piece that will go in ‘one of the original dragon drawings ever’. I want to thank those of you that gave helpful suggestions and comments as I drew this earth dragon with all of you that joined me for Live stream. This is going to be under the intermediate skill level only because there are a lot of different objects within the dragon. So my advice to you is to take your time, and follow the steps as you keep a steady pace. I will be back later with my last tutorial, and it is going to be on another dog species in regular dog form. Adios people and have fun!

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how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon

How to Draw an Earth Dragon, Brown Dragon

how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 1

STEP 1.

Begin by drawing a total of three shapes, one for the head, another for the torso or chest, and then the end one for the back or butt end. Connect the first two with a neck guide.
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 2

STEP 2.

You will immediately start taking your time as you draw out the head, muzzle and jaw of this earth dragon. You'll want to emphasize roots of this creature, mainly because it's portraying an earthy feel. Make sure you vary the sizes of each root.
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 3

STEP 3.

Next, we will flesh out the facial features, and the horns which are branches with sparse leaves. It's best to emphasize various chains of leaf area so it'll vary the drawing, making it more appealing. My favorite part was drawing the back of the dragon, the branches of entangled roots and a separate tree, making the Earth dragon seem as if it was submerged into the ground...now wouldn't THAT be a cool tut ;)
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 4

STEP 4.

Let's move onto the torso area, probably a difficult part because of all the details that's cluttered into a confined space. Let's work on the chest first before we scatter to the arm, which is also similar to a tree form. Make sure you create each boulder in various sizes, to vary your drawing. I cannot stress enough the importance of variation since it really brings out the feel in a drawing. Try sketching these lines quickly so you'll have a better chance getting an accurate line.
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 5

STEP 5.

To finish off the torso, add the other arm, keeping in mind it's comparison to the first one.
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 6

STEP 6.

Let's finish off the back part of the body so this dragon will be standing normally ;) Create the leg first before you move onto any interior details, you don't want to draw details first then exterior work, it'll end up a mess! Once you've done that, add the tail and more boulders or rocks. Notice how I have pieces of rock shifting off the body, creating an illusion that this creature is moving.
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 7

STEP 7.

Lastly, we will draw the tree leaves, extra branches, and the wing to complete this piece! Keep the lineart for the tree details thinner than the rest, so it will add variety to the drawing overall. The wings should also resemble wood like feel as well.
 
how to draw an earth dragon, brown dragon step 8

STEP 8.

With essential cleanup and careful observation, you should have something similar to this. Now, if you want to have similar lines, make sure you ink your drawing either digitally, or traditionally (inking pens). I really hope you've got a kick outta this lesson, as much as I had making it. Thank you all so much for viewing!