Drawing Dragon Forepaws from the Front
A Public Domain Tutorial by Dee Dreslough
Please feel free to copy and redistribute this tutorial in any form however
First, let me discuss my theory on the various types of Dragon Forepaws.
For this tutorial, I'll be working with a forepaw based mainly on a human
hand (with thumb). You can base your dragon paws on any type of foot,
really, but I prefer to imagine my dragons with fingers and thumbs so
they can manipulate things and weild weapons. Some folks draw their dragon
paws with bird like feet - I may do this in a future tutorial. Others
prefer to use dog or cat paws for dragon paws. All of these are valid,
physically plausible designs for dragon feet.
If you look at the picture below, you can see how much like a human hand
this dragon paw is. The great thing is, you can use this to help you draw
your dragon paws. Pose your hand how you need the dragon's paw to be posed,
and sketch it. You can lengthen the fingers, add scales and claws, and
voila : you have your paw. Hands make perfect models for lighting and
shading -- remember, there is no substitute for drawing from real life.
Pic by Cheryl R. Dhein, Washington State University
You can see from this diagram that the dragon's forepaw has all
the same elements as a human hand. It even has similar bone structure.