Dragons are mythical, legendary creatures, usually depicted with a long, snake-like body, wings like a bat, and the ability to breathe fire. The word "dragon" is derived from the Greek word drakōn, meaning "large serpent." Some dragons are depicted as vicious monsters, while others are friendly and even helpful to human companions.
Myths of dragons arose independently in various parts of the world. In the Middle East, they were derived from the existence of large, poisonous serpents. In Egypt and elsewhere, some deities were dragon-like in form. In China, dragons were often seen as a force for good, and their image represented the imperial family. In Europe, dragons featured not only in legend but on shields, ships, and coats of arms. Maps from past centuries at times held the words "here be dragons," or depictions of the animals, in unexplored or dangerous regions.
Dragons have long featured in art, as they continue to today. From ancient vases and throne rooms, to modern religious items of China and Japan, to fan art and t-shirts, dragons are abundant.
A number of books, movies and television series highlight this creature, including the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, the original film and remake of Pete's Dragon, various fairy tale cartoons such as Shrek and Sleeping Beauty, and the wildly popular Game of Thrones television series.
Would you like to draw a dragon's eye? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or something similar to shade your finished drawing.
1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line to outline the top of the eye.
2. Draw another long, curved line, meeting the first on each end, to enclose the shape of the eye. Notice the curve of the line, how it forms a rounded point; how this gives the eye a nearly rectangular appearance.
3. Draw a curved line upwards from the corner of the eye. Draw another line from the eye to meet this one at a steep angle. This forms a scale along the dragon's eye ridge. From the first scale, draw another curved line, and enclose it by drawing another line from the eye. Repeat this process a third time, forming a third scale.
4. From the corner of the eye, draw a curved line, downward. From this point, draw a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points. Follow the contour of the eye, and connect the final line to the eye near the opposite corner. This forms the scales beneath the eye.
5. Enclose two curved triangle shapes, overlapping near the back of the eye. These represent additional scales.
6. Draw a large circle within the eye, forming the dragon's pupil.
7. Draw two curved lines within the pupil, enclosing a narrow, curved triangle and forming a snake-like slit.
8. Draw short, curved lines, connected in jagged points, as well as individual short lines, above and below the eye. This offers additional texture of scales.
9. Draw a series of lines parallel to the bottom of the eye, forming the eye's waterline. Then, within the pupil, draw short lines emanating from the slit.
10. Color your dragon's eye.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.