Step 25: Use the angled lines under the Chinese dragon's body as guides to draw the other hind leg the same way as the other legs. Follow the basic path of the guide to draw the toes and claws. Spread the toes apart so that they're all visible. Most of the leg should be hidden behind the body, so only draw the foot peeking out on the left.
Step 26: Draw the rest of the body by using the remaining lines and shapes as guides. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the Chinese dragon's body. As you draw the body, don't overlap the lines for the legs that are on this side. When you darken the tip of the tail, draw a few spikes around it using a series of short, curved lines.
Step 27: Draw a series of spikes across the length of the body using a series of small triangle-like shapes. Make the left side of each individual spike slightly longer and curvier than the right side so that the spikes point to the right. The spikes on the narrow, valley-like sections of the body should be a bit smaller than the ones on the top hill-like sections. At the end of the tail, use a series a wavy lines to make the tip similar to a flame.
Step 28 (optional): The Chinese dragon is a mythical creature that lends itself to a more graphic illustration, so instead of the usual shading, try inking your drawing. Carefully go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Inking can be a bit tricky, so be patient and take your time as you do it in order to avoid mistakes.
After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing.
Final Step (optional): Color your Chinese dragon drawing any way you'd like! For a result like this one, first color the mane, mustache, beard, antlers, spikes, tip of tail and underside yellow. Use a bit of dark brown on the mane, on the underside of the body and inside of the mouth.
For the rest of the Chinese dragon's body, use multiple layers of shades of red on top of each other, starting with a base coat of orange. Right on top of the orange base, add a coat of red-orange. Start adding the coats lightly at first. Now add a coat of red. Push a little harder with every new coat so that the colors blend together. Use red for the fur on the legs too. Now add a coat of dark red. Continue adding the different coats and blending the colors until you achieve a result you like.
Using brown, draw a series of lines along the underside of the Chinese dragon's body for the long scale segments. Using brown, draw a series of U-shaped lines all over the body for the scales. You can skip this step if you prefer a sleeker-looking dragon. The scales should somewhat overlap each other. This process can be time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Lightly erase a bit of the color on the sides to give the body a shinier look. Add a bit more brown if you accidentally erased too much of the scales. Remember to pause the video to draw at your own pace.
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