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How to Draw a Gecko

Easy, step by step Gecko drawing tutorial
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"The gecko lizard clings with its feet, And it goes into the palace of a king."
- Proverbs 30:28, New World Translation

Geckos are small lizards. There are more than 1,000 species of this reptile around the world, native to every continent but Antarctica. Geckos range in size from less than half an inch to 14 inches; a 24-inch specimen of a possibly extinct species from New Zealand is held in one European museum.

Most geckos are nocturnal and have good night vision. Some can run across water. Unlike other lizards, geckos are also vocal, able to make clicks, chirps, cackles, and barking sounds. Most geckos lay eggs, but some give birth to live young.

But that's not all; geckos have an amazing ability. They can scurry up walls, windows, and even across the ceiling. Their toes have ridges containing thousands of hair like structures. Each "hair" has hundreds of its own microscopic filaments. Interaction between the molecules of these filaments and the surface hold the lizard's weight in a phenomenon known as van der Waals forces.

These interesting lizards often make appearances in popular culture. One of the most famous is the Geico Gecko. Another, slightly less well-known specimen is held at the Amber Museum in the Dominican Republic. This museum, whose logo and contents helped inspire the film Jurassic Park, is home to the largest lizard preserved in fossilized amber. Geckos may also be kept as pets.

Would you like to draw a cute cartoon gecko? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Bearded Dragon Lizard, Lizard, and Chameleon.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Gecko

Gecko drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Gecko Step 01

1. Begin by sketching the gecko's head. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the incomplete egg shape. Use a curved line for the smiling mouth, and place a short curved line at the corner.

Gecko drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Gecko Step 02

2. Detail the gecko's face. Draw an oval-shaped eye, and enclose the partial oval shape of the other eye using a curved line. Shade a double-pointed shape in the center of the near eye to form the pupil. Draw short curved lines around the eye, and shade a small circle to indicate the nostril.

Gecko drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Gecko Step 03

3. Begin sketching the gecko's leg. Use curved lines to outline the leg, bent at the knee. Draw a short curved line across the shoulder.

Gecko drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Gecko Step 04

4. Use a series of connected "U" shaped lines to draw the gecko's toes.

Gecko drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Gecko Step 05

5. Extend a curved line to form the gecko's belly, then use curved lines to sketch the rear leg, bent at the knee.

Gecko drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Gecko Step 06

6. Use a series of connected "U" shaped lines to enclose the toes. Draw a short curved line across the ankle.

Gecko drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Gecko Step 07

7. Use long curved lines to sketch the back of the lizard and its tail. Allow the lines to meet at a gentle point at the tail's tip.

Gecko drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Gecko Step 08

8. Draw the remaining front leg. Outline the leg with pairs of curved lines, and use a series of connected "U" shaped lines for the toes.

Gecko drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Gecko Step 09

9. Draw the remaining rear leg using curved lines, with "U" shaped lines for the toes.

Complete Gecko drawing
How to Draw a Gecko Step 10

Color your cartoon gecko. Many geckos have spots, stripes, or blotches. They come in many colors. The web-footed gecko, for example, is dotted with cream, tan, brown, and grey, while the gold dust day gecko is bright green with orange spots and yellow toes and tail tip.

Creepy crawly or cute and cuddly, we've got the animals you want to draw.

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How to draw: Gecko - all drawing steps
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