For as long as there have been fantasy stories, there have been dragons. Here, we will learn how to draw your very own dragon – it is up to you whether he attacking the castle, or defending the princess!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Take a black liner and a ruler, and draw three lines in the center of your page, towards the bottom – two should be vertical, and one horizontal between them. Do not join the bottom right corners just yet.
Use the ruler to draw a dashed line just below the top of the shape.
Then, add “dips” in between each of these dashes so that you end up with a series of crenellations at the top of the shape.
Now add a large “horsehoe” shape emerging from the bottom of your page. Follow this with another, parallel line outside the first, giving you a “ringed” effect”.
Use the black liner and ruler to add another line to the left hand side, parallel with the edge of your original shape. Connect this to the first line with a slightly curved bottom line.
Use the same tools to add another line to the right of the far line. This time, do not go all the way down – instead, stop the line around halfway down.
Now, add horizontal lines to the tops of the spaces you just created, joining the new lines to the original shape.
Add two short, vertical lines to the tops of the horizontal lines you just drew, and then add another “dashed” line to the top on each side, just as you did earlier.
Use the dashes to create crenellations at the top of the castle.
Now for windows: add another “horseshoe” shape inside the towers, with a thicker, rectangle shape at the bottom of each.
Next, use the ruler and liner to add another two parallel lines, emerging upwards from the center of the castle. Add two short, vertical lines to either side of the top.
Now add a dashed line across the top, just as before, and then add another set of three “dashes” just below this.
Use your liner and ruler to add crenellations to this third tower…
And add another “horseshoe” shaped window in the center.
Next, bring two parallel lines up from the center of this top section…
And top this with a curved line. Add another window just above the turret.
Add diagonal lines to turn the curved line into a tall, proud tower, and add a flag to the very top – everyone should know who the castle belongs to!
Now, add a “fish-like” shape just above the left hand tower – this should have a point at the left hand edge, with two curved lines moving in, and a slanted tail.
Move to the slanted tail, and bring a short line out to the right, upwards, and back across towards the top left hand corner of the page.
Add two small marks just inside the pointed part of this new shape.
Now, add a small “point” to the top of the line…
And add two circles above this, with two small dots in the center of each circle. Make sure that these are connected to the long line – can you see the creature starting to form?
Add two marks above the eyes to give your dragon some eyebrows…
And then bring the top line round, up over the eyes, and curve it back down to meet the bottom of the left hand tower. Add another line just beside this one, this time curving up to meet the bottom of the jaw.
Now add a “C” shape just to the left of the left hand tower, and beside this, add a curve, leading to a square top to create a wing.
Add another shape to the top of the head – this should look almost like a cross, without the right arm.
Add another horn to the left of the first, and a few fierce spikes all along your dragons back.
And then add a curve to the bottom of the neck, just inside the left hand line. Add a few small, horizontal marks to this.
Now add a few small circles to the neck, roughly in line with the wing, to give your dragons skin some texture.
Next, add two small “claws”, one peeking out from the left hand side of the dragon, and the other to the left of the tower.
Draw a vertical line from the top of the left tower, straight up to underneath the dragons chin.
Now bring another vertical line up, from the right hand tower.
Use the lines you just created to form two “tunnels”, each of which is topped with a curved line.
Now, add triangle shapes to the tops of these curved lines to add extra towers to the castle.
Every dragon needs a tail! Bring a curved line around from the right hand tower, down, and back across to the left hand side of the page. Add a series of small triangles all along the length of this.
Bring another line around, parallel with the first on the bottom, and join the ends of the tail in a sharp point. Add a pointed triangle to the end to give your dragon some serious scales.
Add another triangle to the end of the tail, creating an “arrow” shape.
Add spikes and scales all along the end to bring your dragon to life.
Now, grab a red pen, and use this to add color to the flag and the eyes of the dragon.
With an orange pen, fill in the horns on top of the dragons head.
Use a blue pen to add color to the top towers…
And a gray pen to fill in the windows and the doorframes of your castle.
Grab the blue pen again, and add a careful outline to the left hand line of the right hand tower.
Then use a gray pen to add small “bricks” and details to the main body of the tower.
Use a bold purple pen to fill in the two outside towers…
And a vibrant cyan pen for the original two at the front, and the central “balcony”.
Switch to a cyan pencil for the main central tower, and the tops of the front two structures.
Use your cyan pen to add brickwork to the front of the castle….
And a cyan pencil for the rest of this section.
Take a black liner, and use this to add details to the door by drawing a series of vertical lines down the shape.
Use an orange pencil to fill in the rest of the door…
And grab a light green pen for the body of your dragon.
Now use a yellow-green pen to shade in the belly of the dragon, and the space under the chin.
Bring the sharp scales to life with a bold green pen…
And use a yellow green pen for the hidden wing.
Now use a green pen to create a series of curved lines, drawing the path to the castle…
And fill in the shape with a green pencil to finish.
Voila! You now have a fearsome dragon, and a castle to defend – the question is: is the dragon friend or foe…