Drawing Lessons : How to Draw Dragons

Drawing Lessons : How to Draw Dragons

Hi I’m Jay French from jayfrenchstudios.com
and I’m going to teach you how to draw a dragon. Well of course from our starting point, there
are essentially, it boils down to three types of dragons. You have the Asian serpentine
dragon which are long, they have no wings, short legs, mostly like a snake, you have
a Wyvern style which is much like a bat where the forelegs are the wings. But we have our
very fun, what we’re going to do here today, is the fore legged mythological, where they’re
all mythological, four legged and winged dragon. Think of a basic lizard shape, your body,
we can start with the rib cage and sort of a couple of ovals. We have the rib cage and
then we have the hind quarter. You always have a long serpentine neck, put a lot of
curvature in to it for drama. We’re going to get some sharp angles, again for dramatic
effect. You want some photo sources, look up some pictures of Komodo dragons and other
types of lizards, they give you some good ideas and how to do some of the body part
shapes. Such as the any, just about any four legged creature has very long front legs,
long and straight whereas there’s a lot more, a lot more joints to the back leg. Toes are
usually done very bird like as opposed to reptilian. Although you can go both ways,
again if you look at the claws on a rafter such as an eagle, and you look at the claws
on a Komodo dragon or other large lizard, monitor lizard, or even some dinosaur bones,
you’ll find the talons very similar. Long serpentine neck, and I’ve got this one curving
around on itself, and of course you’re going to want a tail. This is also again, good looking
monitor lizards for references and dinosaurs, dinosaur restructures or bones. And of course
the really tricky part, the head. And this can be done a lot of ways and however you
like. I tend to like the very sleek look to dragons, where they have a very pointed muzzle
and a little more serpentine. Probably again there is a lot of influence on, on monitor
lizards here, Komodo dragons and the like. I have and affection for doing pupilless on
dragons to make them look more mystical. But if you’re wanting something that looks more
like a real animal, then you might want to do snake like slitted pupils. I tend to give
two very big horns. But you can do it as a single big horn or no horns at all. Some extra
wings around the jaw line gives a nice touch. And then a good series of ridges that start
maybe at the brow ridge or even at the tip of the nose. Go all the way down, this guy’s
twisting his neck so we’re going to come back around here, with the largest across the back
and go all the way down the tail. Again, look at some dinosaur shots for more ideas on this.
And then we have our wings. Wings basically follow a bat wing. They have an elbow and
then essentially fingers, all stem from the same spot. Again this is a good way to get
it to look more like a real animal that way. You can do dragon wings just about anyway
you want really, but they’re depicted lots of different ways. And that’s your basic lesson
in how to draw a dragon.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Drawing Lessons : How to Draw Dragons

  1. Howkezz says:

    Nice one, very good drawing.

  2. Space Pope Tobbs says:

    I gave up on when trying to do the hind legs. I'm heading to an art school next >:L

  3. ChrissyB says:

    i can draw dragons.

  4. Sccurlin says:

    i know im a bit late but could you please send a shot of the finished dragon so i could photoshop some colors in… thankyou and i loved the video

  5. TheFichoman says:

    @blacklawlessd thats a mechanical pencil u can buy it in every stationary store or

  6. Djyudas says:

    Dragons have to wings by the way u r AWESOME

  7. Drawn2L1fe says:

    atleast someone from expertvillage knows how to draw a dragon…unlike the guy before, didn't even know which way an S goes -.-…..

  8. Saqlaint says:

    awesome video, just dont get the wings

  9. Cookies says:

    Watches video without a pencil: Hmmm, okay i can do this
    Watches video and trying to draw it: Looks like a duck with 4 legs, a tail and a broken neck

  10. gill Batten says:

    this guy is like a human printer !

  11. Adam Patterson says:

    mine was worse but i erased like 30 times

  12. Gacrilycs says:

    @Bcmax13 ahhahahaha xD

  13. xNaSTyAlLuSioN says:

    mine looks like a cat slash lizerd

  14. Israel Sika says:

    Thanks bud I alway go to you when i need an idea a tattooing!

  15. Kenpachi Zaraki says:

    That was really good, but I think it's a little annoying, when you draw some details, just like the horns on the head, and the camera turn away up to you, so we sees you and not how your drawing it, it happens in most of your videos. I know some just might say, that I can just draw it after when I see it, but I can't draw things I don't get to see, so for me, it's a bit hard when you do that.

  16. FlashakaViolet says:

    I wish I could draw like that :'3

  17. Pauline RJ says:

    Until 1:50, I thought it looked like a dog xD

  18. MrNBAKobe24 says:

    these tutorials rock

  19. chase says:

    I can't seem to get the talons or the toes.

  20. Se7en8nin3 says:

    @T1reflexes well for the parts you don't see you can make up you're own 😀

  21. III0II1 says:

    can u play games that include dragons and get the ideas from them?

  22. The Art of TK says:

    yo dawg I heard you liked the word serpentine

  23. Alzahra Alkindi says:

    you are so good at drawing!!

  24. Alzahra Alkindi says:

    @rriiuu most likely

  25. Brian Arnold says:

    DAMNIT i cant subscribe on my phone T_T

  26. Dominic Choo says:

    Cool you and mark crilley do the best drawing tutorials others watching this should try mark crilleys how to draw dragons vid like it and subscribe to him

  27. maggie says:

    The head of the Dragon kind of looks like the Hungarian Horntail from Harry Potter that Ron Weasley's brother, Charlie brought over for The Twiward Tournament in the Goblet of Fire (book four). Therefore, I love this drawing. I, myself, am an artist, and really like this picture.

  28. xxibinxixx says:

    When im looking at a picture of what im drawing, i can make mine look almost perfect but whenever im drawing off the top of my head i never seem to get the proportion correct and sometimes forget can certain parts look in general. I've been drawing all my life but have only just started again after years of not doing so. Im not sure how i can get better but i guess i just need to practice and try to remember as much as possible =/

  29. Hanane Jahid says:

    taychbeh ldriss roukh 😀

  30. Inas Lasheen says:

    Are u an artist?

  31. Shine Mew says:


  32. Shine Mew says:

    Also, go Moodragon! He/she knows markcrilley!

  33. CarnageXtreme says:

    Anyone else have the song Trogdor pop into their head while watching this video? XD

  34. Lecodelsur says:

    Thanks for the video, never thought start from other that the head.

  35. Edward V says:

    Good video. I managed to follow allong for the most part. I would of liked to see the final product however.

  36. Butter Glaceon um hai XD says:

    Me, right here.CAN YOU SEE MY WORDS?

  37. YuiKibaKen says:

    Im curious now.. trogdor?

  38. Eric Nguyen says:

    min looks like a dog

  39. Ender jacket says:

    It's a one winged dragon…

  40. vermilliondx says:

    OMG YOU'RE DOING IT ALL WRONG! Consimate V's, and a Beefy arm!

  41. Gaia Resmini says:

    the neck is so hard to draw x(

  42. Ryan Ingle says:

    there is no bottom jaw

  43. Luc Upton Dubé says:

    UR… AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Thanks this vid taught me alot. Could you make a vid on how to draw the scales on a dragon?

  44. Suran329 says:

    So… why has this one only one wing? Poor dragon! :/

  45. Jacob Shelton says:

    Thank you so much i absolutely love dragons and I feel so much better now that i know how to draw one

  46. Aaron Crossling says:

    @Suran329 the other wing was behind the front one

  47. Sir Bob says:

    i have a 0.7 rotring pencil 😛

  48. badyuff says:


  49. Lucia R. says:

    The dragon needed one more wing :(.

  50. creepdad says:

    what about 2 leged dragon

  51. CaptainRooke says:

    You and mark crilley are my favorite people for drawing tutorials X)

  52. Bilal tech says:

    left handed

  53. Nyjal Tsar says:

    This guy seems like the relaxed, world of warcraft playing, role-player kind of guy… I love him!

  54. NaturReise says:

    Damn, he is perfect. All his lines are perfect. He has circles perfect. Professional artist.

  55. Toaster Strudel says:

    They went to this….To uploading a guy drawing ribs -_-

  56. Deadsilence X says:

    Oh man ! This actually can happen to a lot of people it's actually really common,
    You can always done the perfect picture by looking at a really good drawing picture with a lot of details,shades etc. But when you're going to do something that comes of your head you can't actually make it look perfect, you are making a lot of mistakes, sometimes don't even make the picture look good !
    This happens to a lot of people you know 🙂

  57. czarnagwiazda85 says:

    i didn't learn anything… he's just too sexy

  58. CosmincjdrGaming says:

    hehe!! a left hand broather!!!

  59. am says:

    What do you use to draw? You get these nice clean lines, and mine are all….scratchy, I guess you could say.

  60. Eugene Leo says:

    A good drawing is not based on what hand u use! There's no big deal!

  61. Epicscore Eu says:

    it helps to think about elements i draw a fishy/blue-white dragon was kind of cool looking 🙂

  62. samuel simanson says:


  63. Hawaiian Designs says:

    this is similar to the types of dragons that I like to draw, excellent tutorial and great drawing!

  64. Luc Upton Dubé says:

    4…minutes… to…draw…that…

  65. Deea Sings says:

    This is great! I learned a lot from your tutorials. Could you do a tutorial on how to draw a Chinese dragon? 🙂 You are very talented. 😀 Keep up the good work

  66. TheCheeseKing says:

    Expert? Certainly not the close-up cameraman.

  67. Ser Stormcrow says:

    Same. :/

  68. Tyler Gall says:

    Who the fuck films these seriously

  69. ApexPredator says:

    this camera man is ridiculous. you can show the guy at the end and the beggining of the video, while he's drawing we want to see the damn drawing.

  70. Spinelli Spaghetti says:

    why does the screen keep going green???

  71. mousen manner says:

    dude, thats how i am :O

  72. quinton crowley says:

    Thanks for the dragon tutorial and the advice.

  73. upcastmarcus96 says:

    Is anyone ells annoyed that they cut of from the paper from time to time?

  74. carlos Miller Gómez says:

    can you shome how to draw a digimons evolutions

  75. Stephen Boxall says:

    Screw the drawing I want his hair

  76. carlos Miller Gómez says:

    wuat mecanical pencil you ar using

  77. SergeantArxelCone says:

    Damn, he drew that in 5 mintues.

  78. Abbie Deans says:

    is this a good video on how to?? who found it helpful??

  79. Crysta Booth says:


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  81. carlos Miller Gómez says:

    what mecanical pencil ar you usin

  82. ajayp says:

    A video on how to draw dragons or how to watch a dude draw dragons… ._.

  83. carlos Miller Gómez says:

    dier jay french what drawing
    materials do you use

  84. Tiffanie Brooks says:

    Where did you get your pencil

  85. Kashtion Geisen says:

    I drawed it the same and it was my first time drawing it!!!!!!!

  86. hannan alshehry says:

    Amazing 😍😍😍😍

  87. alamela sobieraj says:


  88. Josie Howard says:

    Awesome! 🙂

  89. Jason Ebat says:

    Thanks so much. My first time drawing a dragon, but I added two wings, with one over lapping the other.

  90. leothegoldencheese says:


  91. DartMaster says:

    This is the only good expert village I've seen. This guy is actually really good at drawing.

  92. fenrir lokis son says:

    nice job!

  93. Kaleb Badat says:

    I've realized after months of searching for tips and tricks on how to draw "great" is mainly start with large basic shapes and then move on to more complex and smaller shapes. After watching this and your other videos, I've improved drastically on my drawing skills, after I came to the simple realization.

  94. Itz Diamond says:

    High five your left handed me to 👋

  95. Mind blown says:

    He forgot top fin bottom fin and middle fin

  96. Jack Walsh says:

    what kind of pencil do you use to draw these?

  97. Macnavor says:

    Jesus Christ drawing!!!!

  98. Macnavor says:

    You forgot the sea dragon who doesn't fly but looks like a plesiosaurus!

  99. lo rael says:

    this helped, thank you <3

  100. Dancing0clown says:

    There’s the one with no limbs

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