Dragon Art Tutorial part 1

Dragon Art Tutorial part 1

Wellcome! I will escribe the most important steps made ​​during the creation of this image..
This sketch shows the general idea of the design of head and neck. It is full of spikes, apparently hard to understand. The goal is to make the structure easy to “read” to the observer. A lineart drawing without shading makes it evident Has many details and shapes inside the outline, Horns, scales, is not easy understand these reliefs, This simplified draw,to show the basic forms, it should display this mentally. It is very important to decide the spotlight position. And imagine their volumes and shadows. Concerning the design, got his eye partially covered
like a resource that helps to give expression and character. Drawing the skull side-view you can anticipate a functional structure. For example, the jaw joint. Essentially it is very similar to a plier. Despite being a mythological animal, Treatment should be based on real animals (anatomy, details, poses) It is common to find fantastic art “convincing” the
thus imaginary.. This figure can be compared to that of a horse or an eagle,
extending his neck and mouth in this way.. Si dibujamos algunas líneas proyectadas hacia atrás. And connects to the neck, we get
an aerodynamic shape. The horns and spikes is projected in the same direction
reinforce that impression. The goal is not to connect all the lines without interruption. But at intervals, make some changes in direction and rhythm. In this image foreshortening can apply the same principle. Some joints of the wing can be connected
with the projected lines from head and neck. Again, I include other flow direction so that they are not so obvius to the eye… Consider this same principle applied to a long shot. This time using two colors to differentiate the two dynamic flow. Any figure or theme drawing can take advantage of this
type of exercise. But in creatures drawings with many details, can make
difference between the comprehensible and chaotic. For the lineart, brush configuration is very simple.
diameter and opacity with pressure. (I wish I could draw as fast as this video capture). The lineart took me about 25 minutes. I prefer to draw the details I will not forget later
although some should leave them until paint. As shallow spots or marks that can not be considered relief. Darken the background and use a color wheel
to decide the color palette to use. A narrow base triangle is easycontrol a triad A database of cool colors go well with a hot accent color. Using blue-gray for the upper skin of the dragon. Paint on a layer in normal mode over the lineart layer. Uncovered this stroke The most important thing at this stage of work is …: I only paint those areas that are in the spotlight
directly. Avoid painting the sides and blind spots.. Therefore it is important to practice and gain confidence in the use of chiaroscuro. To prevent the armor plates larger than the neck, chest and legs Are seen as artificial as steel plates or cardboard Paint strokes in sequence that resemble scales, And adapts to the contours of these larger plates. That will give them an organic look. Similar to the ranges of lines, try not to put the same level of detail in the entire visible surface of the skin. Toggle prefer areas with more and less detail, and provide comfortable rest to the eye. With practice we can decide to detail and not to facilitate the reading of the entire creature. We also anticipate that the viewer will look more in that order. And still more ambitious, not only design the creature, but the viewing experience. Now I apply the same color used on its own lights,
this time in a new layer, In normal mode 40% opacity. Paint in the remaining spaces, extending a gradient under the lights. In some cases step over the line, clearing a little. I can also add some extras. This line allows me to crop the image without using the tool “plume ” of photoshop
It’s a little slower, but the result is more natural. I burn a radial area with highlights using activated Dodge
in the layer of light (min 5) As a result the effect dissipates celshadding floor plan Change the background color from gray to a warm, or otherwise, the idea is to see
options.. The layer made ​​from white line surrounding the dragon
shift to the background color (blue-gray)) And on it I select with the lasso general ideas lightened or darkened areas as a basis for the fund.


  • sasukessssss says:

    Gracias por el tutorial, está genial, como siempre 😉

  • AngellGaby says:

    Awsome :#

  • Jota Ilustrador says:

    Muy muy bueno, me encanta, lo voy a poner en practica.

    Muy buena tu técnica de dibujo digital, se nota que tienes mucha experiencia.

  • Cancerbero21 says:

    exelente, esperando la parte 2 con ganas 😀

  • Kecske Tábornok says:

    Music name pls.

  • MrKaioman says:

    Monster hunter influence ? 🙂

  • elgrimlock says:

    @MrKaioman A lot XD, starting from de 1rst game.

  • elgrimlock says:

    @paszi011 sure. 1.ost monster hunter frontier (pc) / 2. Ost Guilty Gear / 3. Avalon ost.

  • MrKaioman says:

    @elgrimlock Lol , yeah me too . Nice draw dude 🙂

  • SeniorX says:

    awesome, thanks a lot!

  • RafeReM says:

    Awensome 😀

    I was really surprised that last song will be singing by polish choir (Poland here, and one of your watcher from DA for loong time 😉 ) ;D I just wasn't expected you listing polish song (or maybe it's just that one?) 🙂

    PS. Great tutorial great art on DA for all time 🙂
    …and I'm waiting for episode 2! ^.=.^

  • Sena Chandrahera says:

    how to make those color circle so i can choose it just by clicking it? like from 3:00 until 3:28

  • Sena Chandrahera says:

    oh, and can u explain me what are those and how to do it in 4:30 until 4:50 please?

  • rathian619 says:

    @MrKaioman omg ur so right 🙂 it is monster gunter alike 🙂 mhaha i luve that game ^^

  • Silverkeeper says:

    exelente me sacara de muchas dudas .esperando parte 2!

  • elgrimlock says:

    @ScratchScratchPencil I understand, I draw I like drawing with pencil, I have the hope that new generations tools evolve to that too.

  • elgrimlock says:

    @firethrought if haha, I noticed. I missed that detail, Greetings

  • elgrimlock says:

    @rathian619 🙂

  • elgrimlock says:

    @seagrid888 Sure, use a color wheel to choose colors that I use, is a traditional technique in painting, to have compositions in harmony, you can research online about concepts such as triad
    is one of the most popular painters to choose the colors that were used, but there are more ways in wikipedia in the protocol and composition theory mentioned information is also abundant in the pages of painters, Greetings

  • elgrimlock says:

    @seagrid888 Hello, is not a tool of the program, is only two round selections filled in red and green over the paper, in that form, the click is really the tool dropper,only the standard photoshop use, Greetings

  • elgrimlock says:

    @ketsuo79 De nada ! feliz sr

  • elgrimlock says:

    @RafeReM Thanks! This theme is one of my favorites, is from the movie Avalon, 2001, and was filmed in Poland and directed by the Ghost in the shell creator. Take care!

  • Sena Chandrahera says:

    @elgrimlock where can i get such color wheel? is it has to be downloaded?
    and i see you have 3 sampler, a 3 warm color such as oranges, reds, but i see that you change it into blue, how to do it?

  • RafeReM says:

    @elgrimlock Yes, I saw that movie when it appears on dvd 🙂 When they created, there was many positives from both side of film Japan-Poland, but really.. director and also Ghost in the shell isn't still well know title here. Many people just hear about it, but watch less of them, except mostly the fans 😉
    Also take care!

  • ShunOne says:

    @Sald8Trin Holy Orders (Be Just or Be Dead)
    @elgrimlock This is very insightful. Thanks for the post.

  • Setsuna Yagami says:

    Wow! Me encanta tu tutorial! Yo siempre he querido dibujar dragones o cualquier criatura monstruosa y mitológica, pero para eso debo de aprender a hacer animales xD y bueno, apenas estoy en eso… pero bueno, me gusta como explicas tus pasos, realmente se entienden a la perfección!
    Ansio ver la siguiente parte y si me animo, intentaré hacer un dragón (que no creo que me quede tan bien como los tuyos, pero sirve de práctica 😀 ).
    Saludos =)

  • Rubikari says:

    Hasta ahora no tenía ni idea de para qué servía mover el centro de una selección en modo "Transformación Libre", gracias por mostrarnos ese truco con la mandíbula, fue genial.

  • Lunis1992 says:

    Where did you got Kye's theme remix?

  • XxFenrierxX says:

    Exelente, muchas grasias por el tutorial 😀

  • Texdrawings says:

    orale!! la del triangulo no me lo sabia! :O, gracias por el tutorial!!!, deveras me ayudo mucho :).

  • Nisnis mehh says:

    shuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, genialoso!

  • Alan Rivas says:

    como se llama la cancion?

  • zorrojugador says:

    😀 testa muy lindo el dragon!

  • PowerExcelsior2 says:

    Excelente video brother, eres de mis ilustradores favoritos, amo todas tus obras.

    Excelente la 2da canción, Guilty gear Rules!

  • Wolf Guard Miestwin says:

    Awesome! Very helpful. When there will be part 2?

  • RazorBlast says:

    Este video me dieronn ganas de volver a dibujar dragones y practicar mas >__<!

    Che pregunta aparte, cual es la cancion que suena a partir de los 6:00??

  • Alvaro RC - Shiracko says:

    me encanta como dibujas la verdad la unica pregunta con que programa dibujas por que yo lo hago pero con el photoshop pero no queda igual

  • edd viv says:


  • Juan R. Castiñeiras says:

    Pintas de forma increíble. Lo que más me llama la atención es cómo haces para tener tan claro donde van las sobras, es decir, ¿cómo sabes qué zonas tienes que iluminar? (me refiero sobre todo al proceso que sigues a partir del minuto 5)

  • Eddy Unknown says:

    Wow, pretty awesome man, i seen all of ur work on DA, its one of the best their is. Im glad i found one of ur Vid 😀 Buen trabajo!

  • Charlie yagami says:

    por favor respondeme como se le llama a este tipo de coloreado es decir si yo quisiera buscar mas tutos en internet como deberia buscarlo orientame me interesa mucho esto

  • elgrimloco says:

    @karmofear Claro, Es pintura digital si emula tecnica tradicional, es decir, no deja ver la linea negra. Es difícil ser mas especifico, poca gente pinta iniciando con las luces como lo hago en este video. La mayoría usa Grisalla, es decir, desde volumenes en grises y colorizando poco a poco en capas, asi si encontraras muchos tutoriales y muy buenos, anque también puede hallar tutoriales que van de oscuro hasta claros. Espero haber ayudado, saludos

  • elgrimloco says:

    @KingredDark Thank so much 🙂

  • elgrimloco says:

    @johncasti91 Muchas gracias, inicialmente requiere muchas referencias, pero con la practica vas anticipandote a saber donde van las areas de luz y sombra, creo que como todo es cosa de costumbre y ya se adquiere mas confianza en hacer volumenes, saludos!

  • elgrimloco says:

    @josebatzmaru La primer no recuerdo, es del disco de el juego monster Hunter version pc frontier, la segunda es de guilty gear y la ultima de la pelicula Avalon. Saludos

  • elgrimloco says:

    @07Obito "el-grimlock" saludos

  • elgrimloco says:

    @shiracko1 Gracias también uso photoshop, lo que determina el aspecto es la secuencia de trazos, o el tipo de tecnica, en este caso pinto con las luces y luego suaviso con medios tonos, saludos

  • Charlie yagami says:

    gracias por responder mi pregunta amigo me gustaria que me pasaras tu correo para poder conversar un poco solo para orientarme porque en verdad adoro esto dibujar crear y demas, quisiera saber como si solo se llama dibujo digital, que estilo tomaste, como fuiste aprendiendo, los programas que usaste, todo solo con el fin de orientarme porque enserio que quisiera aprender a dibujar como tu gracias de nuevo cuidate mucho y nos vemos.

  • Avelina Ledesma says:


  • Loheco BlackZone Draco says:

    Oye como haces para que el pincel pinte asi? le modificas algo?

  • jonathan opazo says:

    ajjajaja mauricio herrera me acorde artiro de mitos y leyenda jajajjajajajajjajaj

  • Colan Luo says:


  • Dectroh says:

    pa cuando la segunda parte?

  • mitko358 says:


  • Charlie yagami says:

    y la parte 2 .-.

  • Kurayami111 says:

    Wow your amazing, I got the book with your art in it, I swear everyone in the Dragonworld book is my insperation, I wanna do awsome stuff like this ^^

  • antonio Lopez says:

    me podrias decir que programas estas usando porfavor?

  • ThatAussieGirl Cathy says:

    Im starting in digital painting and i adore monsters specially dragons, Could you tell me the name of the brushes your using and what they are set on?

  • Cesar says:


  • Cesar says:

    alguém assiste fazendo favor?

  • Nova8938 says:

    What brush do you use to sketch?

  • galefraney says:

    Excellent video. Your techniques are amazing. Will you be posting Part 2 of this video, or one that goes through the entire process from start to finish? This is one of the best videos for painting dragons on YouTube (I've watched a lot) and yours demonstrates flawless technique in both drawing and Photoshop.

    Like many of the others who've posted, I'd be interested if you could explain some of the brush settings you use for various aspects of the painting and drawing phases.

    Much admiration

  • Lil Chuco De Viejitos 1 says:

    You had a green and yellow dragon what book was that put in it was a dragon book but I can't find the book

  • Gamer - says:

    legendary 0_0

  • Francisca Urrutia says:

    Could you people help to my friend giving him in his video (He is Drawing and painting a Dragon) /watch?v=_-EbrrRYDMk , Thanks you!

    Podrian Ayuadar a mi amigo Chileno dandole un like a su video (Aparece dibujando y pintando un dragón) /watch?v=_-EbrrRYDMk ! Gracias muchachos!

  • Kugel says:

    why only 360p?

  • Javier Flores says:

    Gracias por el toturial, esta genial.

  • 3DarkSnow3 says:

    You gave polish music in your playlist for this video…:D
    It's amazing what you created here! O

  • Keith says:

    El puto amo, señor mis respetos!!!

  • Draw with claws Arturo A. says:

    Donde puedo encontrar libros tuyos o ilustraciones impresas.

  • Draw with claws Arturo A. says:

    Fan de mtl me gusta tu estilo,muy chingones tus dragones !

  • takeshi mariscal says:

    Wow!! Mis respetos!!!

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