How to Draw a Dragon Step by Step

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The time has arrived! How to draw a dragon step by step in yet another 'winged lizard-like' drawing lesson. And in this particular one - there's no skimping what-so-ever in the creativity and imagination department!

Here, we've got an Ice Dragon - one that can harness the power of ice to do its bidding. Of course - this is just my take on the creature. Who knows what wonderfully magical powers your dragon will be capable of! And what better time to find out - than right now!!

To the drawing board!


First Step - Map Out the Structure of Your Dragon

When drawing a dragon step by step like this, it often helps to first go about designing the structure - a framework. In as much or as less detail/shapes/lines as you see fit... go ahead and sketch out (using lightly penciled lines!) a structure similar to the one you see below.

Use the examples to help you progress...

How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing a framework How to draw a dragon step by step - adding to the framework How to draw a dragon step by step - adding key details How to draw a dragon step by step - adding details to the framework

Oh - please don't mind the colors by the way! I simply did this so you can more easily visualize the various parts BEFORE you tackle them step by step.

And so... how's your framework looking up to now? Of course - by all means -- if you feel you don't need to 'map things out', then move on forward to the next step. Either way - let's do just that --- onward!

Second Step - Draw the Head, Step by Step

Remember - there's no limit as to just how creative you can get when it comes to drawing dragons. So for sure - just because I draw mine a certain way... don't let that be an excuse for 'tunnel vision' to set in. Keep an open mind, and use the examples to trigger a creative response in yourself. Don't be afraid to try things out - even if it means starting over a few times.

How to draw a dragon step by step - the head...

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Looking pretty scary with the elongated protruding bones/horns doesn't it! Again, get creative. If it's a water dragon - fins. If it's a red or black dragon... smoother horns perhaps? See what you can do! :-)

And then - on to the neck & belly area...

Third Step - Draw the Neck & Belly Area

Next up, go ahead and slowly bring the neck and underbelly of your dragon into view - working from the top down. Plan ahead if you can - no need to go too far with particular lines, if they'll only end up being obscured by another part later on (the claw!).

How to draw a dragon step by step - the neck and belly area...

How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the neck How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the torso How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the belly

Pretty straight forward - yes - and you can see how I made sure not to go too far near the left claw... need some space to draw that part later. Besides - you can always come back and sketch in areas you missed later.

Keep in mind though. If using an eraser is something you're more comfortable with - then of course - do so. Over time, with practice - it becomes easier to 'eye things out' when drawing. So of course... there will be less occasions when you'll need the eraser.

Now then, on to the arms...

Fourth Step - Draw a Dragon Step by Step - Arms!

In drawing the arms of this Ice Dragon - I wanted to be consistent in the style established earlier on - in the head. The sharp protruding spikes, as you can see above and below - become part of this dragon's 'unique trademark look'. It makes the process all the more enjoyable as you get to continuously incorporate these features into each part of the dragon - in some way.

How to draw a dragon step by step - the arms...

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If you're using a framework - you can see how the shapes maintain proportion and position, allowing you to more easily focus on creativity (less left-brain at work!). In time... with practice... the use of 'a framework' isn't always necessary as the forms your drawings take on are remembered through repetition.

OK then, let's keep moving!

Fifth Step - Draw Your Dragon's Legs Step by Step

Beginning with the knee caps - given our dragon's crouched stance... mirror the same style (if you so choose) reflecting the shoulders and head. Something uniquely yours of course!

How to draw a dragon step by step - the legs...

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Looking pretty neat up to this point. Sure - it's lots of work - er... detail!... but then again - that's one of the reasons dragons are so adored. Magical in one way - due to their magnificently unique designs.

Almost done now... let's get going with the wings and tail!

Sixth Step - How to Draw a Dragon Step by Step's Body

Alright. Using the examples below - go ahead and draw in the wings and tail of your dragon, as they would appear in/around/behind the various parts of the beast you've already drawn up until now.

How to draw a dragon step by step - the wings and tail...

How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the wings How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the lower wings How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the tail spikes How to draw a dragon step by step - drawing the tail

Pretty complex-looking! Yikes. But guess what! It's just about time to add some color. And really - minus any underlying lightly sketched pencil lines (not crazy bright like mine!) the color - especially when it comes to dragons - is what'll make all the difference in your drawings.

Now then... let's take a look at the final drawing - colored and all.

Final Step - Your Finished - Colored, Ice(?) Dragon

Ice or whichever route you decided to go - give your dragon some color. And of course, do take your time and enjoy it. It's a long journey up to this point, but really - the color will do all the good imaginable. :-)

Here's an enlarged version of both the final 'lined' drawing, along with the colored version to follow...

How to draw a dragon step by step - final linework
How to draw a dragon step by step cartoon picture

Pretty fun, and pretty darn neat too! And depending on the type of dragon you created... yours will take on an entirely different persona - colors, weapons, details, etc.

And now you're finished. Learning how to draw a dragon step by step like this - can surely be a lot of work. But as I'm sure you've found for yourself -- it's definitely worth it!

Congrats on an excellent job, and on your new dragon drawing.