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how to draw a black dragon, black dragon

How to Draw a Black Dragon, Black Dragon

Step 1.

Like with the rest of the dragons you drew in the past, you will need to draw a few shapes and guidelines. Start with a head shape like so, make the neck guide and attach it to the torso shape and then draw the oblong body shape. Lastly, draw the wing guideline.

Step 2.

You will now draw the outline or structure of the dragon's head. As you can see it has one visible horn, and the snout and mandibles have points and edges.

Step 3.

The next thing you will do is draw the thick shape of the dragon's neck like so, and then move to step four.

Step 4.

Okay, you will now start drawing out the dragon's mane which like horses starts at the top of the head. Continue to draw out the mane or hair going down the neck in a flowing pattern, and then add some detailing by drawing strand lines. Sketch in the spiral pattern in the horn, and then draw in the eye, nostrils, teeth and reptilian tongue.

Step 5.

You are ready to move onto getting the body drawn out, and as you can see the front legs and talons are very bold, and thick. Draw the chest first, and then draw the wide or strong looking trunk like legs, and then draw the toes. Sketch out the shoulder and then draw the first part of the black dragon's wing.

Step 6.

This is actually the last drawing step. All you have to do is draw the back, thick tail, and then draw the stomach hind legs and feet. Notice how the toes are thick, long, and strong. Sketch in some detailing around the toes and ankle and then finish drawing out the dragon's wing. Erase the mistakes to prepare your dragon for awesome color.

Step 7.

All you need to here is draw out the neck, belly, and tail scaling like you see here. Instead of normal horizontal lines, I went with a more detailed patterned and draw V shaped lines down the chest. Sketch in the nails or claws like so, and then sketch in some of the muscle detailing and definition on the body. You will finish off this dragon by adding some hair on the tail, and then draw in the other skin based wing. Don't forget to add some muscle definition to the wing arm like so.

Step 8.

Your black dragon is all done and ready to color in. I really do hope that you had a blast with this tutorial, because I had a lot of fun drawing it out for you all.

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Uploaded: January 26, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: January 27, 2012
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Artist comments

Hey guys! Time for another dragon yet again, but this is going to be on a black dragon with firey traits. Because this beast is in dark blue/green background, I had to create a bluish green subtle skin tone so it will seem to be fitting within the background. This beast is bulkier than the white dragon, which is more noble than this one. I like to have the idea that a dark creature such as this should have sinister traits and whatnot. Make sure you get yourself a few nice tools to prepare your drawings with. Take your time and do not pressure/rush yourself as you progress with the steps. Be sure to check out my other lessons on dragon anatomy to further your understanding about the anatomy of these creatures. Anyways, I hope you'll enjoy this lesson I finished live, thanks so much for viewing and stay tuned for possibly more dragon tturoials! Don't forget to let me know what you think or how you did.