Learn how to draw a great looking Japanese Dragon with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful Japanese Dragon drawing.
A dragon is a legendary mythological creature. In Japanese mythology, the dragon is an air-spirit or water deity, and one of the deified forces of nature of the Taoist religion. Dragon gods and goddesses may transform into human form. Unlike their western counterparts, the Japanese dragon is usually wingless and serpent-like. The Dragon King is said to live deep in the sea.
Dragons often feature in Japanese art, including paintings and pottery. Dragon lore is also associated with Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. According to legend, dragons live in the lakes and ponds near these temples. The temples' names often include references to dragons.
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Would you like to draw a cartoon of a Japanese style dragon? This easy, step-by-step cartoon dragon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your completed dragon.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Japanese Dragon
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing the Dragon's nose. Draw a series of upside-down "U" shaped lines. Below this, draw a series of "U" shaped lines to indicate the upper lip. Shade two teardrop shapes to indicate the nostrils, and draw a short line between them.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 2
2. Use curved lines to sketch the dragon's face. Use overlapping curved lines to form the bridge of the nose, brows, and forehead. Below each brow, enclose a half-circle shape to form the dragon eyes. Shade a small circle for the pupil within each eye.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 3
3. Extend a pair of curved lines from each side of the nose. Allow them to meet at sharp points, forming the dragon's mustache. Then, use curved lines to form the triangular shapes of the open mouth, fang, and lower jaw.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 4
4. Use curved lines to form the triangular shapes of the teeth. Then, use a series of curved lines to form the dragon's beard and lower jaw.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 5
5. Use curved shapes to enclose the irregular shape of the dragon's horns. Draw the back of the dragon's head using a wavy line, and a long curved line for the back of the neck.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 6
6. Draw a series of curved lines at the back of the neck, indicating the dragon's spikes or mane. Then, use a series of curved lines to sketch the arm and hand. Note the curved triangular shapes of the claws or fingers.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 7
7. Draw a pair of long, curved lines that wind around to connect to the shorter line. This is the dragon's body. Draw a series of curved lines down the back to form the spikes.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 8
8. Draw a curved line down the dragon's body, roughly parallel to its outline. This indicates the dragon's belly. Use curved lines to outline its remaining hand or paw.
Japanese Dragon Drawing - Step 9
9. Band the belly with curved lines. Draw a series of curved lines to enclose the spikes on the lower back. Then, draw the tail using two curved lines that meet at a gentle point. Tip the tail with a series of curved lines that meet at points.
Complete Japanese Dragon Drawing
Color your cartoon dragon. Often, the dragon is depicted in shades of red and crimson, but yours can be any color you would like. Be creative!
Japan and China have exchanged many cultural elements due to their close geographic proximity. In fact, the Japanese style drew much influence from the dragons of China. Learn to draw a Chinese dragon.
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