Saturday, December 11, 2010

How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon

Although it may look complicated, learning how to draw a cartoon dragon is simple and fun. Once you’ve mastered drawing a cartoon dragon, you can sketch these cute, cuddly creatures cruising through the sky, perched on a mountaintop, or lounging near a lagoon.

How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon
Learn how to draw this cartoon dragon.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw the above cartoon dragon. You can draw this friendly dragon freehand while looking at your computer monitor or print out this page to get a closer look at each step.

Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray. Here, we'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it.

How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon

Step 1: Draw a large pear-shaped body. Sketch an oval for the snout. Above it, add a partial circle for the head. Use two ovals to show the hands.

Draw two long ovals for the feet. Sketch four curved lines for the legs. Add the comma-shaped tail.

How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon

Step 2: Use ovals (some partial) for the fingers and toes. To show part of the arms, use a U-shape and long J-shape (both upside-down). Attach a short line to one thumb.

Draw an oval and two short curved lines for the mouth. For the nose, use two partial circles and two J-shapes lying on their sides. Add upside-down V-shaped ears. Form U-shaped brow lines.

How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon

Step 3: Sketch partial circles for the eyes. Draw the curved inner ear lines. Use comma-shaped eyebrows. Create teardrop-shaped nostrils. Outline the bottom and the left and right sides of the jaw with short curved lines.

Form two long curved lines down the belly and along the tail. Add claws using thick comma-shaped figures and curved V-shapes. Finish the forefinger on your left with a short line.

To draw a cartoon dragon, add check marks for eyelids. Draw pupils, irises, U-shaped teeth, scales, and the knees.

Step 4: For eyelids, use two check marks. Draw pupils and irises using four lines. Connect U-shapes along the back of the head. Place a curve under these fins. Draw U-shaped teeth.

Form J-shaped, U-shaped, and W-shaped scales. Draw lines along the belly and tail. Connect the tail to the leg on your right with a line. Use two squiggly lines for the knees.

To finish drawing a cartoon dragon, darken the pupils, eyebrows, and nostrils. Add shadow lines to the cartoon dragon’s palms.

Step 5: Darken the pupils, eyebrows, and nostrils. Add shadow lines to the palms of the hands.

Your dragon looks like he's ready to fly. And handsome too! By now you should be a bit more confident with your drawing skills.

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