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habitat-lady
« on: January 30, 2011 11:52:27 AM »

I want to paint a dragon for my son's birthday in July.  First step is trying to get dragon sketching skills down and not have my monster look comical. 
I want a ferocious beast, not a fatty that looks like he ate a village, and couldn't fly away.  So lets hope I can tame my pencil. 


This one looks more like a dinosaur. 


I plan on using acrylic for the painting.  Any tips for drawing a rocking man-eating beast? 
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011 12:20:41 PM »

I personnaly like them both...but I'm no dragon expert! Wink
How old is your son? The most beautiful dragon I've seen for children  is from the book "George and the dragon" by Chris Wormell
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8zeHwvd1bQI/SOJWQzJTH8I/AAAAAAAAAro/61idLd9EJS8/s400/inside%2Bdragon.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.booksforkids-reviews.com/2008/09/george-dragon-and-princess-by-chris.html&usg=__7njsLCiZBGSIKWollO0z72YyUSM=&h=200&w=400&sz=19&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=yfFPTl1s6fQzJM:&tbnh=85&tbnw=170&ei=qMdFTdPtFaWL4gbXtpxL&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgeorge%2Band%2Bthe%2Bdragon%2Bwormell%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4SUNA_enGB248GB248%26biw%3D952%26bih%3D532%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=92&vpy=86&dur=6937&hovh=159&hovw=318&tx=201&ty=70&oei=lsdFTfDPHsiKhQeBlqi9AQ&esq=6&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011 12:38:53 PM »

I think the dinosaur idea is good, but would ears make it feel more dragonish?
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011 01:11:19 PM »

I agree with Antidigger too but maybe some horns, spines, or frills on the Dino would make it look more dragonish.

For the first you might take some inspiration from the more slender eastern dragons so he doesn't look so bloated (I hear villages tend to do that to you XD), but keep the wings and not going as long to keep the western look.

I'd take a browse of some Dungeons and Dragons type dragons just to scope out their interesting frills, scales, horns, and body styles. You can always mix and match what you like :3 
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Alexus1325
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011 01:15:29 PM »

I think your head sketch is a great base! Horns and a coarse mane would add to the dragon-ness.

I read this website many, many years ago when I was on a dragon/griffon/unicorn/pegasus drawing binge:

http://www.draconian.com/body/body.htm

Click the thumbnails for the full views. I like it because it's set up as an anatomy study, just like for drawing people.
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andralynn
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011 05:51:41 PM »

I think one of the main differences between a dragon and a dinosaur are the ears (dinosaurs don't have them!). Great sketches! Make sure to post the final product when you're done--I'm dying with curiosity.
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marshmallowgirl
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011 12:45:26 PM »

well inpressed
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habitat-lady
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011 11:52:15 PM »

Stellou, that is a good pic.  But I'm going for scary fierce.  Have a grandson so he might get the fat dragon.

kuraikatara, Antidigger and Alexus1325, Thanks, thats what I'm looking for.  Those D&D creatures are great.  I've been all over the draconian site.  Now i have sketched all kinds of body parts.  Might make some cool ceiling art hanging dragon bits and pieces.   Grin 

andralynn and marshmallowgirl, thank you!!  I'm way out of my comfort zone.

Thank you all for your wisdom and help!  Folks like you are why I love Crackster. 
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