- Sketching / Drawing
- Level: Intermediate
- Subject: Dragon Body
Continuing from the previous post on designing a dragon head, this will be a study on how to draw a dragon body.
Let us look at the body of a medieval dragon and draw construction lines.
It might look a bit complex, but let me break it down a bit.
The spine that runs from the head to the tip of the tail is drawn first to get a general posture. It will be a curvy line; sort of one ‘S’ drawn at the end of another. Or the mirror of ‘S’ depending on which side you are looking at. At the tip of it, draw the construction lines of the head (as explained earlier). Draw two ovals touching each other, the hind one a little bit smaller than the front one. At this point you should be having the rough shape of the dragon. I will explain the construction of limbs, wings and other things in detail, in future posts. For now, just try to replicate them. Draw the construction lines for the front limbs, the hind limbs and the wings.
The above is ofcourse not the final image, but just the construction lines. Now, start drawing darker lines that actually define the body fo the dragon.
Use the previously drawn construction lines as guides and draw the different parts, taking care of avoiding those lines that fall below other parts (like the folds on the hind legs).
You can use the same approach to draw the body of a chinese dragon too.
The key would be to make the curves of the two ‘S’ less tight and more open as the chinese dragon traditionally have long slender snake like body. Also, the ovals where you would attach the limbs are far apart. The chinese dragons usually do not have wings.
You do not need to limit yourself to these two styles. Draw the base spine construction lines and the ovals to signify the different bulk of the body. If the dragon from your imagination has six legs instead of four, use another oval shape in between.
Clean up and more
If you have been using traditional medium, erase of those faint construction lines. If you are using digital medium, you can switch off the layer where you have drawn the construction lines.
The body may still look bare and boring. But we are going to fix that by doing a bit more study on things that are part of dragon designs.
- Limbs, talons
- Horns, Fins, etc
I will be exploring these in future posts. Get updates by subscribing to KalaaLog Feeds or using email susbscription (pop in your email address at the top and hit ‘Subscribe’).
Keep practicing the different body styles until you are comfortable.
If you have any questions, or would like to share some of your works, feel free to post a comment here.