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How to Draw a Baby Dragon

Easy, step by step Baby Dragon drawing tutorial
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"If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons."
- Ilona Anddrews, author

Dragons are legendary monsters. These mythological creatures are usually depicted as lizard-like with bat wings and fantastic breath, such as smoke, fire, ice, poison, or water. But even gigantic beasts have to start out small.

Both ancient legends and modern writers typically agree that dragons should be hatched from eggs, as are the serpents and reptiles they are based upon. Dragon myths may have also been influenced by early discoveries of dinosaur fossils, creatures which also hatched from eggs.

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Today, young dragons feature prominently in many works of fiction. Merge Dragons and other video games center around breeding and raising cute baby dragons. Spike from My Little Pony is a purple baby dragon with green belly and spines. And in the Dragonriders of Pern book series, young candidates vie for the chance to "impress" a newly hatched dragon, forming a lifelong bond with it.

You can learn to draw a cute baby dragon practicing his flames. This easy, step-by-step cartoon dragon drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and some tools to color with.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Chinese Dragon, Cartoon Dragon, and Dragon Head.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Baby Dragon

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How to draw a baby dragon Step: 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will help you to sketch the dragon’s head.

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How to draw a baby dragon Step: 2

2. Draw a smaller partial circle connected to the first. This will form the dragon’s nose or snout.

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3. Draw a curved line from one circle to another, attached on each side. This outlines the bottom of the dragon’s face.

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4. Draw three more circles below the head. These will help you sketch various parts of the infant’s body.

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5. Draw curved lines between the three circles of the body. Then, connect the upper circle to the head using two curved lines.

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6. Use curved lines to enclose the irregular shapes of the dragon’s feet.

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7. Erase portions of the small circle of the head. Replace them with curved lines outlining the mouth and “U” shaped lines for the nostrils. Draw an oval within the nostril.

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8. Erase the guide lines from the character, leaving a clean outline.

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9. Draw the dragon’s horns, erasing as necessary. Use curved lines to craft the bases of the horns. Then, draw the teardrop or curved triangle shapes of the horns.

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10. Detail the baby dragon’s face. Use curved lines to outline the bulging cheek and the semicircular eye. Draw a curved line and a small circle within the eye; shade between them to indicate the pupil. Use two curved lines to sketch the crescent-shaped eyebrow.

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11. Draw a long curved line from the base of the head to the bottom of the body, outlining the belly.

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12. Draw a curved line across the leg, marking the opposite side of the belly. Band the belly with curved lines.

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13. Erase the ends of the feet, and replace with the toes. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at sharp points to form each toe.

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14. Draw the dragon’s arms and hands. Draw the arms using pairs of curved lines. Then, draw the crescent-shaped hands.

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15. Draw curved lines across the tips of the fingers and toes to indicate the claws.

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16. Draw the smoke or flame coming from the dragon’s mouth. Use curved lines of various lengths that meet at jagged points.

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17. Use curved lines to outline the dragon’s tail.

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18. Draw the dragon’s batlike wings. Use sweeping “V” shaped lines to draw the tops of the wings. Connect the bottom tip to the body with a series of “U” shaped lines.

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19. Detail the wings. Draw a curved line across the upper tip to indicate a claw. Draw an inverted “V” shape in each wing, and band the wings with curved lines.

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How to draw a baby dragon Step: 20

Color your cartoon dragon.

For more great Dragon drawing tutorials, see the 50 Cute Dragon Drawing Designs post.

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