Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week 29 of 365 Days of Art Challenge

More dragons!! It's week 29 of the weekly sketch part of the 365 Days of Art Challenge started by Deb Prewitt of Blue Twig Studio.  The last couple of weeks, I played with digital art. This week, I've gone back to sketching more exercises from J. "Neon Dragon" Peffer's DragonArt Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon  (see previous posts). I'm continuing the dragon limb studies.

This week's study is dragons with stubby legs.
Stubby Dragon Arm - pencil on mixed-media paper
Stubby Dragon Leg - pencil on mixed-media paper. 
I'm pleased with the leg, but the arm still needs work on the musculature, especially in the lower part of the arm. The elbow also needs some work - way too pointy!! Needs a horn added to it so it has a reason to be that pointed! Lol!! However, I think the stubby limbs have been the simplest to sketch so far - although I've only done 2 other sets of limbs (basic and bipedal). Peffer still has two more studies on limbs (delicate and furred).

 Stubby-legged dragon - pencil on mixed-media paper. I think it looks more like a dinosaur
with wings! Lol! However, I think I did a better job the arm musculature with this sketch. The
wing that faces front, showing both the underside and top of the wing definitely needs more work,
 since I'm having trouble differentiating the underside from the top! Back to the drawing board!!!

I'm enjoying these dragon studies. They are a challenge, but I'm certainly learning more about dragons and realizing I still have a ways to go.  I think sketching animals and people would be a huge benefit to help me learn more about muscle and bone structure. Does anyone have suggestions for good reference books or tutorials? I'd appreciate your input.

Have a wonderful week!
Be creative!!


  1. I love that you are working through a study to learn how to do it correctly. I usually just jump in and wonder why it is all wrong. Ha Ha

    1. That's what I've usually done! My nephew gave me this book, so I've been working through it to improve. I'm finding it well worth the challenge!

  2. Another set of beauties! Great work!