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Chinese Dragon

This fun and easy Chinese dragon is so versatile and can be adapted to pretty much any medium. The scope here is limitless. All you need is to add imagination.

Introduction

This fun and easy Chinese dragon is so versatile and can be adapted to pretty much any medium. Check your art cupboard. If you have all the materials in the list below, that’s great, but if you don’t there are many ways to modify it. I wanted to do something in coloured pencil. I had some spare black paper and had some wool left over from another craft project, so I experimented and came up with this. 

You will see in the steps below that I have demonstrated this using marker on white paper. That was to make it easier to view the drawing steps. If you choose to do it on plain paper and use coloured pencils, the colour will certainly pop. Alternative options include using oil pastels, chalk pastels, gel pens (they would look great), plain or metallic markers and even fluro paints. The scope here is limitless. All you need is to add imagination.

Materials

  • Coloured A4 paper (I opted for black paper, white is used to demonstrate)
  • Coloured pencils
  • Lead pencil, rubber
  • Piece of wool
  • PVA craft glue

Step 1

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Lightly trace a free-hand ‘S’ shape on your preferred paper. Use your PVA glue and go over that line, then apply the piece of wool and allow it to dry.

Step 2

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Create long lines on both sides of the wool. Add a triangular head and tail.

Step 3

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Join the lines to create the body shape.

Step 4

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Flesh it out with some patterning. I used curved lines both on top and beneath. Continue with patterning on the inside to create interest and detail.

Step 5

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Complete the detail in the dragon’s face and background including 6 point stars. Add colour and be surprised with what you can create so simply!

Step 6

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Here is the final result on black paper!