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Dragon tutorial by Evolvana Dragon tutorial by Evolvana
You asked for it, here it is! :) it's my first tutorial so I hope it will help! I tried to make one a bit different from the usual anatomy ones you can find on deviantart.

I focused more on the details, shapes, types of dragons, so you can diversify the types of dragons you're drawing! :D I hope it will help!

EDIT: About the WINGS attached to the top of the shoulder: some people said it's impossible for a dragon to fly with wings at this place, but I focused on aesthetics more than on anatomy logic (after all if we follow logic, you should have to make your wings with a very precise size, calculate everything according to the weight of your dragon, etc, etc) Dragons don't exist and that's why it is fun to draw them. I chose the example of the wing attached to the shoulder because it's for me the most beautiful one and the one we see the most even in professional artworks, because it looks more "badass" and elegant. But of course you can put the wings lower on the back, or attach them differently to the body. I just won't guarantee it will look good. There are so many different ways to draw a dragon ^^

An example of my dragons!
Daenerys and Drogon by Evolvana The Dragon Tower by Evolvana Smaug the dragon by Evolvana Water dragon - motherly love by Evolvana

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Et promis je l'ai traduit aussi en français, et le voici donc: img19.imageshack.us/img19/6996…
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:iconnightmareeclipse6789:
Some of the things you said kinda aren't true..
A dragon doesn't need most of these things to be a dragon, it can be a dragon no matter what it looks like.
Dragons are made from your imagination not a directions book.

I don't mean to be blunt, but i had to speak my mind.
Your art is great, just don't tell people how to draw things or else their gonna want more directions from other peoples perspectives.
Then everything's going to be a mess.
:watplx3d: watplx 3D 50x50 derp 
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Haha, don't worry I don't oblige anyone to use the tutorial. I'm not giving orders here ^^ people use it if they want to (like aaaaall the other tutorials on internet), I just give "some examples of what a dragon COULD look like" (it is said in the tutorial "make your imagination work", see the very last part), it's not "how a dragon absolutly looks like and that cannot be different".
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:iconnightmareeclipse6789:
lol k, just making it clear

^u^
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DWrrar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love it
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iLoVEoNepIeCe00 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
it will help a lot thnx for the details
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:iconfirepelt1122:
Firepelt1122 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! This helped a lot!!
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:iconarishi-hazard:
Arishi-Hazard Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!!! Your notes are so easy to follow! Gosh, I gotta start drawing dragons. They look incredible. 
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
I hope it will be useful! :)
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:iconarishi-hazard:
Arishi-Hazard Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure it will!!! Thank you~ ( ̄▽ ̄)
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:iconwaterystar:
waterystar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, easy to digest tutorial.
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:iconnoviazi:
Noviazi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
This is amazing, and well detailed with little notes here and there. Absolutely lovely.
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
thanks :)
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:iconfamegirl:
Famegirl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love it
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Scarab70 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Rah...avec ce tuto tu me donnerais presque envie de m'y essayer, c'est légèrement tentateur pour quelqu'un qui dessine pas autrement :D
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Disons que ce ne sont pas exactement "les bases du dessin" mais des idées pour détailler ou diversifier tes dragons si tu en dessines :XD:
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:iconlordstoic:
LordStoic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thank you!
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:iconsuraba:
Suraba Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Wonderful tutorial! You addressed it all.  I would love to use this with some students who like fantasy drawing?
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Feel free to use it ^^ I hope it can help!
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:iconthenanners:
TheNanners Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WOW this is so great thank you!  Best tutorial I've found :D
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Thanks :D
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:icontoshcka:
Toshcka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Thank you very much! It's the best tutorial, I have ever seen ^_^
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Glad it could help :)
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:iconmrtommaya:
MrTommaya Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Thank you very much!! =)
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:iconrimey:
Rimey Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I'm drawing a dragon right now and this is very helpful ^_^ thanks a lot for making this tutorial
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
you're welcome ^^
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:icondragoonmaster-26:
DragoonMaster-26 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Nice designs
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:iconmoonpawwarrior:
moonpawwarrior Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I love all the different options and styles. This is most certainly helpful.
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
I'm happy if it can help ^^
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:iconblueshiranui:
BlueShiranui Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great Tutorial.
But what about the front claws? I have huge problems with the hands of a dragon :/
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Usually I draw the front claws a bit like the back ones, but a bit thiner ^^
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:iconwatanukikun:
watanukikun Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Cool tutorial! Thanks for this. It should help me somehow. :)
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
You're welcome ^^
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:iconmidnights-starlight:
Midnights-Starlight Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exceedingly helpful :D I've been trying to get head shapes down for ages!
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
That's cool if it can help!! :D
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Midnights-Starlight Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:icontolkienandtea:
tolkienandtea Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial, you're really talented!!
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I hope it helps ^^
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:iconflameous-thedragon:
Flameous-TheDragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This was quite helpful! Ill try to improve my Dragons by following your tips :)
Thank you for sharing! :3
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
you're welcome ^^
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:iconandreblackdragon:
AndreBlackDragon Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
nice tutorial and good references ! very useful ! thanks !
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
:)
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:iconconscript900:
conscript900 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
what do you recommend when it comes to scaleing(size)
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I love drawing enormous dragons, so it really depends on your tastes ^^ they can be as large as you want! :)
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:iconconscript900:
conscript900 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I mean more or less in comparission to other parts like the length of the legs or the neck. etc
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
My white dragon has a very long neck, short legs and small wings, but my Smaug has a shorter neck and bigger wings for exemple... so you're free to draw what you prefer.

If you draw a flying dragon, the wings should be quite big, it has to look a bit realistic (very small wings would look strange on a big dragon).
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:iconconscript900:
conscript900 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student General Artist
and humourous
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:iconthereallara:
thereallara Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I like it! Thanks
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TMNTbyEllSmyth Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NightShadeNinja  Thought you might like this :D
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ParaXellate Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can I have your permission to have it in my tutorials group?
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
You can add it to your group and I'll accept the request message ;)
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