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Dragon Animation | CSS Animation Tutorial

Hello Everyone. Welcome to this tutorial. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a dragon animation. To build this animation, we need HTML and CSS.
 
Before we get started, I would like you to know that animations as huge and complicated as this one built with CSS usually don’t find a place in real-world applications. For such animations, we use SVG.
 
The purpose of this tutorial is to help you explore and learn CSS properties in a fun way. Some of the CSS properties we will learn through this animation are – transform, z-index, animation, box-shadow etc.
 
If you are interested in CSS with these animation tutorials, you should check out this playlist here. This playlist consists of a bunch of CSS animation tutorials that will help you improve your CSS skills.
 

Video Tutorial:

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Project Folder Structure:

Now, before we start coding, let us take a look at the project folder structure. We create a project folder called – ‘Dragon Animation’. Inside this folder, we have two files. These files are index.html and style.css. The first file is the HTML document, and the second one is the stylesheet.

HTML:

We begin with the HTML code. With HTML we create elements that are necessary to create the layout of our dragon. First, copy the code below and paste it into your HTML document.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <head>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <title>Dragon Animation</title>
    <!-- Stylesheet -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="container">
      <div class="face">
        <div class="eye"></div>
        <div class="nostril"></div>
        <div class="ear"></div>
        <div class="horn horn-l"></div>
        <div class="horn horn-r"></div>
      </div>
      <div class="body">
        <div class="stomach"></div>
      </div>
      <div class="wing wing-l"></div>
      <div class="wing wing-r"></div>
      <div class="arm arm-l"></div>
      <div class="arm arm-r"></div>
      <div class="forearm forearm-l"></div>
      <div class="forearm forearm-r"></div>
      <div class="leg leg-l"></div>
      <div class="leg leg-r"></div>
      <div class="shadow"></div>
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

CSS:

Now we use CSS to style and shape these elements. We also use CSS to position and animate these elements. Now copy the code provided to you below and paste it into your stylesheet.

body {
  background-color: #ffd65a;
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;
}
.container {
  height: 25em;
  width: 31.25em;
  position: absolute;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  top: 50%;
  left: 50%;
}
.face {
  position: absolute;
  background-color: #c42754;
  height: 6.87em;
  width: 5.31em;
  margin: auto;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  top: 3.12em;
  border-radius: 5.31em 5.31em 0 0;
}
.face:before {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #8c1436;
  height: 3.12em;
  width: 100%;
  top: 5.62em;
  border-radius: 5em;
  z-index: -1;
}
.face:after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #ee3466;
  width: 6.56em;
  height: 4.68em;
  top: 3.43em;
  left: -0.62em;
  border-radius: 4em;
}
.eye {
  position: absolute;
  background-color: #262626;
  height: 0.62em;
  width: 0.62em;
  border-radius: 50%;
  top: 1.87em;
  left: 1.12em;
  box-shadow: 2.5em 0 #262626;
}
.nostril,
.nostril:after {
  position: absolute;
  background-color: #8c1436;
  height: 1em;
  width: 1em;
  border-radius: 50%;
  border: 0.62em solid #ee3466;
  z-index: 1;
}
.nostril {
  top: 2.81em;
  left: -0.93em;
}
.nostril:after {
  content: "";
  top: -0.62em;
  left: 4.25em;
}
.ear,
.ear:before {
  position: absolute;
  background-color: #8c1436;
  height: 3.12em;
  width: 0.68em;
  border-radius: 1.37em;
  border: 0.56em solid #c42754;
}
.ear {
  z-index: -1;
  top: -1.87em;
  left: -0.93em;
  transform: rotate(-40deg);
}
.ear:before {
  content: "";
  left: 3.75em;
  top: 3em;
  transform: rotate(80deg);
}
.horn {
  position: absolute;
  background-color: #fca01b;
  height: 4.25em;
  width: 1.25em;
  z-index: -1;
  top: -2.81em;
  border-radius: 1.25em;
}
.horn-l {
  left: 0.62em;
}
.horn-r {
  left: 3.43em;
}
.horn-l:before,
.horn-r:before {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #e76a12;
  height: 0.25em;
  width: 70%;
  border-radius: 0.2em;
  margin: auto;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  top: 0.62em;
  box-shadow: 0 0.5em #e76a12, 0 1em #e76a12, 0 1.5em #e76a12, 0 2em #e76a12,
    0 2.5em #e76a12;
}
.body {
  position: absolute;
  width: 2.93em;
  height: 5.62em;
  background-color: #c42754;
  margin: auto;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  top: 11.81em;
  z-index: -2;
}
.stomach {
  height: 8.75em;
  width: 8.75em;
  background-color: #c42754;
  border-radius: 50%;
  position: relative;
  top: 3.12em;
  right: 3em;
}
.stomach:before {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #ee3466;
  height: 3.75em;
  width: 3.75em;
  border-radius: 50%;
  top: 4.37em;
  left: 2.5em;
}
.body:after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #8c1436;
  height: 0.5em;
  width: 70%;
  border-radius: 0.5em;
  top: 0.62em;
  margin: auto;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  box-shadow: 0 0.9em #8c1436, 0 1.8em #8c1436, 0 2.7em #8c1436, 0 3.6em #8c1436,
    0 4.5em #8c1436, 0 5.4em #8c1436;
}
.wing {
  height: 7.5em;
  width: 15em;
  background-color: #0e3441;
  border-radius: 12.5em 12.5em 0 0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 12.5em;
  z-index: -3;
}
.wing-l {
  left: 1.25em;
  transform: rotate(25deg);
  animation: wing-1 1.5s infinite;
}
@keyframes wing-1 {
  50% {
    transform: rotate(15deg);
  }
}
.wing-r {
  left: 15em;
  transform: rotateY(-180deg) rotate(25deg);
  animation: wing-2 1.5s infinite;
}
@keyframes wing-2 {
  50% {
    transform: rotateY(-180deg) rotate(15deg);
  }
}
.wing-l:before,
.wing-r:before,
.wing-l:after,
.wing-r:after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #ffd65a;
  height: 2.18em;
  width: 4.37em;
  border-radius: 4.37em 4.37em 0 0;
}
.wing-l:before,
.wing-r:before {
  bottom: -0.1em;
  left: 0;
}
.wing-l:after,
.wing-r:after {
  bottom: -0.1em;
  left: 4.37em;
}
.arm {
  background-color: #8c1436;
  height: 5.62em;
  width: 2.92em;
  border-radius: 3.12em;
  position: absolute;
  z-index: -3;
  top: 14.37em;
}
.arm-l {
  transform: rotate(45deg);
  left: 9.06em;
}
.arm-r {
  transform: rotate(-45deg);
  left: 19.06em;
}
.forearm {
  position: absolute;
  height: 2.81em;
  width: 6.25em;
  background-color: #ee3466;
  border-radius: 5.62em;
  top: 17.5em;
}
.forearm-l {
  left: 7.37em;
}
.forearm-r {
  transform: rotate(180deg);
  left: 17.5em;
}
.forearm-l:after,
.forearm-r:after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #fca01b;
  height: 0.43em;
  width: 1.06em;
  border-radius: 0.31em;
  left: 5.43em;
  top: 0.43em;
  box-shadow: 0 0.75em #fca01b, 0 1.5em #fca01b;
}
.leg {
  background-color: #8c1436;
  height: 5.62em;
  width: 5.62em;
  position: absolute;
  z-index: -3;
  border-radius: 3.12em;
  top: 18.12em;
}
.leg-l {
  left: 8.12em;
}
.leg-r {
  left: 16.87em;
  transform: rotateY(180deg);
}
.leg-l:after,
.leg-r:after {
  position: absolute;
  content: "";
  background-color: #ee3466;
  height: 2.81em;
  width: 5.62em;
  top: 2.81em;
  right: 2.5em;
  border-radius: 5.62em 5.62em 0 0;
}
.shadow {
  width: 21.87em;
  height: 0.5em;
  background-color: rgba(163, 130, 34, 0.4);
  position: absolute;
  margin: auto;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  top: 23.7em;
  border-radius: 0.5em;
}
@media screen and (min-width: 700px) {
  .container {
    font-size: 20px;
  }
}

That’s it for this tutorial. If you face any issues while creating this animation, you can download the source code by clicking on the ‘Download Code’ button below. Also, if you have any queries, suggestions, or feedback, comment below.
Happy Coding!

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