How To Draw A Cartoon Dragon

by onepagearticles

Learn to draw a Cartoon Dragon idea step by step. Be inspired and have fun drawing a Cartoon Dragon design With this art tutorial.

Draw A Cartoon Dragon

How to draw a Cartoon Dragon idea. Here we have one possible idea although I didn't draw any wings on it this time around, but really the idea is there to be followed and be inspired by. As usual with other cartoon drawing tutorials like Drawing a Cat and Sketching a Dog we have step by step images to follow every step of the way and I'll have a video link which you can pause all the steps that way if you wish too.

With Dragons you can take a lot of inspiration from real life reptiles particularly Lizards and you can also use a Dogs head (The ones with a long face!) or even a Horsees head as a reference for the shape of your imaginative Dragons head. When you start to draw in a Cartoon art style you leave out lots of detail and just focus on the design if you can and this step by step drawing tutorial will give you a few pointers.

Below, we start off sketching a few lines and shapes for the head and body and then we crack on with the drawing process, take a look....

Also remember to hover over the images to see full captions....

Beginning The Sketch Stages

Sketching A Cartoon Dragon From Scratch
Sketch A Curve For The Back Of Your Dragon
Sketch A Curve For The Back Of Your D...
Draw The Underbelly Of The Cartoon Dragon
Draw The Underbelly Of The Cartoon Dr...
Start To Sketch A Leg
Start To Sketch A Leg
Draw A Really Light Head Outline
Draw A Really Light Head Outline
Try And Refine Your Dragons Head
Try And Refine Your Dragons Head
Define The Shape Of The Underbelly
Define The Shape Of The Underbelly
Bubble Like Curved Lines Go All The Way To The Tail
Bubble Like Curved Lines Go All The W...
Then Draw Fin Like Shapes On The Back Of The Dragon
Then Draw Fin Like Shapes On The Back...
Continue With This Until You Reach The Tail
Continue With This Until You Reach Th...

Pushing On With The Dragon Design

Sketching Dragon Details

Eyes and all the other things that make up the Dragon can be sketched at any stage and you can add and refine the shapes of your Dragon head and body as you go along. Darkening the pencil lines help make them look clearer so you can ink them later on.

Continue To Sketch And Add More Small Details

Darken And Define Those Pencil Lines
Straighten Dragons Back Under The Fins
Straighten Dragons Back Under The Fins
Now Draw Curved Lines On The Belly
Now Draw Curved Lines On The Belly
Work More On The Legs Add Some Claws Too
Work More On The Legs Add Some Claws Too
Sketch A Few Scaly Details Just To Suggest...
Sketch A Few Scaly Details Just To Su...
Draw Some Scales Around The Mouth
Draw Some Scales Around The Mouth
Finish The Scales And Reshape Any Part On The Head At This Stage
Finish The Scales And Reshape Any Par...

Draw Over Your Drawing With An Ink Pen

Ink Your Dragon Art

I always use Gel ink pens because they are also affordable and simple to use. The ink usually flows good although over certain pencil types it clogs them, but generally speaking they are still good ink pens to use. But Sharpies are cool to ink with and they come in all shapes of tips from fine to broad tip and they are permanent too if you fancy drawing on a different surface other than paper.

When it comes to the inking stage, I don't like to add too much detail on a Cartoon drawing as then it will look like a comic book drawing or something more complicated. Instead just try to improve the pencil lines on the inking stage because once you've inked it, that's it! You'll have to live with it.

 

Ink Your Drawing Now

Cartoon Dragon Gets Inked
Ink And Erase Pencil Lines
Ink And Erase Pencil Lines
Ink The Whole Cartoon Dragon Pencil Sketch
Ink The Whole Cartoon Dragon Pencil S...

The Coloring Process

Color With Colored Pencils The Crayola Twistables

Here I have colored my Dragon idea with Crayola Twistables as they are cheap and therefore a good reason to buy them. They are great for using blending techniques with the color range and you only need a few of them to do this Dragon!

  • A Dark Green for the skin
  • A light Green for the skin
  • And a Yellow for the highlights on the skin.

Of course there are other colors of Dragon that you could consider so don't feel limited in any way, because there are Red Dragons, Purple Dragons and even ones with Polka Dots on them I'm sure! The way you draw and color these Cartoon Dragons is entirely up to you in the end as this may only inspire you to draw and then there's no stopping you from then on.

Draw something Cartoony today! It's Fun, I promise!

Coloring In A Cartoon Dragon

Color With Crayola Twistables
Start To Add Dark Green Leaving space around the egdes like so...
Start To Add Dark Green Leaving space...
Continue To Add Dark Green Like Above
Continue To Add Dark Green Like Above
Now Start To Color Some Light Green Over The Tail Leaving Some More White Space As Above
Now Start To Color Some Light Green O...
Continue With The Light Green All The Way Through The Dragon's Body
Continue With The Light Green All The...
Top Tip - Don't Be Afraid To Turn The Paper To Get A Good Angle For Coloring
Top Tip - Don't Be Afraid To Turn The...
Now Start To Color Yellow On Any Remaining White Gaps And Spaces And Color Over Som Of The Green Too To Blend Together
Now Start To Color Yellow On Any Rema...
Color The Yellow All Through The Dragon Drawing
Color The Yellow All Through The Drag...
All Finished
All Finished
Add Your Artists Signature
Add Your Artists Signature
Updated: 02/02/2012, onepagearticles
 
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onepagearticles on 02/04/2012

Cheers now! A Bit hit and miss this one for me...glad that you and others may like it!

TerriRexson on 02/04/2012

My son really enjoys drawing and loves dragons, I'll have to show him this and see what he can do.

onepagearticles on 02/02/2012

Thanks! Takes awhile to upload each photo one by one...but I like doing these cartoony pics! cheers!

Angel on 02/02/2012

Ok. This one is my favorite. Forget the cat and the dog.. we are doing the dragon. LOL. I enjoy your pages so much..

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