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Dragon tutorial: Anatomy by Lucie-P Dragon tutorial: Anatomy by Lucie-P
EDIT november 2015: Actually, this needs a little update about the wings! Will try to do it soon

EDIT April 6th, 2015:
Okay, I couldn't bear seeing that old tutorial of mine anymore. XD
I needed to do a new one! It's really more complete now.
Hope this will be helpful!

Morphology tutorial: lucie-p.deviantart.com/art/Dra…


Ps: I don't have the credits of the refs I used, so, if you're an owner and you don't want to see your work here, please contact me. I would like to precise this is not to make any profit, just to share a knowledge.
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:iconthegreendragon2002:
thegreendragon2002 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing :3
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
aw thanks c:
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:iconthegreendragon2002:
thegreendragon2002 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
youre welcome it really helped me Ghost IconDancing dragon XD 
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:iconvixendra:
VixenDra Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But why that neck? xD Not a single of the real life examples you gave has a neck like that... Why can't it be the neat, elegant neck, more like a swan than a (heavily caricaturised here^^;) monitor?
Why say it's like a must, instead of simply admitting it's your personal preference? BTW as anything dragon related actually is..;). It's been bothering me about dragon tutorials a lot.
Even about wings and their membrane attachment range. Think about bumblebee, scientists would negate its existence as of a flying creature if it weren't for the fact it does exist and flies... How can that majoirty supporting some theory know that a dragon with less membrane attachment really wouldn't be able to fly, if a bumblebee can and noone can explain how come it can? Perhaps we shouldn't go that far into defining what would be correct or incorrect, and focus more on general but problematic things like musculature? Or just defining it 'dragons according to *insert name*' + disclaimer that other views can be accepted too?
Ana aren't dragons wrong by the mere basic definition? For being vertebraes with more than 2 sets of limbs? Nothing on Earth has other number than 2 pairs of limbs while being a vertebrae, and dragons are definitely drawn as if they were supposed to be vertebraes for havign a spine and stuff. And we can't really assume if a dragon of non-Earth like anatomy and not matching the laws of Earth physics (gravity, mass, carrying power for flight etc.) wouldn't be just right for sme other world/planet?
Also, if an eastern can fly without wings... xD
I'm sometimes wondering if aren't we making sci-fi out of fantasy... ;)
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2015
Wow... Come on, you don't have to be offended by tutorials. XD
Actually, I know dragons do not exist. And by exemple, as you said, it's not physically possible that an eastern dragon could fly. That's just magic. So yes, we could do/draw anything about them.
But that does not prevent to rely on real references. Yes, this is my "personal preference", and you know why? Because it looks more realistic, and because it's always better than something that looks completely off. But if you prefer drawing without thinking about those kind of things, just do as you want, I don't force anybody to. xD
No need to criticize my way of viewing things. I only try to help, and if people don't want to follow this tutorial, they do as they want. ;)

Ps: What you say about bumblebees, and vertebrates with more than 2 pairs of limbs: I explained that in the tutorial. I guess you didn't even read it then!
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Lucy101 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is SO helpful! Thanks for that :thumbsup: :D
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Well, you're welcome =D
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:iconhylian-maiden:
hylian-maiden Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just what I have been looking for! I've been trying to figure out how to draw dragons properly for the longest, and this gives a lot of needed info and detail. Thank you for sharing this :D :D
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
You're welcome, glad it helps! =D
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LahidylArt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist
C'est très complet comme tuto. Et c'est une bonne idée de s'appuyer sur des schémas musculaire d'autres espèces et sur de vrai photos. Joli travail!!
J'ai bien aimé la partie sur le oui/non au niveau du torse ^^ parce qu'avec un de mes perso c'est exactement le contraire xD
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Merci ! ^^
Ah oui ? Quel perso ? :o
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:iconlahidylart:
LahidylArt Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist
De rien ^^
Sombre-Nuit
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Ah bah voui normal il a pas de pattes avant lui :3
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:iconerafine:
Erafine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super tuto!!!!! (j'avais envie de rire quand j'ai vu "cat eye" j'ai de suite pensé au dessin animé bouhaha)
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
yeahhh merci ! :dummy:
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:iconakelun:
Akelun Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow ! Un des meilleurs tutos que j'ai pu voir sur "comment dessiner un dragon" tout en restant fidèle à l'anatomie qui leur correspondrait potentiellement si ces créatures existaient vraiment ! =D
Merci beaucoup, Lucie-P ! Ca devrait m'être assez utile ! =3
D'ailleurs, il m'a déjà utile puisque le petit détail à la fin de la partie I du tuto devrait m'aider à éviter une erreur que j'ai failli faire sur un modèle 3D que j'ai commencé. =D
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
rhooo merciii ♥ Je suis contente si ça aide, c'est le but =D
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AeriPlumis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est tellement utile! Merci! 
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Contente que ça le soit ! =D
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H0ly-LiGhT Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Tellement plein de beaux conseils pratiques, beau travail! :3
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Merci! :3
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:iconinghelene:
Inghelene Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man you've gotten far since last time! xD
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
You mean, completing with so much more details? xD
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MaryferTiger809 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you much! :3
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
You're welcome, I'm glad to know it's helpful :3
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MaryferTiger809 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You are welcome ;3
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SkalblakaFang Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Nice indeed!
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Thanks =)
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
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Lucie-P Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Thank you =)
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome! :icondragongrin:
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BakaAndTensaiArt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this detailed tutorial! I always had a problem with the different head sizes.
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Glad it helps =D
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AndreBlackDragon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
really nice tutorial and head examples ! it really helped me !
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I'm glad it did ^^ thank you
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:iconandreblackdragon:
AndreBlackDragon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
welcome !
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:iconamaraanth:
Amaraanth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
:D helpful!
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:iconflameous-thedragon:
Flameous-TheDragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful, thank you! :3
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Rin-chan1234 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! Lol I used to attach the wing membrane before the thigh...Sweating a little... Also the heads look good! Clap 
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Furattii Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is perfect! Thank you for putting this up! Woohoo! :D
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:iconvixendra:
VixenDra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rules are made to be broken in fantasy. But they should be known first. So I can brak them xD
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p181153 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Une version franšaise serai la bienvenue ! :D
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CalculatorBomb Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I seriously need more help...
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TheSevenDemon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It certainly helped me, so thanks a bunch. :)

I noticed with the wings though... if you space out the "fingers" so that there is one in the crook in between what I guess is the wrist (where the thumb comes out) and the arm, so it is pointing down, then move draw the membrane in a curve going up in a shallow dip, then round and down like a c, ending up behind the "shoulder" it looks OK.
I mean, that works, but more traditional dragons have wings like I just described in a not very good way.

Um.
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:iconlucie-p:
Lucie-P Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Yeah, I guess you're right =D
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:iconthesevendemon:
TheSevenDemon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. I so totally fail at this. Maybe I shall make a wing tutorial. :D
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Timberwolf908 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:excited:THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT!:excited:
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
:clap: A really awesome tutorial to be sure! :nod:
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tutorial, I'll def use it. Thanks! :)
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DragonSong928 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I am always looking to improve. Thanks for this tutorial. Hey, can you give my art some criticism?
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