Drawing Dragons Day Three: The Kid Dragon

Today I went to a Kid’s Drawing Website and followed directions. It was actually very soothing, and the result ended up looking like a perfect little dragon.

But,  ultimately, this was not very fulfilling for me. I want to learn, but I don’t want to just copy, you know?

I suppose that’s how you get better though. Seriously, I wrote a lot like Chuck Palahniuk until, one day, I didn’t.

This little guy is super cute though. I’ll call him “Bottoms,” because look at his bottom. And that tail!

The question is: how do you draw from reference or from directions, and still keep the joy?