Drawing Lessons : How to Draw Dragons

Drawing Lessons : How to Draw Dragons

Hi I’m Jay French from jayfrenchstudios.com
and I’m going to teach you how to draw a dragon. Well of course from our starting point, there
are essentially, it boils down to three types of dragons. You have the Asian serpentine
dragon which are long, they have no wings, short legs, mostly like a snake, you have
a Wyvern style which is much like a bat where the forelegs are the wings. But we have our
very fun, what we’re going to do here today, is the fore legged mythological, where they’re
all mythological, four legged and winged dragon. Think of a basic lizard shape, your body,
we can start with the rib cage and sort of a couple of ovals. We have the rib cage and
then we have the hind quarter. You always have a long serpentine neck, put a lot of
curvature in to it for drama. We’re going to get some sharp angles, again for dramatic
effect. You want some photo sources, look up some pictures of Komodo dragons and other
types of lizards, they give you some good ideas and how to do some of the body part
shapes. Such as the any, just about any four legged creature has very long front legs,
long and straight whereas there’s a lot more, a lot more joints to the back leg. Toes are
usually done very bird like as opposed to reptilian. Although you can go both ways,
again if you look at the claws on a rafter such as an eagle, and you look at the claws
on a Komodo dragon or other large lizard, monitor lizard, or even some dinosaur bones,
you’ll find the talons very similar. Long serpentine neck, and I’ve got this one curving
around on itself, and of course you’re going to want a tail. This is also again, good looking
monitor lizards for references and dinosaurs, dinosaur restructures or bones. And of course
the really tricky part, the head. And this can be done a lot of ways and however you
like. I tend to like the very sleek look to dragons, where they have a very pointed muzzle
and a little more serpentine. Probably again there is a lot of influence on, on monitor
lizards here, Komodo dragons and the like. I have and affection for doing pupilless on
dragons to make them look more mystical. But if you’re wanting something that looks more
like a real animal, then you might want to do snake like slitted pupils. I tend to give
two very big horns. But you can do it as a single big horn or no horns at all. Some extra
wings around the jaw line gives a nice touch. And then a good series of ridges that start
maybe at the brow ridge or even at the tip of the nose. Go all the way down, this guy’s
twisting his neck so we’re going to come back around here, with the largest across the back
and go all the way down the tail. Again, look at some dinosaur shots for more ideas on this.
And then we have our wings. Wings basically follow a bat wing. They have an elbow and
then essentially fingers, all stem from the same spot. Again this is a good way to get
it to look more like a real animal that way. You can do dragon wings just about anyway
you want really, but they’re depicted lots of different ways. And that’s your basic lesson
in how to draw a dragon.

100 thoughts on “Drawing Lessons : How to Draw Dragons

  1. i know im a bit late but could you please send a shot of the finished dragon so i could photoshop some colors in… thankyou and i loved the video

  2. atleast someone from expertvillage knows how to draw a dragon…unlike the guy before, didn't even know which way an S goes -.-…..

  3. Watches video without a pencil: Hmmm, okay i can do this
    Watches video and trying to draw it: Looks like a duck with 4 legs, a tail and a broken neck

  4. That was really good, but I think it's a little annoying, when you draw some details, just like the horns on the head, and the camera turn away up to you, so we sees you and not how your drawing it, it happens in most of your videos. I know some just might say, that I can just draw it after when I see it, but I can't draw things I don't get to see, so for me, it's a bit hard when you do that.

  5. Cool you and mark crilley do the best drawing tutorials others watching this should try mark crilleys how to draw dragons vid like it and subscribe to him

  6. The head of the Dragon kind of looks like the Hungarian Horntail from Harry Potter that Ron Weasley's brother, Charlie brought over for The Twiward Tournament in the Goblet of Fire (book four). Therefore, I love this drawing. I, myself, am an artist, and really like this picture.

  7. When im looking at a picture of what im drawing, i can make mine look almost perfect but whenever im drawing off the top of my head i never seem to get the proportion correct and sometimes forget can certain parts look in general. I've been drawing all my life but have only just started again after years of not doing so. Im not sure how i can get better but i guess i just need to practice and try to remember as much as possible =/

  8. UR… AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Thanks this vid taught me alot. Could you make a vid on how to draw the scales on a dragon?

  9. Oh man ! This actually can happen to a lot of people it's actually really common,
    You can always done the perfect picture by looking at a really good drawing picture with a lot of details,shades etc. But when you're going to do something that comes of your head you can't actually make it look perfect, you are making a lot of mistakes, sometimes don't even make the picture look good !
    This happens to a lot of people you know 馃檪

  10. This is great! I learned a lot from your tutorials. Could you do a tutorial on how to draw a Chinese dragon? 馃檪 You are very talented. 馃榾 Keep up the good work

  11. this camera man is ridiculous. you can show the guy at the end and the beggining of the video, while he's drawing we want to see the damn drawing.

  12. I've realized after months of searching for tips and tricks on how to draw "great" is mainly start with large basic shapes and then move on to more complex and smaller shapes. After watching this and your other videos, I've improved drastically on my drawing skills, after I came to the simple realization.

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