How to Draw Dragons

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Baby Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Chinese Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Charizard

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Head

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Friendly Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Reclining Baby Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Cute Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Simplified Chinese Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Cute Chinese Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon in Flight

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Flying Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Guarding a Castle

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Heart

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Four Dragons

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Girly Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Hiccup and Toothless

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Pink Cartoon Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Silly Cartoon Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon in Only Four Steps

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Muscular Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Using Simple Shapes

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Dragon Heads in Side View

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Egg

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Hatching

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Mushu from Mulan

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Dragon from Shrek

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Elliot from Pete's Dragon

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw the Dragon from Clash of Clans

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Ord from Dragon Tales

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw Cassie from Dragon Tales

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon Face

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.

Drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragon's Tail
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