Description: Time to draw a realistic dragon! I am including a few of my concept sketches in addition to the actual tutorial in order to make this tutorial a bit more helpful. I hope you'll indeed enjoy this tutorial on "how to draw a realistic dragon, step by step. Let's get started!
Description: Now start adding in some details. This is where all of those concept sketches come in handy. The head is ls greatly influenced by the second to last concept sketch. If you have trouble thinking of ideas for your dragon, draw inspiration from real animals. I suggest checking out images of alligator snapping turtles, lizards, and even dinosaur conceptions for ideas.
Description: Using a tissue or a tortillion lightly blend in some shadows. The main light source here will be the flame so shade accordingly. No need to get too detailed yet. Just a few hints at shading here and there will do.
Description: Add in the darkest shadows first and work your way up in value to the lighter shades. This is probably the hardest step since you have to imagine where each shadow would be and how the light is hitting the form. You will have to imagine in three dimensions instead of two to do this step.
Description: After you have your shading in you can start adding details. Add some scales here and there, define the nails a bit, and start fixing anything that looks a little off to you. You can also define the dragon's outline more now.
Description: And here is our dragon after adding some more details and shading! I hope this was helpful. Sorry for the bad photo quality. I will upload a scanned version into my gallery as soon as I can!
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