Art Candy: Dragons

Aug 30, 2018 at 10:00 am by Barbara Din

Art Candy: Dragons

Dragons are mythical creatures from ancient times and are found in tales from cultures all around the world.

Although their descriptions and characteristics vary, particularly between western and eastern cultures, they have always been fascinating and a huge source of inspiration for people.

And that, of course, includes artists. So in this Art Candy we'll take a look at dragons made with different tools, materials and techniques.

One Stroke Dragon

There's a Japanese technique called "Hitofude Ryuu" that means "dragon with one stroke", and that is exactly what this artist does, except for the head. Since dragons are considered good luck charms in Japanese culture, this kind of painting is very popular and there are several artists that do it.


Mixed Media Monochromatic Dragon

Here we have famous illustrator Mark Crilley making a dragon head drawing on toned paper with pencils, markers and paint. This shows not only how many different media can be used, but also how many ways of starting an art piece there are. The former started with paint directly onto the surface, this one sketches first and focuses on lines rather than strokes.

Smoke Dragon

Then, we have an unusual dragon rendered in a very traditional way: graphite. This goes to show that we shouldn't directly associate a medium with a style or a particular type of result. Anything is possible if you know the benefits and limits of your media.

Green Dragon Sculpture

In this wide spectrum display, I couldn't leave sculpting out. From the early stages of armature to the finished painting details, this video shows all the steps involved in the creation of a sculpted dragon piece.


The funny thing about dragons is that for some reason they inspire the creation of hybrids and chimeras of all kinds. In this case, a mix with a unicorn in all watercolor glory, with all the magic flowing of pigment on the water that Mary Doodles captures so well in her videos. A wonderfully stylized piece of fiery shine.

3D Pen Haku Dragon

This video is a tad longer, but I couldn't resist adding it to the mix, since it's a great example of a dragon made with new materials and tools. In this case, a 3D pen. Just when you think something is pretty limited, someone comes along that pushes the boundaries. This shows just that.

You'll never stop finding dragon art inspiration. This is just a glimpse at how many different ways there are to tackle the beasts, both in terms of media and style. I hope you found it inspiring, and keep getting close to art!

Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
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