12 Drawings of Dragons to Inspire Artists

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I’ve always been a fan of drawings of dragons, but admittedly, I’ve never actually drawn one myself. I think it’s because they seem intimidating to draw.

On my journey as an artist, I’ve learned that the only way you can get good at something is by practicing. For that reason, I’ve decided to learn how to draw a dragon.

As I was browsing dragon art references, I thought that it would be cool if I shared some of my favorites with you. Most of these drawings are pretty advanced and detailed, however, I’ve also included some that are great for new artists too.

Below I’m sharing 12 dragon drawings to inspire artists. If you prefer to follow video tutorials, I’ll also be linking some of my favorite dragon drawing tutorials on YouTube. Make sure you check them out!

dragon with moon
Artist Credit: tsaoshin
dragon with unicorn
Artist Credit: brassdragon
baby dragon with butterfly
Artist Credit: tsaoshin

Dragon Drawing YouTube Tutorials

If you prefer to follow video drawing tutorials, here are some dragon drawing tutorials you can check out on YouTube. I’ve also included the skill level after the title.

colorful dragon eyes
Artist Credit: naschi
dragon head drawings
Artist Credit: markcrilley
cute pink dragon
Artist Credit: lighane

Create a Backstory for Your Dragon

When searching for tips on drawing dragons, a really cool idea I learned from Creative Bloq is to create a backstory for your dragon.

For example, by adding scars to your dragon, you’re telling the story of a previous battle the dragon has experienced. I thought that this was such a cool idea, and something I plan on doing for my drawing.

Another tip they suggest is to give your dragon a personality. I think that this is another great idea. I highly recommend checking out the article (linked above) for more great dragon drawing advice.

purple and blue dragon
Artist Credit: alviaalcedo
steampunk dragon drawing
Artist Credit: tsaoshin
easy baby dragon drawing
Artist Credit: alviaalcedo

Draw Your Dragon from Different Angles

If you want to perfect your drawing, you can start by drawing the dragon’s head from different angles, making it look the same at each angle.

In the beginning, your dragon may not look like the same character from different angles. You might also notice that some angles look better than others. Don’t worry about that. Just keep practicing and you will get better.

dragon underwater
Artist Credit: tsaoshin
dragon in sky
Artist Credit: alviaalcedo
three baby dragons

Artist Credit: alviaalcedo

I hope you’ve been inspired by the dragon drawing references that I’ve shared. As you can see, there is no right way to draw a dragon. They can be large and aggressive or cute and colorful. Let your creativity lead you on your journey, and you’ll be proud of the art you create.

For more drawing ideas, make sure you check out the posts I’ve shared below.

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