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October 10 , 2010

Drawing Dragons: How to Draw Mythical Creatures for the Beginner


Drawing Dragons - How to Draw Mythical Creatures for the Beginner

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Table of Contents
PART I | Dragons: General Facts and Fiction
Dragons in European Mythology
Dragons in Asian Culture
Dragons in Mysticism and Religion
The Dragon Realm
Aliens and Dragons
Rebirth of Dragons in Modern Art and Media
Puff the Friendly Dragon
Ancient Scrolls and Tattoo Art
PART II | How to Draw Dragons
Drawing Tools
The Drawing Process
Setting a Creative Intention
Drawing in Layers
Anatomical Structure and Proportion
Parts of the Dragon
Eastern Dragon
Western Dragons
Basic Rendering Exercises
Dragon Rendering
The Author and Artist


Fantasy has been in existence since time immemorial. From myths that tell of the earth’s creation, to folk and old wives’ tales that explain life and its mysteries, to bedtime stories that fill the dreams and imaginations of children… they have enthralled audiences of all ages from every era.

One of the most treasured of these fantasy creatures are the dragons. While there is not a trace proving their existence, there is a minefield of precious artifacts that reveal humanity’s fascination with them.

Where did they originate? How long had they been around? What caused their disappearance? Maybe the answers will remain a mystery, but an exploration into the world, where fire-breathing creatures come alive, would always be a worthwhile endeavor.

The first of the How to Draw Mythical Creatures for the Absolute Beginner series, Dragons is divided into two parts. Part One explores the presence of dragons in Art and Pop Culture. Part Two equips novices with the necessary drawing processes and techniques. Using the most basic of tools, you will be provided with straightforward instructions that aim to bolster your creative skills.

Included in the drawing process is a discussion on rendering techniques and exercises. Rudimentary to the beginning artist, the discussion is succinct, direct, yet thorough.

Moreover, a glossary has been included to aid the absolute beginner. This will keep one from getting caught in the trap of confounding words frequently used not only in this book, but also in the drawing community.

May every reader enjoy this delightful guide into the mythical!

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