How to Draw a Leafy Sea Dragon

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

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Complete Leafy Sea Dragon drawing

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If you saw a leafy sea dragon in person, you wouldn't recognize it at first. Leafy sea dragons look just like a piece of seaweed floating in the ocean. They have delicate fins that look like stems and leaves. When you look closer, you see that they have eyes and a body like a regular fish.

Leafy sea dragons live in rocky reefs on the Australian coastline. They look like seahorses, although they're more closely related to a type of fish. Leafy sea dragons are currently an endangered species and might go extinct unless we step up our conservation efforts.

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Most people don't own leafy sea dragons as pets, but you might see them in your local aquarium.

Until then, you can draw your own cartoon leafy sea dragon at home. A piece of paper, a pencil and coloring tools are all you need for your drawing.

When you draw your cartoon leafy sea dragon, start with a pencil sketch, then outline the sketch with a pen or marker. Use paint, markers, colored pencils or oil pastels to color your drawing afterward.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Catfish, Humpback Whale, and Coral Reef.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Leafy Sea Dragon

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Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 1

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1. On the left side of the page, draw a hook shape to make the top of the head. Sketch a longer hook shape with a deeper curve, like a coat hanger.

Add a similar hook shape that points in the opposite direction with a curved line at the end. For the eye, sketch a loose triangle pointing to the right with a curved bottom. Add a circle for the pupil and lines around the eyes and mouth.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 2

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2. Use deep, sweeping lines to draw the seaweed shapes around your sea dragon's head. Next, make a curvy V-shape that ends in a point, then sketch more flowy lines at the end.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 3

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3. For the left side of the neck, make a hill shape followed by two pointed spikes. On the right, draw a slightly curved line, then add a sweeping line that connects to the leaf shape. Draw two more thick, wavy leaf shapes using curved lines.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 4

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4. On the left, draw a large, swooping line with two teardrop shapes. Sketch the line upward, then make a parallel curved line with similar hill and teardrop shapes attached to it. Next, draw two long spikes underneath the body.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 5

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5. Draw four spikes on the top of the body like the spikes you would see on a dragon. Make a curved line that sharply points upward, then create a narrow triangle followed by a curved line.

Add more loose teardrop shapes and sketch the line inward. Use curved, sweeping lines to complete the seaweed shape.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 6

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6. Add two more curved lines with two hill shapes. Sketch a broad, sweeping line that curves downward, then use wavy lines to create a loose feather-like shape. Draw scalloped lines to make the fin on the back.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 7

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7. Sketch two more spikes on the left side of the body. For the right, draw a curve, then add loose oblong shapes to create a plantlike structure.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 8

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8. Complete the tail and body with a loose, jagged curve that ends with two more spikes. Underneath, create a fern like shape with long, swooping curves like stretched-out teardrops.

Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing - Step 9

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9. Sketch lines inside the body for added detail. To complete the tail, draw loops like the shapes that you've drawn previously.

Complete Leafy Sea Dragon Drawing

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10. Outline the entire drawing with a black pen, marker or colored pencil.

Once you've completed your cartoon leafy sea dragon, color the body orange and the fins green, like a pumpkin. Use different shades of orange and green to capture the shadows on the body. Leave the eye white so it stands out.

For more great Sealife drawing tutorials, see the 31 Simple Sealife Drawing Ideas post.

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