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How to draw Classic European Dragons by Gewalgon How to draw Classic European Dragons by Gewalgon
Inspiried by Wotansvogels' Raven tutorial, I decided to create a tutorial for classic european dragons.
It's made for dragon artist beginners and those, who have some problems with the dragon wing anatomy.
Please keep in mind that this tutorial shows my style at last, you needn't to use it if you don't like it! ;-)
And never forget:
There's no such thing as bad art Stamp by Gewalgon by Gewalgon
Thanks to all who helped me with their constructive criticism to improve the tutorial. :la:


[Drawn with "GIMP" and bamboo graphic tablet]



More art from me showing classic european dragons:
Moondragon Ava by Gewalgon Be free! by Gewalgon Union of the Three ~ by Gewalgon


© Copyright by me, Gewalgon - Bettina Catana
Please don't take, use, reupload, etc. my work without my wirtten permission. Thank you! ♥

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SolarLugia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great little tutorial! Personally, its a pet peeve of mine when Bat-like wings (Or Dragon-like) are drawn with incorrect membranes attached to the body...:doh:
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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:icontheshadowempress:
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The tutorial doesn't have a lot in it (dragon heads are hard.... :/) but it has got good references for the things you explained more about. :D
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it was my first one, and I'm still very hapy with it :-)
But dragon head? Would be a good idea to add it, but I don't know if I could draw in the same style I used for the tutorial again xD
Thank you!
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ilovemybirdies Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Thank you that is now my claw reference :D
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconilovemybirdies:
ilovemybirdies Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Yay thanks for the llama! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks,I'm learning how to draw dragons myself :3
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad if the tutorial can help you! :-)
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Trying not to copy reference pictures, but use them as a guide :)
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I even wouldn't mind if you try to draw the same dragons :-)
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Someone told me copying refs was mechanical and not actually learning anything.
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see a big difference between copying a picture or using it as orientation :-)
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
So doooo I :)
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:iconiamnow-livingpotato:
Iamnow-LIVINGPOTATO Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so amazing!<3<3<3
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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Iamnow-LIVINGPOTATO Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its super helpful to!
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RainstarKitty Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is quite a useful tutorial, especially for people who don't understand anatomy. I'm very happy you included the membrane tip, that always bugs me when I see beautiful artwork but flawed anatomy due to "hang-butt" or not having the membrane connect far enough down. I did notice one thing, though. You seem to be missing the propatagium. It's a flap of membrane that connects from the wing shoulder to the wrist and prevents hyper-extension of the wing arm. All flying and gliding critters that we know of(excluding insects) have a propatagium. Examples: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… content.answcdn.com/main/conte… origin-ars.els-cdn.com/content…
Hope I helped. c:
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Be greeted!
Thank you, I'm glad you like the tutorial! :-)
Oh no, I didn't miss it. I never used to draw this little membran, because I think you can't compare dragons 100% with other flying animals, because they're 6-limbed, not 4 limbed like birds or the flying dinosaur you showed me.
I think dragons should/could be able to stretch their "wingarms" 100%, like I showed in the fullbody flying dragon body in "2. The body".
This membran seemed always wrong to me, but at least it's the personal taste :-)

But thank you for the constructive critism! :aww:
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:iconrainstarkitty:
RainstarKitty Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, alright. Personally, I like to reference real creatures as often as possible for my dragons, though I guess that can be personal taste to an extent.
Thank you for your informative reply. c:
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:iconaleclipze:
Aleclipze Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial will help me lots when I start drawing more dragons again :D
Thanks for making this! ^^
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear that! :-)
It was my pleasure! :shamrock:
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:iconwanderingfantasy:
WanderingFantasy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
very helpful!:D
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, I'm glad if it can help you! :la:
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:iconkkyoko666:
Kkyoko666 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad if it can help you! :-)
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Kkyoko666 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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:iconnmystery:
nmystery Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
you have some amazing dragons
i've been trying to draw a realistic dragon
and this was very helpful
thanks!
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad to hear the Tutorial can help you maybe! :-)
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missMiku-chanX Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student
oh, wow, thanks so much for making this!
Now I can finally make wings that don't completely suck.
^^
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was my pleasure! :-)
I'm glad if it can help you!^^
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:iconandreblackdragon:
AndreBlackDragon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
you just short everything a dragon needs to ... well ... be a dragon ! its rally niec for ppl starting to draw then ( someone such as me ! )
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
I'm glad if the tutorial can help you! :-)
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AndreBlackDragon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
i thank you ! and welcome !
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Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It is going slow and carefull, but it is done soon. :)
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Dragonmaster62835 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Really usefull guide! I am going to use it on my next picture! The guide, not anything else.
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad if it can help you! :-)
I am looking forward your drawing! ^^
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CodenCelestialLumins Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This should help give me some groundwork for "Classic European Style" dragons. :) I am glad you mentioned you don't mind other forms, especially some that are taken as a combination of different styles.
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad that it can help you! :-)
Thank you for your comment!
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CodenCelestialLumins Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :) Several months ago, I was working on designing a dragon, but I was having trouble with getting the wings to look right, particularly with the fingers/wing supports. This tutorial has encouraged me to continue the picture.
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear this! :-)
I'm curious, could you send me a link to your picture when you will finish it?
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CodenCelestialLumins Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! It may be a little while, though, as I am currently working on a project for someone. I'll try to get it done soon. :) *It's actually based on a specific type of dinosaur (the identity of which I will not reveal at this time). So, I guess it can be considered a hybrid..
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JohnAndrewSmith Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This is really cool!
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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:iconmayzart:
Mayzart Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really great! I love the description of the wings and how you mention the ones that wouldn't let the dragon fly.
However, if you want to get into realistic-ness, I would suggest mentioning that having six limbs isn't realistic at all (the wings and the front legs, along with the back legs, and although this looks impressive and is the basic form of a dragon, there aren't any land animals that I know of that have six limbs like that.)
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Rahjital Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I agree on everything with you here, though I also find it funny that Alvrericjas differs quite a bit from what are you proposing here. Not that it's wrong, I know that the more knowledgeable dragon artists can make changes without it looking bad - like you did on Alvrericjas :D

I probably can't call my own dragons European dragons anymore, they are just too different :XD:
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:icongewalgon:
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your comment! :aww:
There are many different races of dragons, this is just about the "classic" European dragons^^
The last dragons you drew look like Wyvern :D
But I think they could be called European dragons too, (they are just not the "classic" ones, I haven't better words to describe it). But you can find many legends of them in Europa too!
But I hope you didn't misunderstand this tutorial, other dragon races or in another drawing style aren't bad or something like this!
(I only don't like the Spyro wings, except it's a fanart of Spyro :XD:)

And Alvrericjas isn't a classic European dragon, not the feathered version^^ He's a combination of a Phoenix and an European moondragon^^
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:iconrahjital:
Rahjital Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I really need to reply more often, sorry ^^;

Indeed, there are many unique dragon races and breeds. The world would be a lot more boring if there werent :D

Oh believe me, that was purely accidental :XD: He wasn't supposed to look like a wyvern at all, that's just what my poor art skills done.

Europe has a lot of dragon myths, in fact, many European dragons have more than one head (kind of like hydras) or even don't have any legs. There are many kinds of dragons, and as I have said, it's a great thing. There is nothing wrong with creating one's new and original race as well, just as there is no problem with original characters.

I understand about the Spyro wings, they just don't make much sense at all. If the wings don't provide any lift, why have them at all? After all, wingless dragons are awesome too!

Whoa, I had no idea about that, but it does make sense after all, with those feathered wings! It's very interesting to read about him, maybe you should write some more about him in the future! :D
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Sithaen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
This is a really good tutorial!
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