how to draw an occidental

How to draw an Occidental

Step 1.

Like all of the dragons, start with a line of motion and then add a head or vice versa. This will establish your base. Just please Don't give a T-rex wings and call it a dragon, becasue it's not, it's a T-rex with wings, Dragons might be related to dinosaurs (depending on the mythology of the person) but they don't have T-rex heads, or a t-rex body. Dragons are dragons and they look like dragons, Don't ask me to clarify that for you, because I can't, it is the same way that a dog doesn't look like a wolf and vice versa. If you want to get an understanding of what a dragon looks like go look at some references. There are some pretty good ones out there.

Step 2.

The body of the Occidental is generally nice and serpentine looking rather than blocky but I have seen dragons that look good with that 'tank' dragon feel and they look fine too so whatever is your pereference.

Step 3.

The legs are the same for an Oriental. also some people like their Occidentals able to stand on their back legs and use their front claws as hands (i am one) so make sure you draw the hands approperatly, and that the back legs are strong enough to support the body; hey and that tail could help for balance too.

Step 4.

Wings are the hardest part of this dragon, simply becasue they can cover most of the body in the picture, which is annoying if you want to show off the body. Anyway I've seen Occidentals with feathered wings, and skinned wings, I'll say again that the Skinned wing seems to me to make more sense for flight, but if you're a die hard feathered wing fan but also want realism I suggest making it longer and the suface of the wing broader. And I'm not sure if I mentioned this before in any of my other tuts but all creatures that use wings to fly, spread their wings to flap, to maximize surface area vs. wieght. However they also while pulling the wings back up again to flap, pull their wings in closer to their bodies, to lessen drag; slighly important if you are creating something like a cartoon, and want the creature to be flying.

Step 5.

Details are important!

Step 6.

Start With the head or line of motion and then add the one you didn't do first.

Step 7.

Now add more details like where you want to place the legs and wings and define a little of the head features. This is a good example of how I did not necessarily follow the line of motion. Don't let the line limit you it's a tool not a master.

Step 8.

And now finish off with the refinement of the dragon. Good luck!

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012
Artist: Dragonvoid
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: March 22, 2012
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Artist comments

Occidental, A dragon with four legs and a pair of wings, also known as an European, Welsh and a lot of other names, dragon. It is the most famous and in my oppinion it was the dragon that actually gave the species its name 'dragon' etemology wise. which if i remember correctly means something along the lines of "seeing clearly" or "having clear sight" I chose to call this particular kind of dragon Occidental simply to commpliment the Oriental. Occidental means 'protaining to the west', which in itself is a misnomer because it didn't originate in the 'western' hemisphere. but it is west If you relate it to the east. Good luck and criticism is welcome!