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Dragon Tutorial - New by alecan Dragon Tutorial - New by alecan
So here it is. The new and improved dragon tutorial. Hope you like this one better than my old one. I certainly do. Hope it can be of any help to someone.

Enjoy.

EDIT: I corrected some of the misspellings. (Please note me if there's some left, english is only my second language ;))

If you want to see more tutorials, check out Dragontutorial.com here: [link]
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Given 2008-02-18
Dragon Tutorial - New by *alecan is an amazingly simple yet comprehensive and useful dragon tutorial, and one of the best (if not the best) I've ever come across. Instead of sticking to one type of dragon, she encourages others to look at anatomy of animals around us and apply it to dragons, instead of perpetuating the idea that there's only one "correct" way to draw a dragon. ( Suggested by Xephire and Featured by bleedsopretty )
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alazarfireen Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very useful
been having trouble with legs for ages now
thanks for the help
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Rainbowshy2001 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love you for this ;3; <3
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VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you ! ^__^
I'm going to use this,it helps pretty well :3


I'm learning how to draw dragons xD
Two months in the making !
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skyrore1999 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the best dragons tutorials I have ever seen its so good! The anatomy is flawless and it's just jaw-dropping to anyone. Amazing work
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Thank you :D
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skyrore1999 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your very welcome! Keep it up!
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CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love dragon!
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:icondragonmaster62835:
Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! :D Look what I made using this! :D [link]
Hope you like it! :D
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Nice work. Glad you could find some help in my tutorial :) Check out www.dragontutorial.com if you want more tutorials :)
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Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
I will, thank you! :D There are really great tutorials! :D
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooo, thanks for the walk cycle.
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Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The best tutorial I found on DeviantART!!!!! :D I am making my first picture based on this tutorial! My dragon will be a bit like the one on the tutorial, but I sware, I am not copying, I am just lerning how to draw dragons, so I can develop my own style, but anyway, this is really awesome and useful. Thank you!
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thank you :D have you checked out dragontutorial.com? There are some more tutorials there :)
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:icondragonmaster62835:
Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most certanly welcome :D
Yes, I have. Awesome thing. I will use it in my future artworks. Thanks! :)
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RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you had the bone diagrams in there, and nice walk cycle! ty!
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally! I am so sick of 'this is how you draw dragons' tutorials, where they make it all around a stereotypical Western dragon and tell you this is how you draw them, no other way is permitted. I do love how here you encourage people to play with anatomy and make unique dragons. It's what I do and have always done. Fantasy has no boundaries.
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you! I don't like those kinds of tutorials either, I mean, dragons are in fact not a real animal (no matter what some might think of that) and thus there's no "real" way of drawing them either :D
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Asparticus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
holy hell this is going to be tough. thanks for all the tutorial ^^
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ExplodedPineapple Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for making this tutorial! I always had some trouble understanding the bone-structure of dragons, especially the wings!
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thanks. Hope you check out dragontutorial.com for more tutorials: [link]
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ExplodedPineapple Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the link^^! This will come in quite handy!
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Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow....*Q*
This tutorial is really helpful...:"D
You're my life safer.....TTuTT
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firedragon12345 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
the best dragon I've drawn was drawn with this tutorial
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Glad you found some help with it :D
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freespirit-spirit Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   General Artist
this is very helpful. Thanks for it! :squee:
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Thank you>!
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freespirit-spirit Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
no problem! <3
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Icetex01 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This most epic dragon tutorial ever i have seen on DA :)
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thank you! :D
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R00-ha-ha Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, it is impressive how much anatomy helps make a properly structured animal. Love this and the walk cycle!
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Brilliant tutorial-- I especially like how you showed diagrams comparing the anatomy of a dragon to a horse and then human... It's interesting to see how our skeletal structures all share these fundamental parts but can be rearranged to create an animal of a completely different build. (I also enjoyed looking at the musculature drawings as well as the walk cycle.)
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Thank you :)
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Sarcul Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Awesome! Very real looking, and simple enough to follow!
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Marcxangfenix Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great dragon
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JaSmino4ka Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student
thank you cery much!
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beatrice1979a Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this.
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edragongirl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist
WEEEEE
I love these!!
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conscript900 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing! Incredible!
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KuranPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so informative! thanks!
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denya-chan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! :la: It was really helpful to me! =D
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Lynxmissteries Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
dragons...ahh... :heart: I love em.
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
good tutorial
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Sand-dragon1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, would it be okay if I use some of the sketches at the bottom as a ref for a shimeji of my character Zuula the baby dragon?
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
yes, sure. Don't forget to link if you post them somewere :)
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Sand-dragon1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
alright, thanks ^^
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Bunkinator Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im working on one right now [link] but I'm having a really hard time with the hind right foot. ((I'm quite comfortable with head, wings, tail, body, it's the feet/hands that end me))
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Yes, the feet can be tricky, I'm working on a tutorial for them and it should be up on dragontutorial.com in about a week or two :)
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The-Iron-Warlord Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I should have said this before and faved this before, because this tutorial was incredibly useful for me while drawing this, so I must thank you greatly for such a well-made tutorial! :D
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alecan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you! Glad it could be of some help! :D
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Erradox Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student General Artist
hey I used your tutorial for help with [link] Just if you wanted to know <3
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