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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 ^^
CoffeeRaven Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Omg this is amazing! I will defiantly use this! 
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?
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)
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!
phoenix-R-fireheart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
can you do my oc as a dragon former in her dragon form?
AK-R Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
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
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
DuskWolfAtDawn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first thought:
SO adding this to faves ^w^
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Um, I have a question on the muzzle
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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