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how to draw a green dragon

How to Draw a Green Dragon

Step 1.

Start this first step with the simple guidelines needed to draw to help you make the whole learning process easier for you to learn. Start at the head and draw two small circles with two seperate beaks on on top and one on the bottom. Draw a long semi curved line for the neck and attach it to the torso of the green dragons body frame. Draw the rest of the green dragon as shown above.

Step 2.

Now in this step you can start filling out the outsides of the lines to make them all look whole instead of sticks. Always start from the top when ever you draw because you can big time cash. The position this green dragon ids standing in is a bunch of sand and he's on the prowl for a kill But then again not all dino's where body

Step 3.

In this step you will continue to draw the green dragon by detailing the face neck and front limbs. Draw out the dragons face with one eye, frills on top of the head. After you do that go ahead and detail the front leg. After that is done start detailing the wing structure by sketching out the arm and the skin around the inside of the wing bones.

Step 4.

Again this step is all about detail, detail, and more detail. This sketch actually took me 4 hours to sketch out and this was like a year ago. I have tons of dragon drawings that I will eventually submit on this site for all to learn from. In this step you will add definition to the tongue and little beard that hangs from the chin. Next draw the detail in the wing by following the tutorial steps. After that detail the front and back limbs by sketching in the scales.

Step 5.

Now this is the last step before you move to the next which is all about technique. This is probably the most time consuming step because you have to sketch out all the different sized scales and skin wrinkles in the green dragons wings and neck, face, and legs. After you complete all these steps in part 5, you can go ahead and erase all the guidelines that you drew in step 1 to prepare your sketch for coloring. Now the followings step to come are all used in Photoshop Cs and by also using a tablet. So take a deep breath and follow on to the next informative step.

Step 6.

These last steps will teach you how to shade and highlight your green dragon. This method is called the ‘burn shading method’. This method is good for contrasting your colors without making with tons of layers. This is also preferred for beginners in shading. The first thing you must do is color in all your flats on a separate layer. Duplicate that layer and call it ‘colors’. The reason for duplicating the layer is because, when using the burn and dodge tool, you cannot erase your mistakes. So if you make a mistake, you have to recolor you image. This way, if you make a mistake, you can delete your ‘colors’ layer and have an extra colored layer on hand. Cool ehh?! Anyways, select your dodge tool and set the exposure to 42% and range to ‘Midtones’. Make sure your brush size is a suitable size for your shading.

Step 7.

Begin shading your image, LIGHTLY! You don’t want to press hard or shade in the same area. This will cause your shades to go darker. You don’t want that, it’ll make your image too dark and icky. Don’t forget to define your light source!

Step 8.

Now lastly, for the highlighting. This is the fun but difficult part. When you highlight, you must make sure that you know your light source. What’s a light source? It’s a term used to define where the direction of the light is hitting your dragon. Many professional artists use this method. It’s important you use it too if you want an excellent piece of art. Anyways, whip out your dodge tool and set the settings (on a suitable sized brush) to range: highlights (this option will make your highlights contrast with the color. So when you highlight, your lights will be a brighter color instead of a whiter color. Set the Exposure to 36 percent. This means that your highlights will start out light and soft. It’s an awesome effect.

Step 9.

And here you have the finished sketch and drawing. Your green dragon should look like this after you draw all the details and definitions that is associated with the dragon.

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Uploaded: February 15, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: February 15, 2008
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Artist comments

The green dragon is a unique animal because it has the ability to survive without food for a whole year and a half which is why they are considered one the most outlasting of its species. This dragon has a bold and fierce look, and can at times be very fast as well. The size of the green dragon doesn’t stop itself from hunting and chasing down it’s next meal the one thing they are not, is friendly towards humans and have no problems with going for seconds. The average sized meal for one of these reptiles if is roughly the size if a cow, if not larger. This will keep them full for up to two months. Wow, that’s a long time for a predator without food, right? This is because the green dragon lives among the desert, and since food in those parts are hard to come by, their bodies developed a mechanism to store food for a long period of time. They have similarities to the camel and snake because of its size and the scaly skins. Since camels can survive without water for two weeks and food for a month, the green dragon can last longer. All desert animals share the same things in common. Most rouge humans who travel the desert come across green dragons plenty of times. They are ferocious beasts that will attack at anything, especially without eating for a long time. A green dragon can weigh up to six tons or the common weight of an average African male elephant. Green dragons are spotted around cactuses, mountains, sand dunes and small pools of water. When it rains or if there’s a dead carcass nearby, you’re most likely to spot plenty of green dragons. These dragons mate twice a year and can spawn up to thirty eggs per clutch. The first time a female mates, she is guaranteed to fail to produce eggs. It takes a year for a green dragon to develop and hatch. A ten year old dragon is considered a baby, a thirty year old dragon is considered a juvenile, and an eighty year old dragon is considered an adult. From that point on a green dragon can live to two hundred years. This is common in tortoises that can live up to one hundred and fifty years. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw the green dragon with easy step by step instructions.

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