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Dragon Scale Tutorial by Kraaku Dragon Scale Tutorial by Kraaku
This basically is a quick explaination of how I draw dragon scales. (It doesnt mean its the right way. If YOU know, TELL ME! D:)


These scales are basically scales for a cuddly.. super green no-teeth dragon..

If you wanna do it more realistic, you should probably go for a bit more.. greenbrownish color-scheme than I did here.

But I'm attracted to colors, just like a crow, so you cant blame me. Dragon is GREEN, end of story :P
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SkalblakaFang Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
... My head explodes at the idea of doing this for every scale.
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Mango-Dolphin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! Should have searched this up earlier while working on a request. This'll work better than what I originally had planned xvx
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asti-friend Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial!
I have only one question: How exactly do you smudge the one single line for extra shiny appearance? When I do it it never looks the same. What kind of brush do you use?
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AlphaCyriaWolf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thanks for this! ^^
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stargirl2791 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i would just like to thank you for putting this up; it helped me to do the scales on this: [link]!
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truenotdreams Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Digital Artist
This is great!
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ShayminMarx Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! I used it here: [link]
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quwira Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist
just realised i never added to my faves. fixed now
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, Thank you so much! :)
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quwira Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist
awesome tutorial! am trying it now :D however, my fingers are cramping a little from drawing all those little circles lols
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D Haha yeah Its really time-consuming ;)
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PostBoxRomance Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this!
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :meow:
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ptitejoliskra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
ouawww <3 it's so beautiful!!!!!
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank u :3 :hug:
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AsatrArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Thank you
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:iconmystali:
Mystali Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial thank you so much! it is exactly what I needed for my dragon: [link]
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :meow:
Thats a great dragon!
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Good to see my tutorial came in handy! :iconbummiesplz:
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firestoke Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Wow! Fantastic! this is what I am seeking for....
May I use the final work in my game app? ^^

firestoke
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and ofc you may! I'd be honored :icondragonnod1:
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shadowlord01 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting, I'm trying out a similar technique on a mega piece i'm working on (essentially a different order of your process, and adding extra shadows etc.) but am I right in saying scales take waaaay too long to draw? :P Keep up the good work ^.=.^
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah you're absolutely right. It takes ALOT of time, atleast if you draw every, single scale by hand and don't use any brush or texture :icondragonnodplz:
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shadowlord01 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that's exactly what I've been doing for the past 100+ hours ha ha, the pain >.=.< :P
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe :meow:
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HMS-08 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh fantastic, I've been looking for something like this. Thanks a lot, this looks great, you've done a lovely job!
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :meow: Glad it helped ;D
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'm just starting to try digital art. I wondered how you make the scales and or wings get that shiny effect. This is wonderful.
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all! Glad u found it usefull ;)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On step six, which layer is this? The scales, the middle layer or the lower layer?
Thanks for the help.
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A new layer on top of them all :3
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:iconcarryn:
Carryn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. That now makes sense. I am working with ArtRage and have Photoshop Elements 7 that I will try to experiment with also.
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Kraaku Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:dummy:
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thaddman Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow thanks this is in the words of jack sparrow...I like it!Simple easy to remember. (or something like that :shrug:)
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! :meow:
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HunterofAvalar Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is pretty cool :icondragonnod2:
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Kraaku Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :3
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HunterofAvalar Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome. ^^
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TheSilverSpirit Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
this is really helpful!
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Kraaku Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:dummy:
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TheSilverSpirit Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
one question; what color do you do the scales in?darker green or black? or whatever
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Kraaku Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually try to use a darker shade of the base color. Black and white can be a bit tricky to blend, so for a green dragon I would use light green for highlights, and dark green for shades.
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TheSilverSpirit Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
so if you were doing a silver dragon would you do like a dark grey?
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I guess so :meow:
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PlatinumArtist Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that is tight and I will take this into consideration thanks for the tutorial :D
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:iconkraaku:
Kraaku Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You welcome! :thanks:
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Moetastic Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! This will help me out a bunch! :D
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Kraaku Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlefuplz:
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ashthedragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this will surely help me!
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Kraaku Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope it will! :icondragonnod1:
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Cool, this is a really useful tutorial :D I'll be sure to refer to it next time I do a detailed piece.
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