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How To Draw Your Dragon by LittleFireDragon How To Draw Your Dragon by LittleFireDragon

This is my guide to dragon anatomy. It is not a traditional tutorial that shows you step-by-step, "here's how to draw this picture of a dragon", because nobody ever learned anything from that, and if they did it was from subconsciously doing what I'm skipping to here.
You see, a tutorial that walks you through but never explains doesn't teach you how to draw, it teaches you how to copy. To truly draw, you need to learn to See. Seeing is understanding how something works, so you can picture it in your head and understand how it all connects. For animals, this requires you to know how the bones work.
Thus, I've shown a reference, rather than a how-to guide. I've explained in detail, and hopefully by my explanations and good old observation, you'll be able to figure it out.
Give a man a tutorial, he'll fill a page. Give him a reference and he'll fill a sketchbook.

One more thing: practice. I took years to get this good. You won't get there overnight. Deal with it. Just keep trying.

Note: Should be antorbital fenestra. I keep typing anti for some reason.

Part 1: Basics
Part 2: Skull
Part 3: Eyes
Part 4: Basic Flesh
Part 5-1: Back Legs
Part 5-2: Front Legs
Part 6-1: Bat Wings
Part 7: Torso

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misakikinuta Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i looked at this for 20 seconds to figure out the basic skull of the dragon im supposed to draw and already ive improved! Thank you for making this, long-term im sure it has beautiful results!
LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it helped!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat tutorial, the wings are the Key bit for me
LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an extended tutorial on wings here:…
:) Glad it helped!
Verysuperawsumdood Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thanks for the basic guide, this will likely be pretty helpful when I begin on my dragon sketches. :)
LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to be of service. :)
LoudlyWhispering Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I like it. This will certainly help me with my dragons. And nice pun, by the way. :)
LittleFireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Thanks. :)
MeganKoss Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Photographer
This is brilliant! Call me crazy but I believe Dragons could have existed! Because its anatomy is possible! :) This also helps me LOADS with drawing them! Thank youuuu :) 
Dv02 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I have a firm belief that humans will make dragons, once we have enough genetic research from most animals, like the R-Rex, Horse, and perhaps a hawk, with a bit of human cranial DNA to make it intelligent. It night not be able to breath fire or fly (on the first try), but with the leaps in medical advances we have (designer babies are possible now, just not allowed on ethnic grounds)... Of course, I think starting with a unicorn would be easier. Because one day a bored scientist will say, "why not?"
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