- Sketching / Drawing
- Level: Beginner
- Subject: Dragon Scales
As mentioned earlier, after drawing the main body of the dragon, it would look bare and naked without all the addons like scales, horns and wings. In this short tutorial, you can learn how to draw scales on the dragon’s body you constructed.
It is quite simple to draw construction lines if you want to draw a patch of scales.
You should actually take care of the angle and curve of the cross hatched lines – but for practice, just have two sets of straight lines perpendicular to each other.
After that sketch over it. Do it in a separate layer if you are doing it in digtal medium. Use the construction lines as guides, and draw the ‘U’ shaped lines.
Drawing the construction lines with a different angle between the two sets of straight lines, gives you a base to draw a different type of scale. After you experiment with those angles, you should be able to draw patches of scales of varying types.
Drawing a patch of scale is easy – but wrapping it around the dragon body is a bit tricky.
Shape The Scales
Let us consider the neck (or the tail part) of a dragon.
Now we need to draw the construction lines of the scales – but remember that the area is curved and not flat.
When you draw one set of parallel lines, it will be curved around the part of the dragon – it might be a bit tricky, but visualizing and practicing helps. This is the important step and take your time and practice.
Once the construction lines are layed down, sketching the actual scales is an easy exercise.
Practice applying different types of scales to different parts of the dragon. You will need to experiment with the ‘flow’ of the scales – which go from the tip of the nose to tip of the tail.
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