In this lesson – how to draw a fairy dragon, let’s create a super-cool-looking creature… one that takes on a distinct likeness to a butterfly – in this case – a monarch.
As we know – dragons can look an infinite number of different ways. Really – that’s a huge reason with why they’re so neat. There’s that ‘mystical essence’ regarding dragons in general… and then when we go to create our own — it just amplifies.
It’s time to create! 🙂
How to Draw a Fairy Dragon
If we can have this creature – flying through the air – grasping a flower of some sort – and well… just look all around *cute* – then I think our task at drawing a ‘fairy dragon’ – will be complete!
First – the structure… notice the three strokes for a soon-to-be daisy-grasping-twisting-tail…
And now some features! Things like wings, horns, legs, and more – all come to mind. Of course – as always – this step is here in place to further your understanding of how this animal all comes together BEFORE you actually go ahead and draw it.
You can think it. You can lightly sketch it. It’s up to you!
Getting right down to some serious detail – structure already in place so it makes it easier!… let’s begin in and around the head area – shaping out some big ‘disneyish-looking’ eyes…
See how it all just sort of ‘wraps around’ the structure? It’s like putting the skin over a skeleton sort of (sorry – not meaning for this to be a scary thought!) – but it does work the same.
Structure first. Form second. And usually *not necessarily in this case*… details last!
Diving right into the ‘character’ of this character – let’s give this fairy dragon a small tiara/crown.
Complete the head and we’re ready to press on forward.
Down the neck to a necklace – and also… drawing in the left arm, here’s what our creature looks like so far.
How’s yours coming along anyway? You know – you can leave out parts that I add – or change them. Seriously!!! How creative can you get?
Filling in the underbelly/side – you can see how planning ahead of time can really give a nice perspective on how all the lines come together. Not so much erasing usually – and also… it just sort of ‘makes sense’ to go about it this way.
Erasers are great – don’t get me wrong. BUT – when you can get away with NOT USING THEM — I say go for it! 🙂
Trailing down the left leg… a row of plates/spikes/horns… details! Step by step – our fairy dragon is really beginning to take shape!
Alright – time to really kick things into hear… let’s get on to the wings – and in an ever ‘fairyish’ sort of way… here we’ve got a neat-looking set of monarch butterfly wings.
Looking up top of course – you can see I’ve modified them (the tails)… different colors and a bit of a different shape. Play around with this.
Coming together real nice — let’s move on to the tail now – repeating a similar pattern to that seen on the underbelly from before…
Draw a daisy!
Three loops – placed carefully around the three grey strokes – help to give off an effect where the dragon is grasping the stem of the daisy from below. Looks pretty neat – take your time with it to get it looking the way you want it to.
Complete the daisy!
OK – now’s a good time to zoom in and add any additional details. The pattern on the butterfly wings too… see what you can come up with.
A good way to go? RANDOM!
And in the end – a splash of vibrant colors help to make this fairy dragon everything we ever thought and wanted it to be…
I don’t know – what do you think… did you enjoy this lesson? Actually – this lesson was voted by you (the survey) and I’m super happy it was picked. Dragons seem to be a favorite here at DrawCartoonsOnline.com.
Foreshadowing the future – I can only see one thing… MORE DRAWING LESSONS TO COME! 🙂