How to Draw a Chinese Dragon

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Learn how to draw a great looking Chinese Dragon with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful Chinese Dragon drawing.

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Would you like to learn how to draw a Chinese dragon? With the help of this mythical creature drawing tutorial, you will soon master the Chinese dragon outline.

The Chinese dragon is called the long. It is "a type of majestic beast that dwells in rivers, lakes, and oceans and roams the skies." It is also considered a rain god.

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The Chinese dragon is similar in form to the Japanese dragon. It differs from the Western dragon in that it is considered a benefactor, not an enemy.

Perhaps the most famous Chinese dragon in Western media is Mushu from Disney's Mulan.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Dragon Wings, Japanese Dragon, and Kawaii Dragon.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chinese Dragon

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

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1. Begin the Chinese dragon outline by drawing the dragon's face. Use curved lines that meet at points to draw the eyebrows, then enclose the semicircular eyes beneath. Shade a round pupil inside each eye.

Then, use a series of curved lines to draw the snout, nostrils, and "mustache" beneath it. Shade curved shapes within each nostril.

Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 2

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2. Next, draw the dragon's lower jaw. Use curved lines that meet at gentle points. Then, use lines that meet at points to draw the dragon's large and small teeth.

Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 3

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3. Use a curved line to draw the tongue within the mouth. From each side of the nose, extend pairs of curling curved lines and allow them to meet at sharp points.

Contour the top of the snout and around the eyes with short lines, then use overlapping lines to sketch the top of the head. Extend a line and double it back upon itself to form the dragon's horn.

Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 4

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4. Draw the remaining horn, then use curved lines that meet at sharp points to form the mane or spikes at the back of the dragon's head. Use a long curved line to draw the front of the neck.

Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 5

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5. Draw the dragon's arm using a pair of curved lines. Draw another pair of lines for each finger, and connect them at the ends. Draw a curved triangle at the tip of each finger to form the claws, and also at the elbow to indicate spikes or tufts of fur.

Then, draw a long curved line to form the dragon's belly.

Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 6

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6. Begin drawing the front and rear leg in the same manner as the first. Again, use curved lines for the arm, leg, fingers, and toes, with curved triangles for the claws and tufts.

Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 7

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7. Complete the foreleg and draw the final rear leg. Again, outline the limbs with curved lines, and use curved triangles for the claws and tufts.

Add More Details to Your Chinese Dragon Picture - Step 8

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8. Extend a curved line behind the rear leg to form the tail. Draw another curved line from the back of the head, and allow it to follow the curves of the body until it meets the tail at the tip.

Use curved lines that meet at jagged points to draw spines down the dragon's back and to create a large tuft of hair at the tip of the tail.

Complete the Outline of Your Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 9

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9. Complete your Chinese dragon outline by drawing the spines along the back of the tail and texturing the tuft with additional curved lines. Outline the belly with curved lines, and band it with shorter lines.

Color Your Chinese Dragon Drawing

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Color your cartoon of a Chinese dragon. We've shaded ours red and gold in a traditional style.

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