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Drawing Dragons Tutorial by JazzTheTiger Drawing Dragons Tutorial by JazzTheTiger
It's a really quick/rough one covering some basics but I hope it helps. =]

I really wanna stress the spinal curve, which is also known as an action line, it's especially helpful when you want to have a sense of movement and energy in your poses and can be applied to anything, not just dragons =]
It's better than starting head first, because you can plan its size and place on a page and you'd be able to know when you're gonna run outta room long before the sketch is finished.

Yes, circles and stick limbs do help map out the anatomy. It may look a bit tedious and unnecessary, but they are the foundations/bones on which you build the body on and are helpful to figure out the pose before you go into detail, as well as keeping things in proportion. :D

The bat-like wing IS like a human arm and thus has the same range of movement at its joints as your shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers- think of your fingers being much longer ;)

Again, I hope this is helpful :wave:

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RedOptics Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The wing is really like an arm because the spokes are the fingers and the folding bone acts like a thumb ^^
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CoffeeRaven Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Omg this is amazing! I will defiantly use this! 
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The-Huntress-20 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student General Artist
are the shapes used more to tell how that part can be moved or to give a scence of ware that body part should be?
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Equinox-The-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorials!

Its changed my style and now my art will probably look a lot better the. Before (the little bit on drawing the heads really helped me figure out how to stop over sizing the snout)
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Horseluver3000 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help me alot! *hugs chu then gives you a TFP Bumblebee plushie* Just cuz, THANK YOU!
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phoenix-R-fireheart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
can you do my oc as a dragon former in her dragon form?
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AK-R Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
lol...
why do my "friends" keep saying my dragons look like unicorns when I have never drawn unicorns in my life TT_TT
They say its the back legs, but I copy the hind legs from dogs
wtf...
oh yeah, and the wing part... they said that those flying dinosaurs (Im too lazy to look up the name) their wings were arms with two elongated fingers, so you are SO right :P
aw damn with the hind legs
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DuskWolfAtDawn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first thought:
SO adding this to faves ^w^
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Um, I have a question on the muzzle
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Cosmic-Brownie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG. This is awesome! I just about crapped myself when I saw this in your gallery! I've been looking for a good tutorial, and BOOM, here it is! The only thing that I can't figure out is hind paws because they're so much more different than front paws... got my hind leg issue fixed though!
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xXxFuego Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Thank you for this :3 It's very helpful.

Used it for this [link]
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braggkid9 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! A straight forward tutorial for the problems I need to fix. Thanks.
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Dragon-Mage-Chick Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is going to help out a lot. Thanks for taking the time to make it. ^^
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mememeisme Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
YAY! now i can draw dragons
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Taybrian1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Even with a tutorial, I couldn't draw that if I tried.
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amethystartist83 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Indeed this is quite helpful :3, thanks for posting ^^. Hm, heard of the action line or the spine (line) before. It's where the other lines (representing the to-be limbs and such) intersect and whatnot or all connect to...something like that.
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FrostwindL Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student General Artist
we used to call that method "circle method"
and the sketch process "doodle sketching"
kinda got stuck to it but hey we could do video tutorials
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ShadowDagger Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful. I always have problems in drawing the paws and talons. Hopefully this'll straighten my problems out.
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TwilighttheShadow42 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh... This helps a lot! I already try my best with the face-cross thing and the circle joints, but i never tried the circle joints in the fingers/toes/wings before~! I think that I may use this guide to make better dragons~ I like this picture as well~! :D
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pieaceyedlepord Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
o missed how u drew spyro an cynder
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laraanita Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I tried drawing a dragon the other day, this does look a lot better than starting out with the head like I did. It ended up looking very static and bleh. But now I know better :3
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thaks Jazz..might try some dragon doodles after this guide. Lol I like the little smiley you put at the bottom lol
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scaryprincess Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah! very helpful. XD
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Cyberdragon16 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconhomerwootplz: This helped a lot! TY :D
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Cynder18 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful:D:iconsuperw00tplz:
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SyncTheMutantJackal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I have to say, this will definitely help me. ^^ thanks for putting this up! :heart:
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spasmdragon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
very nice and helpful :)
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