Do you think you could give some pointers as to how to draw dragons? I'm stuck whenever I try and the anatomy and proportions never seems to line up.
That’s the fun part about dragons though - you can throw anatomy out the window for the most part because there’s no specific one way to draw them.
[I made this at 3am and forgot about it in my drafts, so please let me know if you want clarification on a specific thing]
I like to push for variety and variation with dragons. The most common dragon we usually see is a Western Dragon; long neck, spikes, webbed wings, horns on their head. [you can probably picture one from pop culture based on that reference alone]
But that doesn’t have to be the only way to draw dragons. There are also Wyverns, Eastern Orientals, Hyrdas, Serpents, and more. Play around with the body and faces of dragons to make them a bit more unique and give them more personality and don’t be afraid to make them look “ugly”, they could end up pretty badass.
Dragons can have a wide variety of body types. These can vary from proper quadruped legs to bipedal with a weight offset. Front legs can be shorter than back legs, or they can even resemble real-life animals with “dragony” features.
If you’re worried about proportioning, try breaking up your dragon’s body. I’ll use the Body Type + Appearance Dragons as examples;
Large: 33% Head // 33% Body // 33% Tail // [1% Extra/Pudge hehe]
Skinny: 10% Head // 20% Neck // 25% Body // 45% Tail
Lean: 10% Head // 20% Neck // 35% Body // 35% Tail
Bipedal: 10% Head // 40% Body // 50% Tail
With wings, you’re going to want them to be larger than your dragon’s body [unless they’re earthbound, in which case they can be tiny] Ideal wings are usually as long as your dragons body without the tail.
If you’re struggling with wings, I often break them up into two or three parts. Consider it to be like your arm, going from bicep to forearm to hand and fingers. Note that the Butterfly wings seen above don’t use this same method and are one solid piece.
If you’re designing a dragon, consider where they live or what they’ll be doing. Oceanic dragon? Try webbed hands or fins. Earthbound dragon? Give them big, powerful claw-paws so they can dig through the toughest of dirt. Again, there’s no right way to draw a dragon, so have fun with it!
The largest of her three was shiny black, his scales slashed with streaks of vivid scarlet to match his wings and horns. “Khaleesi,” Aggo murmured, “there sits Balerion, come again.” “It may be as you say, blood of my blood,” Dany replied gravely, “but he shall have a new name for this new life. (…) "The black,” she said, “is Drogon.”
Today’s monster Girl is Black Fatalis from Monster Hunter!
Crimson and white Fatalis variants will come soon!
I recall taking the quest thiking “well, caravan crimson fatalis wasn’t that hard, should be okay and then being brutally shot down : “ok… now THAT is a fatalis!”
Each time I begin a MH drawing I think “let’s do it quick like a speedpainting” and I end up spending more time each time XD. The sad thing is I’m not even intending to make nsfw-ish thing and I added this smoke that is hiding something I didn’t even drew, but I guess we can have different perceptions. XD.
Goblins and wizards shrieked and ran for cover, and finally the dragon had room to stretch its wings: turning its horned head towards the cool outside air it could smell beyond the entrance, it took off, and with Harry, Ron, and Hermione still clinging to its back, it forced its way through the metal doors, leaving them buckled and hanging from their hinges as it staggered into Diagon Alley and launched itself into the sky.