First off. We need to decide what our dragon is going to look like and what pose he or she will be in.
first thing is to doodle out a thumbnail image. this is just a scribbly drawing to get an idea on paper to work from.
Here's the thumbnail image I doodled out for this project.
At this point we don't really care how good our dragon is. We just want to get something onto paper that we can refer to when we start the real drawing!
Step 1: Start Our DRAGON! Line of Action
Along this line I've done circles to start where our dragon's head, nose, chest and stomach will eventually be. This helps you get an overall feel to see how things will come together as you draw. Don't be afraid to scribble as much as you want at this point. We'll Clean up what we don't use later on.
Step 2: Flesh Out Your Dragon
Just add and edit as you draw.. at this point we're doing everything in pencil!
I do all the body shapes with circles and then add details later.
Step 3: Add in Your Dragon's Details.
Here I've added in the body lines and cleaned up some of the edges.
This is still in pencil so we can change or modify as needed
Step 4: Time to Clean Up Our Dragon's Image!
(they're not all mean violent brutes!)
Actually We're going to ink our drawing. There are several ways to do this....
In my early drawing days I'd turn the drawing over... take a pencil and scribble a black area all over the opposite side of the drawing... then I'd lay the drawing on a clean piece of paper and trace the image. the pressure would cause the graphite from the black area to transfer a copy of the drawing I traced... kinda like a poor mans carbon paper.... I didn't use carbon paper because it wont erase. the resulting image on the clean paper would then be traced with a black fine tip sharpie. However later I got a lightbox. This makes cleaning up an image much easier!!
See the images below...
Step 5: Complete the Inking Process.
You'll need a broader tip sharpie for this..
We're just going to outline the outer edges of the dragon drawing with our broad tip sharpie.
Step 6: Now It's Time for a DragonScan
With this drawing we're going to do the rest of our work in the digital realm!
We need to get a clean line art image into our image editor so we can color and shade it.
Step 7: Giving Our Dragon a Digital Makeover Starts Here
this is easily done by adjusting the image brightness to almost full and pulling the contrast to full
Step 8: Convert Our Image to Color
Step 9: Time to Give Our Dragon Some Color!
We need to pick a good shade of green!
See the image..
Step 10: Start Painting Your Wagon.. I Mean Dragon!
at this point you're going to find holes in your drawing that will let color fill parts it shouldn't.. when you do you need to pick a small black pencil brush and fill in the holes
then refill the part that shouldn't be filled with white.
Repeat this process as you color the dragon...
Step 11: Now Our Dragon Is Flat-colored
We need to give him some depth!
Read on to the next step!
Step 12: Color Shading Our Dragon
Plus it also just makes em look cooler!!
We have to use the select tool and pick each part and shade it individually.
See the images below for details.
Step 13: Shading and Finishing...
Step 14: All Done!
See the images below for the finished dragon and a side by side image of the dragon with his shading removed and set beside him so you can see how the shading helps!
I hope you have enjoyed Drawing a dragon with me!