Dragonart: How to Draw Fantastic Dragons and Fantasy Creatures
How to Draw a Dragon: "Cautiously approach the dragon, offer it a piece of candy or a little sister, and draw while it happily munches away."
From the artist behind the wildly popular NeonDragonArt.com, DragonArt will help you create mythical beasts that awe, delight, and disturb the sweet dreams of little ones. Armed only with your trusty pencil and ink pen, you will begin your artistic quest by conquering a super-easy dragon that even the densest of wyvern could draw. With pace quickened by this cool achievement, you shall forge bravely onward to discover simple secrets and spiffy tricks for making your creature friendly or fierce, sorrowful or cynical—drawing them from all different perspectives, in flight or at rest (so vain, those dragons—they love to strike a pose!) and incorporating various styles of heads, limbs, wings, horns, frills, scales, tails and other details to make your particular beast original, believable and so darn groovy.
Because dragons enjoy having others around to terrorize, disembowel and occasionally hang out with, this book will also teach you how you to populate your alternate universe with a whole cast of fantastic creatures, including mythical griffins, guardian gargoyles and deadly basilisks.
All this within the curiously compelling, beautifully beastly, and brightly colored pages you hold in your hands, which by now are no doubt trembling with keen anticipation. So quit dragon your feet! (Ugh, wyrms hate puns!) Buy this book now and make your wildest, wickedest, fire-breathingest fantasies come true!
little ruffle in the fur, a highlight in the eye, a scale on the nose—it’s the little details that make the dragon believable. 11‹ › Erase the under-drawing and any boo-boos that may have happened along the way. 12‹ › 70 This blue dragon heralds the coming spring. If you’re going for more of a celestial dragon, try golds and oranges. A river dragon or wind spirit may look better with blues and greens. A treasure-hoarder may look really slick in black or red. Color your dragon until it
Add ridges along the spiral. Each segment wraps around the form like a tube. Pull the horn’s edge into the middle of the horn itself to indicate overlap. The shading will support the horn more then the line work. The light source comes from the upper right. Use a ragged edge where the skin meets the horn. Make your edges rough and make each ridge form a bump and a divot along the outline. 2 › ‹ 3 › ‹ Give each bump and ridge a shadow and highlight. Emphasize the overlap where the tip
Circular Softies A series of round shapes will yield a friendly, soft-looking dragon. Repeating the shapes throughout the creature will continue this look. Note: These are the dragons that sit still when fed candy. 21 Triangular Terrors Triangles and diamonds will give you a harsher, more evil-looking wyrm. Sharp angles are great for serpentine dragons. Note: These dragons pose best when fed younger siblings. Box-Like Battle Dragons Dragons built of boxes are solid, massive-looking creatures.
later on. Markers are not always the best solution either because they are very susceptible to bleeding. Many art stores carry disposable technical pens that are ideal for starting out with inks. They are fairly cheap, come in different colors and are easy to use. Add some flesh to the rest of the leg. Clean up any construction lines with a soft eraser. Before you begin shading or coloring, decide whether the paw is furry, scaled or covered in leathery hide. Texture affects how light and
you would a real animal. Think about the bones, the joints and the muscles underneath the skin. Remembering the bone structure is especially important when drawing the head, wings and body. You do not want your dragon’s body to be a flat tube—you want to show hints of a rib cage and the way the belly sucks in as it moves to the pelvis. Your dragon needs sockets for its eyes to set in instead of having them pasted flatly on the outside of the head. Remember the muscles of your dragon, too!