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Tutorial - Basic Dragon Anatomy 2015 by TwilightSaint Tutorial - Basic Dragon Anatomy 2015 by TwilightSaint
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UPDATED - 02NOV2015

A MUCH NEEDED overhaul of an old dragon anatomy guide as a Sponsored Commission by ImaFlippingNinja of FA.

The last version of this was done over two years ago, and when I realized it was /still/ the first submission that popped up when I searched my name, my skin crawled and I had to update it, haha.  This newer version is much more refined, accurate, neater, and overall much more comprehensive.

Just showing some basic muscle groups on a standard feral western dragon, and how these can be broken into easy shapes.  I hope this helps. ^^  I also threw in some additional colour-coded dragon pieces to show the 'basic shape groups' of dragons of varying anatomy.  If anyone has any questions on anything specific, let me know.  I am by no means an expert on animal anatomy, but I'll answer any and all questions to the best of my ability.

I will be making additional tutorials for more specific aspects such as basic dragon design, anthros/furries, updating my 'Dragon Feet' tutorial, and a wing-specific tutorial.  Anything in particular you think I should cover?  Throw a suggestion my way, or consider sponsoring a tutorial like this which will be fine-tuned for you!

Great resource for animal anatomical illustrations: digicoll.library.wisc.edu/WebZ…

Thanks, Ninja!

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slon1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  New Deviant
Thanks! 
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmhmm!
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AmericanBlackSerpent Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was awesome help! I may be good at dragon art already, but I want to be amazing, and this will help me greatly to get there! Thanks for this awesome tutorial! >3<
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! 
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AmericanBlackSerpent Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup! :)
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Yang-sama Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student General Artist
this is very helpful and the anatomy is beautiful 
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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Libertades Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How about 3 fingers for hind paws? Would that count as an incorrect anatomy representation or the number of fingers a dragon's hind paws can have can vary?
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no way. ^^ I just normally give my dragons 4-5 digits, since I base them off of some mammalian traits.  But I've also worked with dragon species with 2-6+ digits.  
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Libertades Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to know, thanks!
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use this for all my newer dragon art! (None of which is uploaded yet…) and I have improved greatly! Thanks so much! (same with your "Scales Made Simple") Are going to make more dragon tutorials?
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's wonderful to hear! ^^  And yep, I'm planning on updating my older Tuts, (Dragon Feet, and Scales,) and making more tuts that focus on different aspects of anatomy such as wings, heads, etc.
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Keep up the great work, I can't wait to see more.
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ya, will do!
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who is that angel dragon i forgot its name
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be my Sniper. B) <3
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh okay

i love the color scheme :D

I found this DA account through your dragon tutorials and had no idea you owned that dragon
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, that's cool!  Small world, haha. :D  And yep, Sniper is my beb!
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, i love angel dragons <3
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Alan-Argente Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Thanks for this tutorial. :)
I was wondering if I was doing the wings wrong.
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! :)
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Elstermond Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't read the text,it's pixelized :c
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click it three times.
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Ischalik Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
have you tried to zoom in?
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Elstermond Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes,but It stays pixelized (maybe because I'm on my phone)
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Ischalik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
dann haste da ja deine Antwort :P
nen Smartföhn tut auch auf die kleine Fläche die Zahl an Pixeln, wies nen Fernseher bei ner Großen macht
(zumal das hier ausgedruckt gut 40cm x 170m sein können)
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Elstermond Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Na dann...danke für die Hilfe xD
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
omg thx, now i can draw a better dragon c: 
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy to hear it'll help!
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Kidakins Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you so much for this!! It's not often I find a tutorial that's very easy to understand and follow along with. This one hit the bullseye for me, for sure! I felt immediate improvement in my drawings when I followed along here. It feels really nice and I actually feel happy with my drawing! ;u; Thanks again for this awesome tutorial.
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah wow, that's so great to hear! :D. I'm super happy it could help so much!
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Sumoka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
ahhh a proper dragon anatomy guide, wish this was available when i first started
very nice >w<
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :>
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!  This is definitely a good guide for learners, and one that I will point out to others who are looking for early guidance.  I like the way you color-coded the major muscle groups, too.
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, that's great to hear! And yah, I wanted to address each muscle group without 'chopping up' the dragon, y'know. Something I'm still learning is how the muscle groups connect and fold into one another, so I hope I conveyed that well in this. X)
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Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, man, this is beautiful! Thank you!
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great to hear! ^^. Thanks!
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Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)
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HeeshArts Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very brilliant tutorial! So much put into this, it's so useful! Astonishing <3
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch, Heesh! <3
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HeeshArts Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nah, Thank you! <3 >v<
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MiguelofKing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :D
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MiguelofKing Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yo're Welcome :D
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StephDragonness Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
have give u a clap.. its very impressive perspective to dragon anatomy
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Just a combination of things I've learned over the years and from resources and help that folks have given me, all in a bite-sized tutorial package. ^^
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FlashbackingArtist00 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If this tutorial isn't just the best idk anymore~~
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you! <3
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FlashbackingArtist00 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! <3
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SamuraiDragon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey! What a brilliant tutorial. Literally watching you for this right now, but after I've done busy life things I'll look at your gallery!
Thankyou! c:
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