How to Draw a Dragon Head

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Would you like to learn how to draw a dragon head? This realistic dragon face drawing tutorial can help you master the dragon head outline.

Myths of dragons have captivated our imaginations throughout history. These stories transcend time and culture. They are adapted into books and movies that still fascinate us today.

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Since dragons are fictional creatures, on what is the appearance of a realistic dragon based? On real animals, of course! Many of the scaly features are taken from extant lizards or snakes. Some features are based on dinosaur fossils.

Did you know? Dinosaur fossils have been discovered in Asia that bear a remarkable resemblance to Chinese dragons. Do you think the dragon in this drawing guide looks a bit like a Tyrannosaurus Rex?

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

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Dragon Head

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

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1. Begin the realistic dragon head outline by sketching the features of the dragon's face. Enclose a curved, rounded triangle for the horn on the nose. Then, draw the dragon's eyes.

Use curved lines to trace the top of the snout, the furrowed brows, and the shape of the eyes themselves. Then, shade an inverted triangle within each eye to indicate the snakelike slit pupil.

Easy Dragon Head Drawing - Step 2

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2. Use long curved lines to outline the upper and lower jaws. Contour the horn, the beak, and below the eye with curved lines. Use a curved line and a shaded curved shape to create the nostril.

Easy Dragon Head Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw a small heart like shape on the snout, then sketch the pointed triangular teeth. Draw curved lines to form the skin at the corner of the mouth.

Easy Dragon Head Drawing - Step 4

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4. Outline the tongue using a curved line, and draw the sharp, triangular teeth of the lower jaw.

Easy Dragon Head Drawing - Step 5

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5. Complete the tongue using a curved line, and draw the remaining teeth. Use curved lines to sketch the jaw behind the teeth, the lower lip, and the chin. Then, draw two triangular horns or tusks emerging from the chin.

Easy Dragon Head Drawing - Step 6

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6. Draw more roughly triangular spikes at the side of the face. Texture the horns with curved lines. Use long curved lines to sketch the bottom of the lower jaw and the back of the head.

Easy Dragon Head Drawing - Step 7

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7. Use curved lines to sketch and texture another, larger, horn coming from the back of the head. Then, use curved lines that meet at points to draw a crest of spines down the center of the skull, and overlapping curved lines to finish enclosing the top of the head.

Add More Details to Your Dragon Head Picture - Step 8

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8. Draw and texture the remaining horn using curved lines. Then, use overlapping curved lines to create the bony plates of the neck.

Complete the Outline of Your Dragon Head Drawing - Step 9

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9. Complete your dragon head outline by adding the final details. Use curved lines that meet at points to draw spikes along the back of the neck. Detail the large scales on the side of the neck using additional curved lines.

Color Your Dragon Head Drawing

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Color your realistic dragon face cartoon. If dragons were real, what color do you think they would be? We've shaded ours in green, a color worn by many modern reptiles.

For more great Fantasy drawing tutorials, see the 51 Best Fantasy Drawing Tutorials post.

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