How to Draw Cartoon Dragons

Let’s just agree… dragons are awesome! And so are cartoon dragons.

I don’t know, but there’s just something fantastic about dragons.

And for as long as I can remember, dragons have been an absolute favorite of mine to draw.

Dragons are great for a number of reasons. But one reason that sticks out in my mind, especially when it comes to drawing…

Is that nobody really knows what they look(ed) like. We have a good idea, but we really can’t say for sure.

No matter where you go, look or read every dragon is unique in it’s own way. And this is true whether it be a drawing or a statue of a dragon, or even a dragon that you saw in a movie.

They come in different sizes, different colors, different temperaments… all different!

Drawing dragons is great because you can just "let go” and really get creative.

For example, one dragon can look more like a dinosaur or a lizard, while another can look more like a bird.

Cartoon Dragons Picture

And if you like, a cross between the two would also be quite acceptable.

You can also "let go" when you draw other things, like animals and people.

But we all know that people all look relatively the same.

And the same with animals. Tigers look like tigers… alligators look like alligators.

A dragon however may stand upright like a human, have the scales and claws of an alligator, and also the sharp teeth of a tiger!

And for the wings, why not a bat’s?

You have a lot of creative drawing freedom when it comes to dragons.

Well, I could go on about drawing dragons forever and ever! But, I’m sure you’re ready to get going.

I really hope you learn some g2 things here so you too can come up with your very own unique cartoon dragon creations!

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  • Smaug the Dragon

    Learn how to draw a cartoon Smaug – a simple likeness to the infamous dragon in The Hobbit.

  • Toruk or “Last Shadow”

    Awesome. Learn how to draw the big red dragon-looking monster, from the hit movie – Avatar, the mighty Toruk!

  • Tribal Dragon

    Keeping things simple and sharp, here – create a unique-looking tribal dragon drawing.

  • Dragon Cartoon

    Draw a cool-looking dragon cartoon character – one with lots of ‘character’ indeed!

  • How to Draw Dragons

    Learn how to draw dragons – simple, cartoony, and flying through the air like the one here.

  • Dragon Drawings

    Dragons can be really simple to draw. In this lesson, learn a very easy way to create cartoon dragons.


  • Charizard from Pokemon

    Draw the popular orange and turquoise dragon character, Charizard from the Pokemon universe!

  • Dragon Head

    Have a go at this lesson and create a cool-looking dragon head drawing of your very own… get inspired!

  • Fairy Dragon

    A fairy dragon? I’m thinking ‘crossed with a butterfly’ – and with an all around cute sort of look.

  • Great White Shark Dragon

    In this unusual lesson – we cross a dragon with a great white shark. Let the imagination go wild!

  • Fire-Breathing Dragon: Part 2

    Part 2: Structure and form in place, get creative as you further develop and detail your dragon in full.

  • Fire-Breathing Dragon: Part 1

    Part 1: Develop a framework for your dragon. Use this structure to help with shaping, bringing forth its form.

  • Ice Dragon Drawing Lesson

    There’s no shortage of imagination here. Get uber-creative and draw a unique-looking Ice Dragon!

  • Draw a Green Dragon

    Learn to draw a green dragon, one that has a unique ability to poison its enemies in battle!

  • Fell Beast Drawing Lesson

    In this lesson… learn how to draw the dragon-like, wyrm-like, wyvern-like ‘fell beast’ from Lord of the Rings!

  • Cartoon Hydra

    Learn how to draw a multi-colored, multi-personality, multi-headed cartoon hydra. Take your time!

  • Chinese Dragon Drawing

    Learn how to create a mystical Chinese dragon drawing beginning with a letter from the alphabet.

  • Red Dragon Drawing – Part Three

    Let your creative energy flow as you finalize your red dragon drawing, fine-tuning its shape and adding detail.

  • Red Dragon Drawing – Part Two

    Take it a step further as you slowly develop shape and detail in your red dragon drawing.

  • Red Dragon Drawing – Part One

    First of a three-part lesson, learn how to draw a fierce, hulking red dragon.

  • Dragon Head Drawing

    There are an infinite number of ways to draw the head of a dragon. Here, draw a unique one of your very own!