how to draw a night fury, toothless

How to Draw a Night Fury, Toothless

Step 1.

First start out with the guidelines for the head, chest, rump, legs, and the base of the wings. Keep in mind Toothless's head is quite flat, so make the circle for his head a bit rectangular. Also keep in mind that Toothless sort of resembles a large cat like a panther, his body is long and his legs are fairly short.

Step 2.

In this step, add in the shape of his face. Be careful with his jaw, remember that the upper jaw is longer than the bottom when closed, so don't make the bottom jaw protrude farther than it should. Add in his cute bunny-like ears, and two small ones in between and two on each cheek. notice how on the inside of each ear, near the base where it connects to the head, there are small scale-like protrusions that look like little nibbles in his ears, don't forget those! They make him look more realistic and extra cute!

Step 3.

Now you can add in the entire spine. this will also act as a guide for placing other things. also sketch the line from the chest to stomach all the way to the end of the tail, like a snake body. Look at how his back arches up like a cat's might, this is important for the pose and for Toothless' character as it is how he normally is in the movie and really adds interest to the drawing unlike if his back was straight as a board.

Step 4.

Now draw in his legs. Toothless seems to have fairly thin legs but very large stubby feet with chubby-looking claws on each toe, just something to keep in mind. make sure the back and front legs are not bending the same way, the front legs should bend so the elbow is drawn back and the foot goes towards the head. The back leg should bend just like your own leg, the knee should bend and come towards the head, and the foot would go towards the back end.

Step 5.

Now you can erase those guidelines! Once that's done, add in the wing and the tail fins on the base of the tail and the tip. Since this is Toothless, I only gave him one fin on the tip of his tail, since he lost the other. If you want this to be a more generic Night Fury, give it two, or you can add in the prosthetic tail fin Hiccup made so Toothless can fly.

Step 6.

Now add in his back spines, and a few other details on his face and the skin folds on his stomach.

Step 7.

Last step!!! Just add in some folds in the wing, and any other details you would like!

Step 8.

Now you're done! From here you could colour, paint, shade, or leave your Night Fury as is! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to make requests and comment your thoughts or let me know how yours turned out! Stay tuned for the next Toothless Tutorial!

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Uploaded: November 4, 2013
Artist: TheLastStarlighter
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: November 4, 2013
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Artist comments

This is my second tutorial on the adorable Night Fury, Toothless, from Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon. I was not happy with my other Toothless tutorial, and so I decided to make a new one from a sketch I already drew. I am very pleased with the result I got this time and I hope you like making your own Night Fury as much as I did! Stay tuned for more Toothless Tutorials coming up!