how to draw a dragon skeleton, dragon skeleton

How to Draw a Dragon Skeleton, Dragon Skeleton

Step 1.

Now, here's something cool I wanted to express in this tutorial, mainly because dragons vary in a crapload of sizes. The common dragon height (in my opinion) is 30ft tall (including wing height as well). They are typically larger than a Tyrannosaurus Rex, initially the bigger and better predator. With the ability of flying, breathing fire and large jaws, this beast can max out any predator on two legs. If on the other hand a dragon is dueling its own kind, competition will vary on the age/skill of a dragon's capability of battling. On another topic, notice how the size of an average 5ft person is out-sized by these two ferocious beasts. Imagine being face to face with a huge 30ft tall beast?! In conclusion, practice with various sizes for your dragons, and don't go too tall unless it's a rare (nearly extinct) colossal fire breather. But again, experiment!

Step 2.

Here's another step I'd like to stress a bit more since lots of artists tend to go way too extravagant with their interpretations of dragons. Enlarge the image and read the individual tips and key points about this skeletal structure. Knowing the boundaries of this creature is very important since it will aid you to your success of creating a unique and logically correct dragon.

Step 3.

Well, you will start by drawing some basic guides and shapes to form a frame for your dragon skeleton. Start with a small head shape, and then draw the neck guide. Attach the neck to an oval torso, and make another circle for the back end. Draw the wing and limb guides before leaving this step.

Step 4.

Here you will begin drawing out the skull for the dragons head. There is only two horns, so make sure you add those as well. Sketch in the serrated edging for the top and bottom jaw, and make sure that the mandibles or lower jaw is pointed and jagged.

Step 5.

The next thing to do is draw in all the hollow holes on the skull. This is going to be for the eye, nose, and temple. Draw in the skeletal teeth, and then move to step six.

Step 6.

Take your time with this step because you will be drawing the neck bones or neck vertebra. Next, draw the shoulder and chest bone and then move to the next step.

Step 7.

You will now draw in the first of the front leg bones starting with the coracoid. Next, draw in the ribs, and some of the back spine bones. Take your time so the bones come out nice.

Step 8.

Next, continue to draw in the front leg by drawing the joint gap and then the ulna which is the forearm looking bone. Draw the bones for the talons which is a combination of the carpus and metacarpus bones.

Step 9.

Start this step by drawing the pelvis or ilium bone, and then continue to draw the thigh or femur bone, followed by the tibia and ankle bones as well as the foot and toe bones.

Step 10.

You will now draw the wing bones or the wing humerus which is the lower portion of the wing bone, and then draw the wing radius bone which is the upper part of the wing.

Step 11.

You will now draw out the wing phalanges which is the finger bones for the wing. Make sure to draw the thumb bone and then draw the tips or nails at the ends of each wing bone.

Step 12.

Lastly, draw the tail bones and vertebra like so, and make sure to take your time because these bones are very fine, and get smaller as you go down the tail to the tip. Clean up the drawing and you are all done.

Step 13.

Here is the final step now that you are all done. I hope you learned something new and I also hope you liked this tutorial on drawing a dragon skeleton.

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Uploaded: January 25, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: January 26, 2012
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Artist comments

Since everyone enjoyed the skeleton tutorial I made on the dinosaur, I thought that it would be fun to make a lesson on a dragon of the same concept. So here is what I like to call, "how to draw a dragon skeleton", step by step. The drawing took me a little while to complete, and to show a comparison on how big a dragon was to a human, I also added a silhouette which makes the idea of a dragon even more realistic. Even though the drawing may look a bit complicated and a tedious task, in all reality it should be approachable for any artist to tackle, all you have to do is take your time, and follow the steps. I really love the body form, the wing, the neck vertebra, skull, snout, basically everything about this dragon skeleton, I love. I don’t know what else I can say other than have fun drawing a dragon skeleton. I do have more stuff to submit so it would probably be a good idea to stick around to see what else I have for you, or you can come back later after you finish this tutorial to see what I uploaded new. Thanks guys, and I hope you enjoy this lesson.