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Basic Dragon Tutorial by kalicothekat Basic Dragon Tutorial by kalicothekat
I decided to randomly create a tutorial on my style of drawing dragons. If you want to try it, be my guest. :) But, one thing first: You may not use my style of dragons to make any form of money!!! That just...wouldn't be fair. ^^; But you may draw and practice using it! :D
Okay, here we go! (Big file...let it load. :))

1: 1st off, make a...circle. For the head! Hooray!

2: Okay, make a line for the neck, a circle for the chest area, a line for the stomach area, a circle again for the waist, and then a line for the tail. This dragon has a short tail...^^;

3: Now make a circle for the shoulder blade, then use canine anatomy for the front leg. See, you can use really any creature's anatomy for a dragon, even human, but since this is my style, this is what I do. ^^ Then make a block for the foot. The back leg, I use a mixture of human and werewolf and canine anatomy. You could also use plain old canine anatomy. Anyway, circle for where leg connects to hip, then line-knee-line-ankle-line-foot. ^_^

4: Now to make the wing!! Use bat anatomy, unless, of course, your dragon has feathered wings. Circle to connect it to the shoulder, then line and elbow. They have elbows! Don't forget that. :) Then line connecting to the hand. They do have hands on their wings! A little thumb and then three lines outwards. That works. Remember, the wing's "fingers" have joints too. For this, I just used the main joint, but they should have another by the end. Think of a human/bat's hand anatomy.

5: Okay, that head was too big. I decreased its size. Sometimes even I make mistakes xD. Anyways, add some "meat" to the dragon. Add a muzzle to its head and a form to its body. :) Oh yeah, add two more legs, since it needs them...;)

6: Give the poor thing an eye! ^^ Eyes, I've found, are the most unique thing an artist can draw, so be creative. How you draw it can completely change the entire picture! Then add some more "meat" to the neck and around the legs. Also give it some webbing for its wing. Just connect the wing with little curves. :)

7: Okay, now here's a fun part!! Clean up the lines! Get rid of those little lines and circles I had you draw while still keeping the form. I like adding a little indication of the knee and a claw on the back of the ankle. Hey! You can tell its a dragon now! :)

8: Here's my favorite part--details! I added another wings membrane to the hand and shoulder. I gave it a scaley belly. Then I added its pupil, nostil, ear, tail spike,and horns. I just did basic things; this is where your creative juices should start flowing! Then I made it a bit more muscley. :) You're almost done!

9: The final drawing. :) The difference? Talons. :D Okay, look at the next step for creating the talons of a dragon. I hope your drawing is looking good! :) If not, don't be frustrated. I've been drawing dragons for years, and I still have tons to learn. It takes a lot of practice, so keep drawing!!

Talons: Look at that drawing that says, "Talons!" I drew a quick sample of an eagle's talons, the basis for a dragon's. Dragon's talons can be a very interesting feature. You can make them just like a dinosaur's, a bird's, human anatomy, even like a cat's or dog's paws! Get creative again. :) I draw mine as human/bird anatomy. Never ever ever draw then as little straight logs with triangles at the end! Claws start further in, not on the edge! Also, you need to give it structure, not just little sticks.

I hope my tutorial helps! Remember, practice makes perfect! :)

Everything here was drawn from scratch in PS CS with my Wacom tablet. This would probably work best with a pencil on paper, or a tablet in a good program. I guess you could use paint, but I wouldn't recommend it!

Tutorial and style (c) me!!!

If you find any errors, tell me. :) If you draw anything with it and upload it, please note me! I'm dying to see if this actually helps anyone!
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Nyroc-Oomara Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!! This is the first ever dragon i have drawn that is actually good. all my old ones looked like sausages with legs. THANK YOU!!! I will be sure to post my drawing and send a link here for sure
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WildNimble Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
this is exactly what i was looking for!
thank you!!
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Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow!OwO
That's really help me!:'D
Thank you so much for the tutorials!:"D
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:iconwnter06:
wnter06 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
good tutorial dragon sketch is hard
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ChiciFan Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
That help me REALLY much! Thanks!;-D
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OwoZmajIzCeljaowO Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Awesome =DDD This is going to help!
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RubyDragonCat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow now I know why everybody was telling me to study anatomy. Thanks! I'll certainly show you what I draw with my newfound knowledge.
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dandypandy12 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very handy!!!!! thanx for making it!
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Marty-Party Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey thanks for the tutorial, it helped me get out of a artist-block, my dragons are a little more detailed than the tutorial, but i couldn't have made my dragons without it.
thanks
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Warpmaster Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Wow. I epically fail at drawing. Maybe it would help if I used pencil. I'll keep trying though. Thank you!
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Airlesse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
'bumps old deviation'

How old were you when you did this? I wanna know. :)
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
......very young XD. I'm not quite sure of the exact age, but it was many years ago =P
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Dragons-white Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
cool the tutorial This will help me XD
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! :D
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Dragons-white Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
^___^ :D
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DragonSlayer38 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008   Interface Designer
i am trying to drw a dragon i think this tut. will help a ton all the others are so complacated. yours makes it fun and easy but it is still a taskwhen i finish it and put it up i will show use how it turns out and if you like mermaids or underwater animals i have this club called the world below and the chat room is not finished yet but if you want to join you can you'll be the first one too!
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teapot-shark Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial!
Its just what i was looking for! Thanks!!
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MomoDragons Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Wow i have snoting to say but wow that is the best tutorial i have ever seen, its great!
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad it could help ya ;D!
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NiaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
BIG thx for it!
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xbetrayalx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the tutorial. Ive got to try this :) Ive been browsing tutorials, learning how to draw different animals. So far Ive only done horses, whales and wolves. Its weird Yesterday I searched "Dragon tutorial" and didnt find any good ones. Today i search "Cat tutorial" or something, and i find this lol!
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PhantomKat7 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
Sweet! This tutorial is very good! I just caught interest in drawing dragons and this will help me out. This will also help my friend but I have to draw the steps for her since she has no internet (the horror!!).

Also, I have this pic that I'm itching to color but it needs a dragon in it since it's based of a song that HAS a dragon. This goes in my faves!
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deviantdevilowns Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
lets just say before when i drew dragons they looked like cows now they look like dragons:) thank you!
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
:D :D :D ^___^ I'm so happy I was able to help you!! :D
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deviantdevilowns Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
YAH IM GOOD!
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
So, it helped you? :P?
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paradikal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005
very cool, thanks
i'm learning now how to draw stuff, this is very helpful
:hug: for you
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Floater- Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks :boogie:
I've always wanted to draw dragons but I didn't know how :(
Now I know. Thankee :P
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
n_n Glad it helped!
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necromanzer Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004
heheh awesome correction with the talons, smack! ;p
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
haha xD
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GMD88 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2004
Nice tutorial!! I think I'm going to have to try this one when I get some free time...which will be realitively soon with any hope.

And I wouldn't sell anyone else's work...heck, I wouldn't even sell my own! :XD: That goes the same for stealing. If somebody stole any of my work, I'd have to go with the notion that they're just insane.
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Stealing is so terrible....no one that I know of has stolen mine, but if I keep attempting to improve...it's only a matter of time Oo;.......:\
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GMD88 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2004
Don't let the thought of others taking your talent stop you from improving, though. If that were the case, most people would still be drawing the caveman stick figures in hopes that their revolutionary style wouldn't be stolen. Never be afraid to make the jump. Usually if your art is stolen and people like your art, they'll tell you right away. That's what I think, anyway.

I'll note you when I put up the dragon I draw using your tutorial as an assistant. :D You explain it very well, and I'd like to see if I can follow it and (ever so slightly) improve on my own dragon drawing skills, mainly because I've goten into the habit of drawing humans with 3/4 profile faces, no matter what direction they're facing. :XD:
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
n_n Thanks. Yes, stick-figures was a revolutionary idea....so ...amazing...in its own special way :XD:.
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Bubbletron13 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2004
^.=.^ Awesome! You did an awesome job on the totorial... are the so fun to make? nar... :D
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, thanks! I had fun making this one, actually. xD
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sru Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004
the of 498,68 EUR wow nice price
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:iconsru:
sru Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004
the of 498,68 EUR wow nice price
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sru Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004
what wacom tablet are u usin?
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
The newest one, the Intuos3. 4x5. It is the best. *hugs it*
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Tigzz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
that's fun! I usually draw like this too =D

"Great minds think alike" :XD:
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
haha, yes! Indeed we do! XD
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forestcat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
*nabs the tutorial* woo!! Thankies :D This will helpie me ^^ ^^
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! I'm glad. :)
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oneartist22 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
oooo...definately gotsa fav this....most helpfulness :D
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
;) Glad to be of assistance. :)
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:iconkalicothekat:
kalicothekat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
;) Glad to be of assistance. :)
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oneartist22 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2004
thankies again
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Greykitty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Great tut!
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