Chinese Water Dragon Drawing

The Chinese New Year was just a few weeks ago and it was great excuse to draw some dragons. 2012 is the year of the water dragon in the Chinese horoscope. Water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. We use the water dragon to learn a little about Chinese traditions and to create a benevolent mythical creature. In the Water dragon lesson we use line, shape and texture.

Materials: heavyweight sketching paper, sketching pencil, sharpie, and your choice of materials to finish the dragon.

Step #1: Draw light guidelines down the center and across the middle of the paper. Draw a circle for the dragon’s head. 

Step #2: Draw the eye and beak of the dragon.

Step #3: Draw two double “U” shaped lines for the body as shown below.

Step #4: Draw the four legs of the dragon, use a “C” shape for the dragon’s talons.

Step #5: Draw the horns on the head and finish the tail.

Step #6: Draw spiked scales along the back of the dragon. Use the “C” shape for the dragon’s body scales. Use a thin tip sharpie to outline your dragon and erase the erase the pencil lines.

Step #7: Time to finish your dragon, be creative and have some fun.

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