Dinosaurs have long excited the imaginations of children and adults alike. It was during the 1600’s that dinosaur fossils were first recognized as being something entirely different from any animal alive today. Then, scientists thought the bones might have belonged to giants. And giants they were, but of the reptilian and birdlike variety. The word “dinosaur” was first used to describe these creatures in the 1840’s.
Long-necked dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, and Brachiosaurus have been the starring characters in many animated cartoons. Little Foot from The Land Before Time and Arlo from The Good Dinosaur are among the most popular.
Would you like to be able to draw your very own cartoon dinosaur? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil or pen and a piece of paper. You may also want to acquire an eraser and something with which to color your finished drawing, such as markers, crayons, or colored pencils.
Each step of this drawing guide is accompanied by a picture. In each picture, new marks made in that step are highlighted in blue, while lines from previous steps are shown in black. You will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along, so sketch lightly at first.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Dinosaur
Draw another curved line, beginning within the circle, passing beyond it, and ending as a nearly enclosed shape. Draw a small curved line at the end of this line. This shape will form the upper portion of the dinosaur’s mouth.
Erase the guide lines formDraw the neck using two long, parallel curved lines.ed by the original circle.
Connect the leg lines on the bottom using a curved line for each. Draw toes by making several upside down “U” shaped lines.
Draw the rear legs using overlapping curved lines. Connect the leg lines at the bottom using a smooth, curved line.
Draw toes on the rear feet, using upside down “U” shaped lines. Add detail to the knees and ankles by drawing horizontal curved lines.
To draw the eyes, sketch two large circles above the mouth. Allow a curve to extend slightly from the top of the circle, giving the eyes depth. Draw the right eye ridge using a curved line.
Add detail to the eyes. Draw three successively smaller circles within the eye circles. Shade the middle circle, leaving the smallest uncolored.
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