how to draw a bird dragon

How to Draw a Bird Dragon

Step 1.

In this step we will be drawing the basic body frame of the bird dragon. To make this easy, make large circles and ovals for the legs and arms. The wings consist of a lot of curvy lines. The lines of the wings are just guidelines for the feathers that will take place. Now for the base of the head start with a circle. Add a large square oval on the top of that circle. This will be the brow and cheek of the dragon. Start sketching out a rough sketch of the mouth too.

Step 2.

Now in this step, we will start drawing the flight feathers of the bird dragon. Add some curvy crooked lines on the tip of the neck. This resembles the spine of this dragon. Start shaping out the face too. Make the brow nice and thick so it looks more like an eye socket beneath it. Draw the lower jaw of the mouth too. Right at the crease of the jaw there's folds of skin. These flab's of skin stretch out when it roars. Anyways, start sketching out the base of the arm and paws of the creature too.

Step 3.

In this step we will finish fleshing out those flight feathers. Make sure you make the flight feathers proportioned. In other words make them all in order as they curve towards the base of the body. We will also add two feathers inside of the wing too. Add the abnormal horns on top the dragon's head too. Add several teeth to the mouth too. Also start sketching out the legs and forearms. Add some extra muscle to the beast too so it has some strong definition to it. We will continue to add more details to it too like the frills on the elbow of its arm.

Step 4.

Now this step is a little more easier. This is just a step to show you where to add the details that are needed to make your dragon more realistic and cool. We will start adding some of those feathers at the tip of the tail. Add some hairs at its chin and head too to make it look bare of feathers. Sketch in some wrinkles and folds into the frill area. Draw in some details to the arms and legs. Add some large scales at the tip of the forearm. This will make your dragon more bird like XD.

Step 5.

In this step we will add some hardcore details to the wings. Draw some vieny looking lines inside of the flight feathers. These will indicate the stem of the feathers, like all birds have. Continue to add some extra feathers to that wing so it looks fluffy and realistic. You definitely don't want feathered wings to be bare of feathers. It wouldn't look like a bird wing at all. Before you continue to the next step, add some extra detail to the back, head, and tail of the dragon. See how the tail is shaping out nicely?

Step 6.

Now this step is really simple and easy. All we are going to do is fill in extra feathers to wings. Add small curved lines inside of each individual feather. This will definitely spice up some realism. Around the forearm area, make some smaller feathers too. These are just indications of the dragon's abnormality and uniqueness. With all of my dragons, I try to make them detailed and unique as possible. Ready for the finished line art?!

Step 7.

Well I guess that's it. You should come out with this as the finished product. Erase those unwanted lines and you should come out with this. If it doesn't I'd say you still did a good job. I mean your still a beginner right? If you want you can redraw and re-follow the steps if your not satisfied with your finished product. Practice does make perfect. Though, no one is perfect XD. Well I hope you enjoyed the quality and fun of this tutorial. Yay...=D

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Uploaded: July 13, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: July 14, 2008
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Today at, we will be learning how to draw a strong and powerful dragon called the Bird dragon. This large beast has the similar bright colors of a macaw. Its primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. I choose these colors because I wanted to base the bird side of the dragon with a macaw. Whenever I make different varieties of bird dragons, I tend to make their bird sides sorted by different bird species. In my drawings I like to mix them up to make them more interesting. As you can see the dragon’s habitat is in the forest. It took me time to figure out a nice habitat for this creature to fit in. My mom helped me decide an awesome background for this large colorful beast. I thought to myself, since this dragon has the bird side of a macaw, it should live in a rain forest, just like a macaw. So that’s exactly what I did. Anyways, let’s get into the details about our bird dragon. First off, this creature looks extremely evil. Indeed it is vicious and evil. It’s not like your average cute and cuddly macaw, this beast can whip up a fire. It eats plenty of meat a day. Its favorite food is humans! Yum sounds good to me…ahem, yeah right >.< Well, this dragon can grow to have an average wingspan of eighty feet long. It can grow up to twenty five feet high, bigger then a Tyrannosaurus. Its body length, including its tail is forty feet long. Bird dragons hangout in cool and shaded areas of the rain forest. They hunt in open areas too where they’re most likely to find their sweet treats which are humans. Occasionally these large beast feasts on pounds of fruit to fulfill their nutritious needs. I mean they can’t keep eating meat, it doesn’t fill those vitamins needed like D, C, A, and a whole bunch of vitamins from the alphabet. These dragons are sometimes attacked by the swift and vicious killers called the Sky Dragons. Their numbers have been cut down because of these foul and fast dragons. I personally adore the sky dragon; I love their ‘evilness’. Well that’s pretty much all I have to say about the Bird dragon. It took me two days literally to draw and color this thing. I spent a lot of time drawing the wings and coloring it. I try to make my tutorials the best of quality to suit your dragonish needs. I used my awesome program Adobe Photoshop CS and used my drawing Tablet. My normal tablet is an Intous3 6x12. Its pretty big, just the way I like it when I need to draw something amazing. Anyways, enjoy this wonderful tutorial. Oh yeah don’t forget, comments please.

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