Everybody seems to like dragons. Just think about it. There are so many fantasy stories where someone rides a dragon, is helped by a dragon or ends up having to kill a dragon and of course the 'Dragon Riders Of Pern' stories by Anne McCaffrey have helped to popularise dragon riding as a theme. Recently the film 'Avatar' showed the same thing, it has to be said, pretty spectacularly in 3D animation.
|A small dragon clutching a tree.|
I didn't really get on with Avatar as a film and I don't care too much for dragons in my reading material to tell the truth, it's not my kind of thing - but drawing dragons? That's a different matter altogether.
So how would you draw a dragon? Well, that dragon at the left is an older image I did from about five years ago and I'll be using him as a reference, after all it's not as if I can use a photograph is it?
In fact I did use a photograph - of a Komodo dragon for the musculature of the torso, and I was very lucky to find one in just the right attitude and in just the right light. The photograph helped but much of the dragon is imagination, because the trouble is that Komodo dragons just aren't that impressive (unless one is sitting on your chest biting your vitals out). They look sort of boneless when relaxed, resting on their bellies with their rubbery legs bent up or lying in apparently limp loose heaps.
Here's a working image for the picture I intend to produce.
|A dragon rider - in rough. Ignore the heads, they're just on the same sheet.|
|Part of the polishing up process, figuring out what the dragon in the working drawing would really look like.|
Here's my beginning drawing for the head.
|All the above pictures were pencil on paper - this is digital.|
Using the shrink and add on technique I'm now expanding the image using the working drawing as a guide. I'm going to have to cut to the chase with the drawing or this blog will never end, but the drawing is now finished and so here it is.
|I wasn't timing it, but I estimate that the finished drawing took about four hours.|