Hello! Today I felt like drawing something and I started to draw a dragon, and this came up.
So, this is a dragon that doesn’t kill animals, but rather helps prey and dragons. Its teeth make it mainly a herbivore, but it has some ‘backwards’ carnivore teeth so the prey it grabs doesn’t snag on the teeth.
Some animals in its habitat (clearly a forest, as the colourscheme matches it) are poisonous, so if the dragon sees another dragon trying to kill the animal, this dragon gets the prey away from the dragon and tells them that its a poisonous animal. But, it helps prey that’s getting chased by a dragon from a notorious group where they’re known for killing prey for fun, while being well-fed and don’t really need any food for a good month, but yet the main hunter is seen hunting every day.
The colourscheme is based off of a forest, where when you look on the top you see the green and the dark green, but from the side you see the dark green and the brown, like a bush.
I’m posting this here because I’d like some critique on it! Mostly just anatomy. I know I need a bit of help with the legs, head, and wings, but this is my first time drawing a dragon after drawing humans for a very long time.
Thank you for reading and thanks in advance for the critique!
I’ll start w/ the headshot at the bottom, and work down the body from there-
the bridge of the snout is at a rather sharp angle, especially for an herbivore as u have, who is more likely to have a smoother snout (as the eyes are less likely to face forward to focus in on prey), so I smoothed that out. while the angle of ur horns is realistic, it may not be the most practical for ur dragon, since horns sticking straight up from the skull imply that they are likely used for battle/skirmishes of some sort, and it seems as tho ur dragon is rather pacifistic, so horns angled back might be more beneficial, so they reduce drag a bit more, and are less likely to get stuck on low-hanging branches and such. the bottom jaw is very short here, creating a severe overbite, as the incisors/canines of the bottom jaw would not be able to touch the incisors/canines of the top jaw, so I lengthened the bottom jaw
as for the teeth, it seems a bit useless to have “backwards fangs” if the dragon isn’t going to use them for anything. really, a normal set of herbivorous teeth (such as deer, rabbit, horse, etc. teeth) would do the job of “gently holding creatures” just fine (actually, now that I think about it, rabbit incisors are rather sharp, so ungulate incisors might be better?). I drew more horse-like teeth for the redline. plus, ur “fangs” look a rather lot like tusks, which can be used for, from what I can remember, goring opponents, or rooting around in the dirt. so unless u’ve got a specific reason for those fangs/tusks, I’d suggest trashing them
for the head on the main drawing, it was rather large, even by the cartoonish standards ur style sets, so I downsized it (tho I tried to still keep it an appropriately “cartoonishly big” size) and moved it down/forward a bit, to match a more natural position for the neck
on quads w/ “strong” shoulder structures (cats, dogs, horses, etc.), the bottom tips of the shoulderblades are rather close together at the front of the chest. the throat ought to visibly end at the “junction” of the shoulderblades, while the chest starts after. the yellow lines show about where the visible lines of the legs would be on the body. notice how only the front line of the leg ends up near the spine, at the top of the shoulderblade, while the back line of the leg ends closer to the middle of the chest (in a standing position, this line would end closer to the bottom line of the chest). keep this in mind when drawing the limbs
the wing is rather weak-looking, lacking muscle mass, but since this is a rather cartoony style, it’s not too big of a deal. just make sure u at least make the arm of the wing thicker than the fingers. also, be sure to attach the wing claw to a thumb, or else it’ll be useless, if not inhibiting to flight. also remember to add a bit more membrane where it attaches to the body. the fingers of the wing are at sort of stiff/awkward angles, so I tried to draw in some more natural positions for them to rest in
when quads w/ “strong” hip structures (cats, dogs, etc.) sit, the bottom tip of their hip is very near the ground, if not fully settled on the ground. the leg (femur) attaches to about the bottom tip of the hip, and the femur pushes up/forward from that point, the mass of the lower leg settling over the foot
the color scheme seems like a good plan! maybe even add in some leaf-esque spots on the back, or bark-esque stripes on the legs? maybe even some spots on the wings that resemble the sun filtering thru leaves?
anyways, I hope this all helps! ^v^