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Learn to Draw a Dragon Head || Procreate

teacher avatar Emiline F, Cosplayer / Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      ‘Here There Be Dragons’


    • 3.

      Base Sketch


    • 4.

      Detailed Sketch


    • 5.

      Inking & Coloring


    • 6.

      Shading & Highlights


    • 7.

      Recap & Class Project


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In this class, you’ll learn how to draw a dragon head using the app Procreate. We’ll start by learning the basics of dragons, then move on to your base sketch, and then from there all the way to coloring and shading! You don’t need to use Procreate to complete this class, although I would recommend you have at least a basic understanding of whatever drawing program or medium you decide to use.

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Emiline F

Cosplayer / Artist


Hey there! My name’s Emiline, and I’m a cosplayer and artist who’s been creating Skillshare classes for several years now. I enjoy crafting new costumes and props, as well as always expanding my skills in drawing. I have different classes that focus on both cosplay and drawing, and I hope you’ll check them out! If you want to find more of my cosplay content online, my cosplay name across the web is Winterstar Cosplay.


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1. Intro: you guys and welcome to my sculpture class in this class. I'm going to keep you how to draw a dragon head from start to finish. We'll start with the basics, drawing simple shapes, help to find your dragon and then moving on to adding details, inking coloring, shading and just adding all the final touches. If it seems intimidating, don't worry. I'll be walking you through every step of the process for the class project. You'll be falling along with me to draw your very own dragon. You can either follow exactly what I'm drawing or a drone unique touches. It's totally up to you and I can't wait, see what you guys come up with. So move onto the next video. Let's jump right into this class. 2. ‘Here There Be Dragons’: Hey, guys. Glad to see that you're still here before we can start. Drawing are actual dragon. There's a little bit you need to know about dragons first. The main thing being they are, of course, fictional. So you can pretty much make them look like whatever you want. It could be big, Small, cute, majestic, scary on inspiring. It's all up to you and what you want. You're dragging toe look like pretty much the sky is the limit. I'm only going to be showing you how to draw one particular kind of dragon kind of amore, standard Western style dragon. But you couldn't change or add to that to make it pretty much whatever you want. This is your dragon, and it's up to you what it looks like before we start. I just want to mention one more. Think I'm going to be using the at procreate on the iPad to draw this dragon, But you couldn't use pretty much any drawing program or even just a pencil and paper. It all depends on what your preferences. So, without further ado, let's get right in and start drawing 3. Base Sketch: all right, so I just have procreate open here and you can go ahead instead of whatever drawing program where tools your run for using, and then we can go ahead and start to start off. You'll want to draw simple circle. This will be the base for your dragon's head. After that, you'll draw a little boxy shaped sort of slanting of the top connecting to it and then a long, curving shape coming up for the back. This will be its fine kind of the back of its neck. Starting out with these more simple shapes and then building up from their helps. You decide what kind of dragon you're going to be drawing and where you can add on all the details, too. It's important to decide what type of dragon we're going to be drawn kind of early on, in the process than thes basic shapes that you draw will be more accurate to what you want the finished product to be. Now, when I say that I don't mean that you should have every single step planned out from the very beginning, at least for me. It's a very creative process, and what I want changes throughout the drawing. Of course, everyone's creative drawing process is different, so if you want to play out every single step than that's totally up to you, if you want to completely wing it and just see what you come up with, awesome, let's do it even just for me. How I plan on my drawings changes from drawing to drawing some. I have planned out exactly what I want to happen from the very beginning. Others I kind of just figure it out as they go along. Either way is totally fine. Anyway, let's get back to the drawing a hand. As you can see, I kind of just penciled in some more simple shapes, like the horns, the years part of the chest. You don't want to do anything too complicated yet just kind of showing where you want all of the other aspects of the drawing to be placed. Once you've kind of penciled in all of your basic shapes and forms of the dragon, then let's go ahead and move on to the next video 4. Detailed Sketch: All right, welcome back. So for this video, we're going to be adding the rest of the details to the dragon, doing all the things that make it not just look like a bunch of random shapes and actually look like a dragon. When I'm doing this step, I like to make a second layer on top of the first sketch and also use a different color so that it's easier for me to distinguish the two first through this dragon head. I'm kind of defining the head more as well as the jaw and the mouth. From there, we can kind of move onto adding other details, like the nose, the eyes, details to the horns. This step is just all about fleshing out what we have already drawn and adding more details and interest to the rest of the dragon. Once you finished adding details to the head portion of the dragon, let's move on to the neck for a lot of my dragons. I like to add larger scales along the back of the neck, then layer smaller scales along the rest of them until I get to the chest, where I typically do again. Larger scales as it adds more diversity and interest to the dragon. Once you finish adding all the scales, then you can move on to do all of the finishing details like spines, touch ups. Any other final adjustments that you need to make to the sketch. Once you feel like you're done, sit back and take a good look at your drawing. See if there's anything you feel like you want to change or adjust a good tool to do this can be flipping the canvas, since looking at your drawing from a different perspective can help you see things that you might not have otherwise. Once you feel like you finished your sketch, let's move on to the next video where we will begin inking are drawing. 5. Inking & Coloring: Hey, guys, welcome back from the state here. We're going to begin with thinking and end with coloring for my Anqing. I like to use the studio pen, so of course you could use anything that you want. Before you start thinking, make sure that you have another layer on top of any previous layers so that you don't mess up any of your sketch. Something else to remember is that lines that are on the outside of your drawing, like the edges and the margins are typically thicker, while detail lines tend to be thinner, so you draw more attention to the more important parts you can't see. It is obviously here, but when you ADM or line thickness diversity, you add more interest to your drawing. Since this next part is pretty straightforward, I'm going to speed it up some. The main thing that you need to keep in mind while inking is to Onley Inc. The lines that you want to keep. If you made any mistakes in your sketch, you don't need to think those just the final lines. I like my Leinart be pretty clean. That's just a personal preference. And if you prefer your liner to be kind of on the messier side. That's perfectly fine. Okay, so once I finish my main liner, I go back and correct any small mistakes I might have made or add any final details or small touches that I wanted. Ad finished result. Remember when earlier I mentioned flicking the canvas? That's a good tool to use when you're finishing up thinking as well, just so you could make sure everything looks the way you want it to. If you haven't finished your thinking yet, now would be a good time to positivity would do that, since now we're going to moving on to coloring. I'm going to be using the hard airbrush tool to color my dragon. But you couldn't use whatever you want, whether you're on paper and use color pencils or marker, or whether you're drawing digitally and just want to try something else. Also make sure that you make another layer. I like to make separate layers for each of my different colors, all underneath the lineup player. This helps me keep everything organized and always be able to find the color I want to work on. I'm also speeding up some of the cooling process here. But don't worry if I'm going too fast, you can always pause it and work at your own pace. As you can see, I'm just coloring the edges right now. So then I conceal all of the cracks and then fill in color all at once. This saves time, since honestly filling in the whole thing by hand would just take way too long. As I've been coloring, you may have noticed that I tend to switch my colors around alive. It's hard for me to decide on a color palette to you, so a lot of the time it changes as I go along for this drag, and I wanted to do something more simple. So we're sticking with green for the main color. When you add in the other colors, make sure you make another layer underneath the 1st 1 So that way, it's just easier to fill it in and keeps the color separate. With this next color as well, you could see that I'm having a bit of a hard time deciding on the exact shade to use as well. There are so many colors in so many different ways to use them that it's too much to go over in this class, since I wanted to focus more on just the actual drawing of a dragon. But some general rules are just to make sure that your colors all fit together in some way well, whether they're all similar or they just looked good together. And also, please don't use super bright neon colors. It doesn't look good, and it'll just attract from the rest of your drawing. If you're having a hard time coming up with color ideas, try looking at nature or what other people have done. You can really find some good ideas anyway. At this point, I'm almost done coloring my dragon. If you haven't finished yet, that's totally fine. Finish up coloring and then we'll move on to the next video, where I'll be talking about shading and highlighting 6. Shading & Highlights: Hey, guys. So in this video, we're going to be covering shading and highlighting two things that really make your drawing pop. One of the first things you'll want to do when you're adding shadows and highlights is decide where your light is coming from is coming from on top in front, behind where the light is, will decide where the shadows fall and where the highlights fall, so it's very important to figure out where your light is coming from. Pretty soon I didn't mention this step while I was doing it. But before I add shadows, I like to make another layer on top of the color. I'm adding shadows to then I added clipping mask. That way I will only color on the color matting shadows, too. Right now, I'm adding shadows to the edges of each individual scale. You don't have to do this. It's just something a little bit extra. But I like to do because I think it makes the scales pot more and adds more interest When you're thinking about where to put shadows, think about where the light would fall and where those objects would cast shadows. I'm probably going to speed this next part up a little bit just because the rest of the steps are pretty much the same with the 1st 1 you go to the layer with the color. You want ad shadows to make a new layer on top of that at a clipping mask, and then pick a color that's slightly darker than your base color. If you add a little bit more saturation to it, instead of just going straight darker than it will make your dragon look more vibrant and less muddy. Paying attention to details like this will really help Bring your dragon to the next level , which is why I spend so much time messing around with colors and shadows. Here. I'm continuing to add new layers and new clipping masks and new shadows to all the rest of the colors that I have. I'm not doing the pupil of the eye yet since I personally love doing the I, and I like saving that for last. What I am going to be doing next is the highlights. Highlights is where the light falls the strongest, and it causes a slight reflection or a lighter area on dragon or whatever it is you happen to be drawing while they're not strictly necessary. I like adding them because I really think it adds again. That extra level of detail steps for adding highlights are pretty much the same is adding shadows except on the opposite side. You make a new layer with the new clipping mask. Select the base color that you had, then find a shade that's quite a bit lighter than your base color. That way it looks like it's light reflecting off the scales. You draw the highlights pretty much wherever you think the light would fall, the strongest, like on the edges of scales or the top of the dragon's head or horns. Which again, is why it's so important to know where your light is coming from. So you can add accurate shadows and highlights. Something to keep in mind is that while you can do the highlights on the same layer as the shadows, I just find it's easier if they're on separate layers. That way I can fix both of them very easily without messing up the other. Whatever the color, adding highlights is pretty much the same process, so we'll just move on from here and get onto one of the final and my personal favorite parts. It is time to finish his I. I like doing the I last just because I feel like it pulls everything else together and makes it look very finished. When doing the eye, you'll use pretty much the same steps that you followed for adding shadows and highlights. Except this time it will be just on a much smaller scale and with an added people. All right, so once he finished drawing the eye and finishing up any final details or adjustments you want to make, let's move on to the final video. 7. Recap & Class Project: okay. And you are done. If you have been following along with the videos at this point, you should have finished your base. Get your detailed sketch inking coloring, shading, highlighting It should be all finished by now. If it's not, go ahead and finish it and then post it to the class project section below. I would love to see what you guys have drawn. Thank you for making it this far. And I hope you learned something. And you've enjoyed yourself during this class. Thank you again and I'll see you next time.