How to Draw a Chinese Dragon Face and Head

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Learn how to draw a great looking Chinese Dragon Face and Head with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Chinese Dragon Face and Head.

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Complete Chinese Dragon Face and Head drawing
Complete Chinese Dragon Face and Head drawing

Celebrate Chinese culture with this Chinese dragon face and head drawing.

In Chinese mythology, the dragon is called the long or lung. It is "a type of majestic beast that dwells in rivers, lakes, and oceans and roams the skies."

The Chinese dragon was originally regarded as a rain god, to whom worshippers would perform ritual dances in hopes of securing rain or good fortune.

You may be most familiar with the Chinese dragon Mushu as depicted in Disney's Mulan. But even in this film, more traditional renditions of the Chinese dragon portrait can be seen.

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In fact, during the scene in which Mulan leaves home, dragon heads like the one in this illustration can be seen on the wall, the hilt of her sword, the pulls on a furniture chest, and painted on the wall.

If you like this Chinese dragon face and head outline in portrait style, try out this full-bodied Chinese dragon in profile.

Then, expand your skills by drawing a detailed, full-bodied Chinese dragon cartoon in 3/4 perspective.

If you liked this drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Dragon with Flowers drawing, Dragon Egg drawing, and Easy Cartoon Dragon drawing.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chinese Dragon Face and Head

How to Draw a Great Looking Chinese Dragon Face and Head for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the Chinese dragon face and head outline by drawing its eyes. Use curved lines to enclose the semicircular eyes.

Enclose two successively smaller half circles inside each eye. Then, draw the bushy eyebrows above the eyes. Notice the spiral shape near the inner corners and the short lines that meet at jagged points.

Easy Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 2

Chinese Dragon Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Draw the nose of your cartoon dragon. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the top, tip, and sides of the nose, and to contour the bridge above it.

Easy Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 3

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw the mustache and whiskers of the dragon. Extend a pair of long curved lines from each side of the nose, and allow them to meet at sharp points. Use a series of short lines to sketch the mustache, attaching the bottoms of the whiskers.

Easy Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 4

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Use a long curved line to enclose the lower jaw. Then, use pairs of curved lines to enclose each of the dragon’s teeth.

Notice that he has two large, fang-like teeth and four smaller teeth. Enclose the gums below the teeth and the chin using curved lines.

Easy Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 5

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Use curved lines to enclose the tongue within the mouth, the teeth alongside it, and the sides of the head.

Easy Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 6

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw the fur and horns at the sides of the dragon’s face. Use two curved lines for each horn. For the fur, use lines of different lengths that meet at jagged points. Then, texture the fur with curved lines.

Easy Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 7

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw the dragon’s ears. Use two curved lines for each, then detail inside the ear with a third curved line. Enclose a partial rounded rectangle alongside each ear. These are the bases of the antlers.

Add More Details to Your Chinese Dragon Face and Head Picture - Step 8

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw the branching antlers. Use pairs of curved lines to create each point.

Complete the Outline of Your Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing - Step 9

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your Chinese dragon face and head outline by drawing more hair along the top of the dragon’s head. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points. Notice the second layer of fur between the antlers.

Color Your Chinese Dragon Face and Head Drawing

Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon of a Chinese dragon face and head. We’ve shaded ours red and gold in a traditional opulent style, with striking and contrasting green eyes.

Easy, step by step Chinese Dragon Face and Head drawing tutorial
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