How to Draw a Chinese Dragon

In the third installment in our how to draw a dragon series, we will draw a Chinese dragon. Chinese dragons are quite different from the western style dragon. They are snake-shaped creatures with legs.

If you’d like to draw a cute baby dragon, goofy cartoon dragon, or a fantasy dragon’s head, take a look at the other dragon drawing tutorials:

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Drawing a Chinese dragon is quite easy. If you follow the step-by-step drawing guide carefully, you will have your dragon drawn in just minutes.

Draw with a light hand. You will be erasing some of the early shapes before the drawing is complete.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

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Step-by-Step Instructions
for Drawing a Chinese Dragon

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 01

Draw a small circle at the bottom right corner of the paper. The dragon’s body is quite long, so leave enough room for it.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 02

Add a smaller circle next to the first one. This will be the dragon’s snout.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 03

Draw a long curved line behind the head.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 04

Draw another curved line parallel to the previous one. It tapers in the end to meet the other line.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 05

Draw yet another curved line parallel to the previous ones. You can start to see the outline of the dragon’s body.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 06

Erase the middle line from the body.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 07

Add a couple more curved lines to the body to make it more three dimensional. See the video below, if you’re uncertain how to draw the lines.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 08

Enhance the shape of the snout with additional curved lines.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 09

Sketch jagged lines for the hair at the back of the head and around the snout.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 10

Erase the helper shapes from the head and snout.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 11

Add a fluffy tail at the end of the body.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 12

Draw the legs and paws as pictured.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 13

Add some fur to the legs and emphasize the claws with short curving lines.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 14

Draw two circles for the eyes.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 15

Draw curving eyelids, pupils, and hairy eyebrows.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 16

Draw the mouth and add details at the nose and between the eyes.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 17

Add a jagged line for the teeth and curving lines at the snout.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 18

Draw the antlers, long whiskers, and mane.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 19

Add curved lines to the sides of the body to enhance the perspective.

How to draw a chinese dragon Step: 20

Trace your dragon with a darker pencil and color it.

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