First begin with the basic guidelines for your dragon, by starting with three simple circles that vary in sizes. The largest circle acts like the frame for the chest, same goes for the circles for the head and back area. It's best to get these guidelines as accurate as possible for proportion issues.
Next, we'll start off with the simple shapes of the dragon's head, which looks very much like a throne (something I wanted to emphasize to give power to thise shadowy dragon). The face is slender but bulky at the same time, to retain some kind of strength.
Then, we will finish off the facials while using light line work to keep variety within this creature. Take your time my fellow artists!
Let's work our way to finishing the neck off so we can prosper to the torso. The neck should be slim but believable enough to glue the body together believably. Make sure the frills are drawn correctly as well. Adding torn areas will only make the dragon deathly and shadowy.
Now, we're going to work on the torso which is butted outwards to emphasize power but also devine shadows. Make sure you sketch the attaching arm correctly so it looks belivable anatomy wise. I had fun with this part!
Next, we'll sketch out the backing as well as the tail which is curling upwards beneath his chin. This is also a key point of 'mischevious' attitiude.
We'll sketch the rest of the limbs, getting ready to sketch the large wings. Wouldn't it be cool to see this dragon in flight? I know it would for me! Again, having torn areas will only convey a creepier and dark presence.
It's time to sketch the huge, structured wings which support the flight of this dragon. Do not draw them too large or too small, it has to be just right to make the flight believable. Take your time, and refrain from rushing!
Lastly, we'll finish off the wings by sketching a few details as well as the second wing and the membrane. Take your time to evaluate where to place the ripped regions.
With prior cleaning up, proportion check and other proofing, you should have something similar to this. Make sure before you ink the dragon out, that you use a great tool like Micron pens or black markers (art markers *copics* not kiddy kinds). Anyways, I hope you've enjoyed this lesson, thanks for viewing!
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