Great White Shark & Dragon Lesson

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A great white shark crossed with a dragon - who would have ever thought? Actually - this was voted on by visitors to the site... the top choice out of five options in total.

Examining a real shark of this kind - and then getting a feel for how we could go about incorporating the fins, the head, the tail, etc. - so they don't look too out of place on a dragon... was a bit tricky at first. Letting the imagination run wild though - it was doable - and now you can do it too!

Here we go...


How to Draw a Great White Shark Crossed with a Dragon

First up - let's get the structure of our drawing down. Notice that unlike I might draw the head of 'just a dragon' - this one's a bit on the big side. This is due to our shark having a very large head and mouth... it's indicated by this larger blue circle...

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And now - given some of the features of a shark, while at the same time keeping those of a dragon in mind - go ahead and sketch out those that you'd like most to bring forward in your finished drawing.

Remember - this is just a rough outline - something to guide you along as you dynamically create your drawing...

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Head and eye first? Sure thing! Really sets the pace for what's to come. Start with the eye of your great white shark (dragon!), followed by the snout...

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OK - so for sure... this is going to be an 'aquatic dragon'. The fins on the back of its head - merging with this more 'shark looking' beginning - helps to early suggest that yes - this dragon will be a swimmer!...

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Get creative - overlap - twist - turn... anything!... but slowly bring your lines further down now, and even sketch in the upper part of the animal's left arm...

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OK - looking good. Looking really neat actually - now continue on down the back. Develop a neat-looking fin - just like a shark's. Another fin on each forearm - why not?

Fun, isn't it! :-)

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Draw the end of the tail first - as this area will overlap the lower left foot. You can tell before you even get at it - just by looking at the structure - whether you drew or visualized it before-hand.

Also - notice the tail looks quite like a great white shark's!

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Depth coming into play now - draw in the hands/claws - and the legs as they are seen obscured by the arm/fin and tail...

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OK - looking awesome now... finish up your lines any way you like. Have fun with the tail - no need to draw yours just like mine. Heck - you might have even gone for a hammerhead shark instead!great white shark  Second Step

So what's next then? Color and details of course... make your dragon - truly one of a kind!...

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And in the end - you've got something totally unique - perhaps even never drawn before. I don't know - never seen something like this as of yet anyway!

Something to give even 'Jaws' a run for his money (although it is kind of cute in a way) - I hope you enjoyed this lesson. And again, I hope that lessons like this one only further encourage to keep at the drawing board.

Try new ideas and practice a ton --- it's a life long passion, and you get 'just a little better' with each new one you make.

Be seeing you for another soon. :-)


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