How to Draw an Easy Chinese Dragon

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

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Would you like to learn how to draw an easy Chinese dragon? Traditional paintings of Chinese dragons can be very complex, but you can soon master this easy Chinese dragon outline.

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

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Does the gold and red color scheme of this Chinese dragon look familiar? Perhaps you've seen statues or woven fabric featuring a Chinese or Japanese dragon. Additionally, the character Mushu from Disney's Mulan is a miniature version of the Chinese dragon. Take a look at the title logo - you'll find a Chinese dragon beneath her name!

In Asian mythology, dragons were typically not the enemies of humans. Instead, they were benevolent creatures of the heavens. They were known to help people. Sometimes, they were equated with deities.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Ender Dragon From Minecraft, DragonFly, and Smaug.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Easy Chinese Dragon

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

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1. Begin the easy Chinese dragon outline by drawing the face of the dragon. Draw a teardrop shape for the brow, with a semicircle eye beneath it. Use curved lines to draw the snout and the top of the head. Then, extend two curved lines that meet at a point to form the dragon's horn.

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2. Use curved lines to sketch the open mouth and the curved triangular teeth within. Shade a small oval for the nostril. Extend two curved lines from the snout and allow them to meet at a sharp point, forming the whiskers.

Easy Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw more triangular teeth inside the mouth. From the lower jaw, extend a long curved line to trace the neck and chest. Draw another curved line intersecting this one; it will become the leg. Double it back at the end to indicate the toe.

Then, draw pairs of curved lines that meet at points to form spikes on the back of the head.

Easy Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 4

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4. Complete the leg, using curved lines to outline the back of the leg and the pointed toes. Trace the remaining foreleg in the same manner.

Easy Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 5

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5. Extend a long curved line to sketch the dragon's belly. At the end of the line, draw the rear legs, again using curved lines that overlap and end as pointed toes.

Easy Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 6

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6. Complete the remaining rear leg, using curved lines to trace the back of the leg and the pointed toes. Then, extend a long curved line from the rear leg to form the bottom of the tail.

Easy Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 7

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7. Draw a long curved line from the head to the tip of the tail, parallel to the belly. This encloses the figure of the dragon. At the tip of the tail, use curved lines that meet at points to enclose a tuft.

Add More Details to Your Easy Chinese Dragon Picture - Step 8

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8. Draw a zigzag line at the side of the face. Then, draw curved triangular spikes all down the dragon's back.

Complete the Outline of Your Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing - Step 9

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9. Complete your easy Chinese dragon outline by drawing another curved one parallel to the belly. Band the belly with short curved lines.

Color Your Easy Chinese Dragon Drawing

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Color your simple Chinese dragon cartoon. We've painted ours in traditional shades of gold and red.

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