how to draw a dragon head for beginners

How to Draw a Dragon Head For Beginners

Step 1.

What's most important about drawing dragons breathing fire, is that you have to pay attention to the shape of the mouth. A closed mouth with have the lower jaw tucked beneath the upper jaw, like dinosaurs. It's better to base your dragons off past animals that are similar, dinosaurs. When a dragon's mouth is open, drawing the lower jaw can be trickier. You should keep in mind the distance between the lower and the upper, making sure the upper is still slightly longer than the lower. Also look how tense the snout is, with lines that define bits of snarled skin upwards, like a dog's muzzle.

Step 2.

Now, let's examine the teeth of our reptilian beasts. What most artists don't understand is, when a dragon is opening their mouths in offense, their teeth will become bare, just like modern day animals. Just reference a wolf, cat, ferret, or bear, observe how their muzzles become thickened with layered flesh above the noses. So what we'll do here, is when we draw the teeth, create visible gums so it looks pleasingly vicious. What's a dragon without a fierce roar or snarl?

Step 3.

Sometimes, I see artists draw fire breathing dragons with inaccurate details. When breathing fire, the tongue has to stand aside, or hide from the exiting fire. Otherwise, their tongues would be scorched in direct contact of the fire. Here's two of the many ways to draw the tongues of your dragons once they expel fire. See how realistic they look? Now shift over to the grey figure, and see how the tongue remains in the way of the fiery passage. That's not what we want...

Step 4.

Let's get ready to draw the dragon head by making a circle for the head guide. You will then draw the guidelines for the mouth or jaws of the dragon.

Step 5.

Begin drawing the dragon's head in better detail. This should include the angled snout and notice how the tip of the snout forms a hook like shape. Draw in the horn and then you are done.

Step 6.

We will now draw the bottom jaw. When that is done you can add the points to the bottom jaw and then draw a small spike on the cheek.

Step 7.

Use the facial guidelines to draw out the eyeballs and then draw in the skin that attaches the mouth to the jaw. Draw in the nostril and then add detailing around and in the mouth.

Step 8.

Draw in the small razor teeth and then draw the long pointed tongue.

Step 9.

We will now draw the frills around the ears and then add detailing to the frills. This will complete the head.

Step 10.

Complete the lesson by drawing the long, snake like neck. You will then add some of the scales and the marking line down the front of the neck.

Step 11.

When you have erased your mistakes and guidelines the drawing should look like the one you see here. Now all you have to do is add some color.

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Uploaded: April 11, 2015
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: April 12, 2015
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All beginning artists have one thing in common, they want to learn how to draw a dragon as part of their goals to becoming good at drawing. Today, I will show all you newbie artists out there how to draw a dragon head for beginners, step by step. This lesson includes helpful tips that will show you how simple it can be when it comes to drawing dragons. The colored image of the dragon head may look complex, but in all reality the lesson is going to be a simple task. All you have to do is follow the steps and read the tips to help you understand how you can be successful when it comes to drawing dragons or dragon heads. I will let you guys get busy because I have a whole lot more tits to upload.