Username   Password  
Remember   Register   |   Forgot your password?

A Dragon Reference (2000)

A Dragon Reference (2000)

A Dragon Reference (2000) by Stratadrake
A Dragon Reference (2000) by Stratadrake


One of the few old drawings that I actually dated, during the year 2000 I decided I needed to make an 'official' reference sketch on how exactly my dragons are built. So I grabbed my pencil and began sketching the general skeletal structure for my kind of dragon; consider it a guide. Even today, when I draw a dragon it tends to have the same basic shape and proportions as shown here back in 2000.

An interesting tale of this drawing is that I drew it on the back of an old class report for a writing class. Unfortunately, the report on the back scanned through very well compared to the light shade of pencil I used, entailing several hours of cleanup on computer.

Also shown are the various (slight) skeletal differences between each species of my dragons, such as the shape of the head and tail bones, and how many bones are in each wing.

Medium: 0.7mm pencil
Time: About one hour (plus four more for cleanup...)
Scale: 55px/in

General Info

General Info
Comments 9
Category Tutorials » References & Examples Media Graphite pencil
Date Submitted Time Taken
Views 3610 Reference
Favorites... 4 Keywords
Vote Score 0 License Berne Convention


Comments (9)

You are not authorized to comment here. Your must be registered and logged in to comment

Moonlightelf on January 28, 2006, 8:27:47 PM

Moonlightelf on
Moonlightelf....ooookies.... nice detail? o.O

NEVERBENORMAL on July 6, 2005, 6:37:04 AM

NEVERBENORMALIt looks like a pic from my dragon book...

very cool!!!

starfirefairy12 on June 12, 2005, 6:19:17 PM

starfirefairy12 on
starfirefairy12thats really good and I beleive you! that is real, I can see earser marks

EraRillian on April 9, 2005, 5:37:13 PM

EraRillian on
EraRillianHey Strata! I always love it when people give me little constructive crttisism hints (I hope I spelled all that right...) So if you don't mind, I'm onna critique (I HATE spelling!) yours! ^_^

I've been riding and been around horses all my life. I groom them everyday and I know their muscle structure so well it scares me. I've taken horse anatamy (spelling???0 classes and so I also know their skeletonal structures. If I may say so, your dragon would move and function similar (not exactly, but similar) to a horse. because of this, I see a few little problems.

First, the pelvis is too small. To support the hock action and wait, an animal of this side would need bigger hips. Almost up to the level of the whithers.

Second, this animal is missing whithers. To get these, simply make what would be the "shoulderblade" twice as big and make it higher. This dragon's shoulders are too small, and the weight of the upper body would cause strain on shoulders that size.

Next, the hocks look good but you need a longer cannon bone. The dragon's ankles simply merge with the cannon. There needs to be a break for the ankle. also, do this on the front legs. but you might want to think about adding a knee to them. This dragon would move very slow on land because he has no knee and can't bend his leg foreword. He has to pick up the ENTIRE leg by the shoulder which would wear down the joint and make him slower then heck.

This, I'm not sure about but it seems to me that the wings are floating. Maybe I can't see it but I think they should be attached to the shoulder. You don't have to do this becuse I haven't taken "wing classes" and I'm not sure how they work exactally. Other than the things I pointed out, this looks great! Nice detail, I really like the thought process that went into this. Keep drawing, you're doing great!

TifaBakura on December 12, 2004, 11:04:08 PM

TifaBakura on
TifaBakuraAh great work, good detail ^^ See your work is soi good you have someone claming you copyed it O.o Don't worry we know you didn't, just saying it's that good ^^

Stratadrake on November 3, 2004, 6:03:43 AM

Stratadrake on
StratadrakeI've never heard of until now. I looked up their references on "Western Dragons" and yes, there is resemblance between mine and theirs.

It's coincidence, really. Consider, how wide and vast is the Internet, how many artists are out there drawing what they want? Of course, it doesn't help that there are only two ways to draw a side profile view (left side and right side). It's easy to say that just because two drawings resemble each other that one was copied from the other, but don't jump to that conclusion too easily.

For what it is worth, I can say from experience that this drawing was copied from nothing more than my imagination alone. Is it bad that the artistic conclusions I came to should be similar to those that other groups and sites have made in their own studies? Is it bad that most creatures in the world have a similar skeletal structure to each other? If I drew a cat skeleton from pure imagination, should it be considered "copied" from encyclopedia and reference charts?

Don't go jumping to conclusions.

Mystikalia on November 2, 2004, 5:24:45 PM

Mystikalia on
MystikaliaThis dragon skeleton is copied off a tutorial on dragon anatomy at

BAMFManiac on June 14, 2004, 5:18:13 AM

BAMFManiac on
BAMFManiacwow... very impressive detail! nice work!

KFelidae on June 13, 2004, 2:43:46 AM

KFelidae on
KFelidaeInnnterestin'!<br />
<br />
It's good that you use a guide like this to draw your dragons. A lot of people (myself included) balk at the thought of using skeletal reference. Even though I do it sometimes, I really can't say why. *shrugs* But I bet this helps you quite a bit! =D