How to Draw a Dragon Head

Easy, step by step Dragon Head drawing tutorial
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Myths of dragons are ancient and appear in cultures around the world. In Europe, the legends often told of a hero - a thunder-god in many versions - slaying the serpent-like beast. Zeus, Hercules, and Thor factor into such stories.

In Medieval Europe, tales of dragons often involved a knight in shining armor sallying forth to slay a dragon - often, for the purpose of rescuing or protecting a princess. Dragons are often associated with water, rivers, or caves. Variations of European dragons were called wyvern, cockatrice, and basilisk.

Depictions of dragons are common in all eras of European art. They appear on ancient pottery, on the bows of Viking ships, in illuminated manuscripts, and in heraldry. Today, they are still popular in art and fiction.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon of a mighty dragon? This dragon cartoon drawing tutorial can show you how when you follow along, by step. Grab an eraser and sharpen your pencil - it is time for an adventure!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baby Dragon, Cartoon Dragon, and Chinese Dragon.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Dragon Head

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 1

1. Draw a circle. This will guide you in sketching the dragon’s head.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 2

2. Draw a long, curved line descending from the circle, outlining the front of the dragon’s neck.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 3

3. Draw another, smaller circle, beside but not touching the first. This will help you to sketch the dragon’s snout.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 4

4. Draw curved lines descending from the original circle, completing the outline of the neck.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 5

5. Connect the two circles using curved lines, outlining the shape of the face.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 6

6. Draw a curved line from the middle of the original circle, passing through the second circle. Draw a short line from the small circle to the previous line, outlining the upper lip.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 7

7. Enclose a triangular shape below the mouth, outlining the lower lip. Then, draw a curved line across the original circle, contouring the jaw.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 8

8. Erase the guide lines, leaving a clean outline of the head and neck.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 9

9. Draw curved lines across the front of the neck, lending the appearance of scales.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 10

10. Draw hair or spikes on the back of the dragon’s head. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at points.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 11

11. Draw more hair or spikes visible between the jaw and neck. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at jagged points.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 12

12. Use curved lines to enclose triangular teeth.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 13

13. Draw a curved line across the face, outlining the creature’s brow ridge.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 14

14. Use overlapping curved lines to continue sketching the brow ridge.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 15

15. Use curved lines to outline the diamond-shaped eye. Draw a curved line across it to indicate the pupil.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 16

16. Draw the “U” shaped nostrils, erasing as necessary. Enclose a round shape within each nostril.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 17

17. Draw two curved rectangles on top of the head. These form the bases of the dragon’s horns.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 18

18. Extend a pair of curved lines from each horn base, allowing them to meet at sharp points to enclose the horns. We’ve shaded our dragon with hues of yellow and orange, like the golden queen dragons in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. On the planet of Pern, dragons were also bronze, brown, blue, green, or white.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 19

19. We’ve shaded our dragon with hues of yellow and orange, like the golden queen dragons in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. On the planet of Pern, dragons were also bronze, brown, blue, green, or white.

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How to Draw Dragon Head: Step 20

What color will your cartoon dragon be? Use your imagination as you color this mythical creature.

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