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Tuto - How I draw reptiles/dragons - Part 1 by EMP-83 Tuto - How I draw reptiles/dragons - Part 1 by EMP-83
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WOW that was an intense piece of work, and it's far from over :o I hope this is fully readable and enjoyable, cause I'm never sure about my own level of English :) I started that cause I received some requests about how to draw reptiles, dragons and so. There are some tutos existing but they are generally pretty specific or are only talking about one style at a time. I wanted to make something far more exhaustive.

It is not a guide that will fully teach you how to draw. It is a batch of guidelines and tricks I use to draw reptiles ; I am sure that, if you have a hard times drawing dragons and stuff, reading this will give you a help on it, maybe even ideas. Please comment if you have any question regarding that, if something isn't clear...

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Part one : Reptilian heads

I tried here to explain everything about reptile heads and details, like eyes, teeth, maws... How they look like, and how to draw them properly.
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FloFlo51 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super tuto ! Plein de choses bien expliquées et intéressantes. Je dessine des tas de reptiles depuis que j'ai vu ce tuto :3 ! En espérant arriver un jour à un niveau proche du votre :D Merci milles et une fois pour ce tuto qui m'aide réellement à progresser et me rapproche un peu de mon but chaque jour :).
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pas besoin de me vouvoyer :D Merci de me le faire savoir en tous cas, c'est gratifiant d'avoir ce genre de retours ;)
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FloFlo51 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Désolé, c'est une habitude que de vouvoyer mes senseïs :D !
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:iconemp-83:
EMP-83 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sensei, carrément :) Je n'y suis pas encore :D J'apprends toujours beaucoup de mon entourage ;)
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Lethao Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Il est très bien fait ce tuto, simple, efficace et surtout, tu met bien les choses à leur niveau, expliquant que faire "comme toi" risque de ne pas être instantané, et qu'au mieux tu es une aide à la progression des gens qui le liront.
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ben j'ai les premier retours, et c'est sympa de voir des dessinateurs débutants faire des pas en avant grâce a ce que tu as expliqué ;) Ca m'a pris un temps fou a compiler, mais c'était pas pour rien, et ca c'est gratifiant :)
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haloveteran Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
in all of my drawings i never give my dragons an eye ridge and its always a blank expression (zombie XD) i have a hard time with expressions and making my dragons look like they have muscles
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, that's like not having eyebrows on a human face. It's something that could totally delete any expression.
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haloveteran Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i need to work on that XD

do i need to show any muscle definition with the dragons body? 
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It all depends on your states I'd say :) I've seen people drawing with or without, so it's your choice to make. If you can see muscles, he will generally look skinnier but stronger
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haloveteran Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i was in such an art block because i though my stuff sucked and that i could never dragon dragons how i wanted this tutorial has showed me that i was wrong and that i have been looking at it all wrong thank you this gets a fav ^^


NO MORE DEPRESSION YAY ^^
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:iconemp-83:
EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, sometimes you can see that your drawing is flawed without knowing why it is :p I know this feeling of despair very well :)
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haloveteran Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I get it from comparing my art to other peoples
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to do so a lot :D
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haloveteran Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
ok i drew two new pics one full body and the other with scales though i dont know if i want the scales yet its hard to see the lines of the face with them there XD




any advice on the pics?
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the scales, that's why it's best not to draw each scales (plus, there's generally bigger scales on flat parts, smaller on joints). Basically, just put some dots/scales regularly, and that does the trick :)

That actually looks like a good start :) Maybe there are some mistakes with proportions (like the tail is generally the size of the body). I'm sure if you train more on that, you can perfect it :D
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haloveteran Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for the tips ^^
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope they will be helpful :)
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Grudulepoilu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Intéressant comme tuto, je le garde en réserve. :)
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, j'espère que ca aidera ;)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol this is brilliant! I love the realistic detail in the various lizards and reptiles (i also couldn't stop laughing at the exaggerated crocodile hiding under the water) its adorable

I like that you added the tips on eye placement and the neck when drawing reptiles as anthros
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely love drawing reptiles :D I just never post these kind of sketches cause they have no real interests

That was the aim of it, but there's soooo much to say :/ I just thought about the common mistakes I see in others works :)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think I've drawn them that much myself, only dragony things I guess. Yeah real-life sketches don't do so well

That's the best thing to do because it really does help, and look at how popular it is!
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm positively surprised actually. I thought there would be just a handful of person passing by with time, as they would search for tutos on da
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With tutorials you get a lot of traffic :D because people are always looking for them
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, but it was all of a sudden, just when I posted it. Now it has cooled down somehow :D
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You hit the peak-time maybe, when everyone was online, but you know it will keep gathering faves over time
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I posted it at the same time than usual, so I don't get it :) People were eagerly waiting for a tuto like that to happen OO
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DragonDollRAWR Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I will definitely use this in the future!
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be glad to see what it becomes then :D
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BitFly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastically informative. Very nice, thank you!
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D I hope these informations will prove useful ;)
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Combak Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I haven't even read this, and I'm fav'ing this.
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thanks, I hope I'll see a batch of new scalies popping soon then :D
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Combak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014

Well, in that case...

+watch

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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks ! That's really nice of you :D
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Combak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014

Nice...

And lazy!

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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lazy ? Uh why ?
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Combak Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Because the lazy thing for me to do was to watch you, since that will update me when you upload something, instead of trying to remember to check your page or hoping it makes the front page.
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, if my works has no value to your eyes, it serves no point :) I hope it is not though
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jillamos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
this tutorial is so awesome and well elaborated!

It should be a DD.
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think it meets the quality requirement for it, but thanks :D
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NyQuilDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Oh! So lovely and handy! Loads of good insight, sir!
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ;) I love so much drawing reptiles, I hope this will push people towards it :D
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Caffinated-Pinecone Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god- read the whole thing-
SO HELPFUL
G33z can't believe i didn't know some of this stuFF
thanks so much
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, if it taught some tricks, that's good then :D
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Gregor-Lives Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Excellent Tutorial EMP.
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EMP-83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ;) I hope this will be useful to, at least, a few persons :)
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