How to Draw a Bearded Dragon Lizard

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Bearded dragon is the common name of a group of eight lizard species. They are named for the spiky "beard" beneath their necks which can turn black due to stress.

Bearded dragons are native to the deserts of Australia, but they are also found in and around human homes. Bearded dragons are popular pets throughout the world. They can live up to ten years and reach a length of 24 inches. Bearded dragons need an environment in which the light, temperature, and humidity are carefully controlled.

Bearded dragons are communicative creatures. Their antics include moving their legs in a way that resembles a wave hello. The beard may be expanded to express aggression or during courtship. Bearded dragons may also hiss loudly when threatened.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon bearded dragon lizard? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Bearded Dragon Lizard

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the bearded dragon's head. Use a series of short curved lines connected at points to sketch the spikey top of the head. Then, outline the remainder of the face using a wavy curved line. Draw another curved line to indicate the mouth.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 2

2. Draw another curved line beneath the mouth. Then, use a series of short, curved lines connected at jagged points to draw the spikes at the side of the head. Draw similar spikes behind and beneath the head.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 3

3. Use overlapping curved lines to outline the body. The second set of lines should taper and curve back upon themselves, forming the tail and meeting at a sharp point.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 4

4. Draw the rear leg, erasing as necessary. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the leg, and "U" shaped lines to enclose the toes. Draw a small triangle to indicate a claw at the tip of each toe.

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How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 5

5. Sketch the foreleg. Use curved lines to sketch the upper and lower leg as well as the toes. Again, draw a small triangle at the tip of each toe to indicate the claw.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 6

6. Draw the remaining foreleg. Use curved lines to outline the upper and lower leg, foot, and toes. Draw a small triangle at the tip of each toe to indicate the claw or toenail.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 7

7. Detail the body of the lizard. Draw a long, curved line down the center of the back, from the head to the base of the tail. Use a series of short, curved lines that meet at jagged points to draw the spikes on the lizard's side. Draw lines and small circles here and there to add texture.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 8

8. Continue to texture the lizard's back and tail. Then, draw a curved line beneath the mouth. Fill the area below the mouth with circles and half-circles, giving the lizard a scaly appearance.

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How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 9

9. Detail the lizard's face. Enclose a large rounded shape around the eye, and shade a smaller rounded shape within it. Use lines and circles to draw the nostril. Shade a narrow oval beyond the end of the mouth to form the lizard's ear, and draw curved lines around it.

How to Draw Bearded Dragon Lizard: Step 10

Color your bearded dragon. This lizard is typically brown in color but can be red, yellow, green, orange, or white. Some have unique patterns, such as tiger-like stripes.

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