Although putting in detailing
sounds tedious, it only takes a few simple techniques to add dimension and realism to an
otherwise flat line drawing. Detailing becomes more intense the larger your subject is.
I'll go over each of the major skin types for the Territory's residents.
Scales- Dragon scales are one of
the most complicated things to draw. It helps to reference other animals like lizards,
dinosaurs, and birds, to get things accurate. Illustrated above are the four major scale
types on a dragon's body. Don't forget that the scales on the back of the neck are
important in illustrating emotion. They are frilled when a dragon is agitated, and flat
when they are not. When your subject is too small to draw scales, textural elements that
are described later can substitute.
Feathers- There are three major
types of feathers, each with their distinctive appearance. Down is fine and fluffy,
general purpose feathers have oval-shaped tips, and are flat. Flight feathers (and finger
feathers for eagles) are located on the outer fringe of the wings, and are long and
triangle-shaped. They also have very thick, strong shafts. Depending on emotion and other
things like being windblown, feathers can be ruffled or flattened.
Fur- I find fur one of the easiest
things to draw. A touch here and there really brings texture to the bordering lines of
your subject. There are really only two types of fur found on lions: body fur and tail
fur. Body fur is generally just a series of fine lines, which can grow into thicker
triangles on the chest, elbows, and knees. Tail fur is longer and coarser, and has a shape
like a plume or a candle flame. Like scales and feathers, fur can also be ruffled up,
which entails adding more fur detail and lines to the picture. It also helps to add fur
detail to prominent muscle and bone lines, like the hip muscles and shoulderblades.