How many dragons can you name? Toothless, Stormfly, Hookfang, Meatlug, Barf and Belch. Charizard, Dragonite. Mushu. Elliot. Faranth, Ramoth, Canth. Spike. Spyro. Puff. These are just a few of the dragons who have made appearances in popular culture.
For millennia, dragons have featured in the art and mythologies of cultures from around the world. The word “dragon” is derived from the ancient Greek word drákōn, meaning “a serpent of huge size; a water snake.”
Dragons and dragon-like animals are mentioned in such ancient manuscripts as the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Maps from the Middle Ages were often marked with the warning “here be dragons” or depictions of sea serpents in areas that had yet to be explored.
Easy, step-by-step drawing tutorials are available for any style of dragon – cartoon, European, Chinese, or otherwise – that you may wish to draw. Below, we have compiled some of the best dragon drawing guides from across the web.
You will also find how-to guides for drawing dragon parts – such as the head, wings, legs, or talons – to that you can craft your very own dragon. If you have a pencil and a piece of paper, you have everything you need to begin your own draconian adventure.
How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon
This dragon drawing is simple in structure, and a great starting point for beginners and budding artists. The step-by-step tutorial includes illustrations for each step, text instructions, and an informative video. The dragon itself is European in style, complete with bat-like wings. This fun, comical dragon is an enjoyable project for all ages. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Baby Dragon
Once you’ve mastered the cartoon dragon, why not give him or her a family? Now you can, using this simple, step-by-step baby dragon drawing tutorial. The drawing guide includes text, illustrations, and an informative video. This baby dragon is European in style, having four limbs and bat-like wings. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Chinese Dragon
This simple tutorial will show you how to draw a Chinese style dragon, a snake-like creature with four legs and a lion-like head. The drawing guide includes step-by-step written instructions accompanied by illustrations, as well as an informative how-to video. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Charizard
Charizard is a dragon type Pokemon, the fully evolved form of Charmander and Charmelion. This step-by-step drawing tutorial makes drawing Charizard simple, complete with illustrations, written instructions, and a video drawing guide. Start your Pokemon journey by drawing Charizard today. See the drawing tutorial.
INFO BOX: European Dragons
Dragon mythologies evolved separately in Europe and in Asia. European dragons are often depicted as being dinosaur-like or griffin-like, having six limbs – arms, legs, and wings. This style has been especially common since the Middle Ages. European dragons depicted with only two legs are known as wyverns.
Early Mesopotamian mythologies introduce the idea of a hero slaying the dragon, and this is carried on throughout Middle Age literature. The image of dragons protecting or hoarding a treasure may have arisen from the practice of introducing snakes to food storage areas to deter mice.
How to Draw a Dragon Head
If you are creating your own dragon drawing, the dragon’s head is an essential component. Drawing just the head can be a good place to start, as the head alone has less detail than the entire dragon. This European style dragon head can be completed quickly and easily using the step-by-step tutorial and tutorial video. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Friendly Dragon
Sometimes, dragons are drawn as scary monsters, but this dragon only wants to be your friend. He features a smiling face and a silly, lolling tongue. In this tutorial, guide lines are shown in gray, new lines in red, and permanent lines in black. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Reclining Baby Dragon
This adorable young dragon is curled up nice and warm in its den. The video tutorial uses simple shapes and lines to craft the baby European style dragon. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Cute Dragon
This tutorial introduces yet another friendly dragon for you to draw. In each step, you will add to your dragon by drawing simple shapes. Pay careful attention to the lines added in each step, as new lines are not highlighted. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Simplified Chinese Dragon
This dragon is very easy to draw, as unnecessary details have been omitted. There are also very few guide lines to be erased during this drawing tutorial. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Cute Chinese Dragon
With big round eyes and an inviting smile, this Chinese dragon is too adorable to pass up. Easy steps in this tutorial will teach you to draw this baby Chinese dragon. See the drawing tutorial.
INFO BOX: Asian Dragons
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean dragons are most often snake-like, but having four legs and no wings. They are a religious symbol associated with wisdom and longevity.
No matter their origin, most dragon mythologies have in common the scaly, reptilian nature of the creature, as well as its ability to breath fire – or if not fire, something extraordinary, such as poison or immense amounts of water. Crocodiles, spitting cobras, and the fossils of large animals are thought to have inspired these legends.
How to Draw a Chinese Dragon, For Kids
Video by Art for Kids Hub
In this kid-friendly video tutorial, you will use simple lines to draw a friendly dragon in a classic Chinese style.
How to Draw a Dragon in Flight
This European style dragon embodies everything the word “dragon” calls to mind – a scaly body, bat-like wings, and a blaze of fiery breath. This video tutorial breaks down the beast into easy to follow steps. If you need to revisit a step, you can easily do so using the menu to the right of the video screen. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Flying Dragon
The steps in this tutorial are easy to follow, and the resulting drawing is beautiful. A winged European style dragon soars amid a cloudy sky. The artist recommends pitting a golden hued dragon against the sunset colors of pink and purple. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Chinese Festival Dragon
Video by How 2 Draw Animals
This video tutorial will show you how to draw a Chinese dragon. This dragon, when completed, is more detailed than the simplified Chinese dragon.
How to Draw a Dragon Guarding a Castle
It is a classic scene: a ferocious dragon guarding the castle gates. This guide breaks down a potentially complicated drawing into easy to follow steps. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Dragon Heart
This video tutorial teaches you how to draw, not one dragon, but two. In this drawing, two dragons in flight meet head to head and tail to tail to form the shape of a heart. See the drawing tutorial.
INFO BOX: Modern Dragons
In the modern mythologies of film and animation, a number of feature films and television series have featured dragon characters, often in starring roles.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010), along with its sequels, series, and video games, employs a large cast of dragons, most notably Toothless the Night Fury. Other dragon films include Pete’s Dragon (1977 and 2016), Dragonheart (1996), Shrek (2001), Eragon (2006), and Mulan (1998). Dragon Tales, American Dragon: Jake Long, as well as the various Pokemon, Dragon Ball, and My Little Pony animated series are just a few examples of television cartoons with dragon characters.
How to Draw a Chinese Dragon Head
Video by Word Attack 88
This detailed dragon drawing begins just as simply as any other. Drawing only the head, you will be able to add more details to the dragon’s facial features than when drawing the entire creature.
How to Draw Four Dragons
This tutorial strives to cover all the bases – a water dragon, a Chinese dragon, a cartoon dragon, and a realistic dragon. Learn to draw all four types using simple step-by-step instructions. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Girly Dragon
In this simple tutorial, you will draw a dragon that is obviously female. Although depicted as an intimidating, European style dragon, she is pink and has a heart pattern ingrained upon her scales. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Pernese Dragon
Video by Introducing Emy
Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series is perhaps the most influential of the modern dragon mythologies. Pernese dragons were genetically engineered from the much smaller fire lizards to protect the planet Pern from the imminent threat of thread, a voracious alien spore that rains down from the sky. In this video, a professional artist will walk you through the basic steps of drawing a Pernese dragon.
How to Draw Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon
Toothless is the last of his kind, known as the Night Fury. His best friend and rider is Hiccup, a young viking. Toothless involves a little more detail than many of the tutorials listed here, but the step-by-step instructions make drawing this dragon a breeze. New lines added in each step are highlighted in red. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Hiccup and Toothless
If you’re going to draw a trained dragon, you may want to draw his rider as well. This tutorial allows you to do just that. Not only will you learn to draw a seated Toothless, but the simple human form of his friend Hiccup. In most steps, new lines are shown in dark blue, but in some, they are shown in pink. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Toothless, Simplified
Video by Cartooning 4 Kids | How To Draw
This tutorial for drawing Toothless omits details and simplifies the dragon’s form. The artist will talk you through each step of the tutorial.
How to Draw a Pink Cartoon Dragon
This cute, pink baby dragon is easy to draw. It’s sitting, so the limbs are mostly hidden and thus easy to draw. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Silly Cartoon Dragon
This simple but lively cartoon dragon can be drawn with just a few easy lines. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Stormfly from How to Train Your Dragon
Video by Online Drawing School
Stormfly is a dragon known as a Deadly Nadder. She has the special ability of flinging spikes from her tail. Compared to traditional mythology, she fits the description of a wyvern – a European dragon with wings but with only two legs. Stormfly is ridden by the viking Astrid. The first segment of this video tutorial will show you how to draw Stormfly. If you’re feeling daring, you can continue the tutorial with a detailed and realistic painting.
How to Draw a Dragon in Only Four Steps
This easy tutorial omits any unnecessary detail, including the dragon’s legs. This slender, serpentine dragon is equipped only with wings for flight, and the head and tail are constructed using simple curved lines. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Muscular Dragon
This European style dragon is not for the faint of heart. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to use circle and line to craft a very scary winged, spiky dragon. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Meatlug from How to Train Your Dragon
Video by Tankrium
Meatlug is a Gronkle ridden by the viking Fishlegs. Meatlug may look tough, but she is just a rock-eating, lava belching softy. In this video tutorial, both children and adults will learn how to draw this unusual dragon.
How to Draw a Dragon Using Simple Shapes
This tutorial shows how you can draw dragon with just simple rectangles, circles, and triangles. Drawing a goofy looking dragon has seldomly been this easy. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Dragon Heads in Side View
A dragon’s head can be drawn from a real anatomical animal head. In this guide, a racoon skull is used as a model. You’ll learn how to use geometrical shapes to draw a realistic looking dragon head. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Dragonite from Pokemon
Video by Team Rocket Draws
Dragonite is a mighty dragon type Pokemon, the fully evolved form of Dratini and Dragonair. This simple step-by-step tutorial breaks Dragonite’s shape into easy to draw lines and circles.
How to Draw a Dragon Egg
This simple tutorial will teach you to draw the embryo of a growing dragon, still safe within its shell. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Dragon Hatching
One the baby dragon is ready to hatch, you’ll need to use this tutorial to help it greet the world. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Dragonair
Video by Draw So Cute
This cute video tutorial will show you how to draw Dragonair from Pokemon using simple curves and shapes.
How to Draw Mushu from Mulan
The charismatic Mushu may be small, but he embodies all the characteristics of a traditional Chinese dragon – a serpentine body, four legs, and the wisdom to advise. In this step-by-step tutorial, new lines are highlighted in blue and guide lines are shown as dotted lines. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Dragon from Shrek
Dragon is a complicated character, but drawing her doesn’t have to be. This tutorial utilizes a simple crosshatching technique to fill in the details of this CGI creation. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Spyro
Video by Impractical Artist
Spyro has appeared in a number of video games and animated cartoons, including Skylanders. This purple dragon can be easily drawn using this step-by-step video tutorial, guided by the voice of the artist.
How to Draw Spike from My Little Pony
Video by My How To Draw
Spike is a supporting character from the My Little Pony franchise. As a young dragon, he is undeniably cute. This video tutorial uses both text and illustrations, and often shows various methods of achieving the same result.
How to Draw Elliot from Pete’s Dragon
Learn to draw the dragon from the classic 1977 Disney film. This movie combined animation with live action. In the movie, Elliot befriends the human child, Pete. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw the Dragon from Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is a popular mobile war strategy game. This video tutorial will show you how to draw a dragon featured in this game in twelve easy steps. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Dragon’s Head in Profile
Video by Learn 2 Draw
This video tutorial will help you to craft the profile, or side view of your dragon. This tutorial offers not only one style of dragon head, but many, ranging from classic European dragons to water dragons with fins.
How to Draw Dragon Wings
Video by Shoo Rayner
Dragon’s wings are often described as being very much like bat wings – a limb with long, thin fingers supporting a thin membrane. This tutorial breaks down the wing in various positions into easy to follow steps.
How to Draw Dragon Anatomy from Living Creatures
Video by Enzyme Art TV
This video teaches how to use a “wire frame” line drawing to outline the dragon’s body. Then, you will look at the anatomy of living creatures, such as the muscular lion or scaly lizard, to flesh out your creation.
How to Draw Ord from Dragon Tales
Ord is a lovable blue dragon from the PBS children’s series, Dragon Tales, in which two children are transported to Dragon Land via the magical wallpaper that adorns their room. This simple tutorial makes Ord one of the easiest dragons to draw. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Cassie from Dragon Tales
Cassie is a small, cute, pink female dragon from the PBS series Dragon Tales. This brief tutorial will help you to draw Cassie is just six easy steps. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw Two Types of Dragon Tail
Video by Enzyme Art TV
This video will show you how to draw a dragon’s tail, step-by-step, in two different styles – either a stiff tail or slithering tail – complete with shading and snakelike texture.
How to Draw a Dragon Face
This tutorial will help you to craft your very own dragon character from scratch. The tutorial includes how to draw two types of dragon teeth, two types of dragon eyes, and four types of dragon nostrils. Then, you will put all of these pieces together in a frontal view of the dragon’s face. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Dragon’s Tail
While this guide lacks step-by-step instructions, it may give you some ideas as to what type of tail to give your dragon. Is it a seafaring creature in need of a fin? Or should it have a spiky ball on the end of its tail, similar to a medieval mace? Its its tail stiff or flexible, scaled or feathered? Use this dragon tails chart to help you decide. See the drawing tutorial.