When I’m having a bit of trouble with a drawing, I try to go back to the basics and study it from other points of view. In this case, I wasn’t feeling like the dragon for the image I started here was working out structurally, so I went back to its skeletal system and took it from there.
Now do you study the skeleton of a creature that doesn’t exist? Well, a dragon in many ways is a chimaera, a mixture of different creatures. Sometimes you’ll see a dragon that is more like a mix between a wolf, a crocodile and a bat, other times you’ll find a snake and a bird… you get the idea. So for this dragon I looked up the skeletons of a cat, an eagle and an iguanodon.
The resulting sketch should aid me in understanding better the figure I need to draw, and to be able to give it a dynamic and believable pose. Plus, drawing a dragon skeleton is fun.