Dragons can move quickly while still on the ground. They also need to get up some speed to take off into the air from level ground rather than leaping off a cliff. The type of dragon depicted here is adapted to run swiftly in a kind of gallop before it has enough airspeed under its wings to get airborne. The bigger, heavier dragons need higher ground or psychic powers to take to the skies.
Galloping dragon is drawn in brush pen with some textures in white ink, 8" x 3", April 28, 2013.