How to Draw a Pteranodon

Learn how to draw a great looking Pteranodon with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Pteranodon.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pteranodon

How to Draw a Great Looking Pteranodon for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the cartoon Pteranodon outline by using a long curved line, doubled back on itself, to draw the upper portion of the beak.

Use curved lines for the brows and to outline the teardrop shape of the eye. Shade a round pupil inside the eye.

Easy Pteranodon Drawing - Step 2

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. From the top of the head, extend a long curved line and double it back on itself to create the dinosaur’s head crest.

Use a curved line for its cheek and another line, doubled back on itself, to form the lower jaw. Use overlapping curved lines to detail the inside of the mouth and the tongue.

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Easy Pteranodon Drawing - Step 3

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the animal’s neck and the shoulder of its wing. Contour the face and head with short lines.

Easy Pteranodon Drawing - Step 4

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw the pterosaur’s hand or paw, using curved lines that meet at points to form each finger. Extend the fourth finger to support the sail of the wing.

Easy Pteranodon Drawing - Step 5

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Use long curved lines to sketch the side of the Pteranodon's body, the top of each of its wings, and the edge of the first wing’s sail.

Easy Pteranodon Drawing - Step 6

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Use a long curved line for the bottom of the Pteranodon's remaining arm. Draw pairs of lines that meet at points to enclose the fingers.

Extend the top of the fourth finger to support the remainder of the wing.

Easy Pteranodon Drawing - Step 7

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Use long curved lines to complete the top of the wing, the bottom side of the long finger, the front of the chest and belly, and the bottom edge of the wing.

Add More Details to Your Pteranodon Picture - Step 8

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Use curved lines to draw the sides of the legs and the toes. At the end of each toe, draw small, sharp, curved triangle-shaped claws.

Complete the Outline of Your Pteranodon Drawing - Step 9

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete the foot using curved lines and triangle-shaped claws. Use a “V” shaped line for the tail and short lines to contour the neck and shoulder.

Color Your Pteranodon Drawing

Pteranodon step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Your Pteranodon outline is now complete. Color your prehistoric beast. Often, Pteranodons are depicted in shades of red or brown, but you can color yours however you would like.

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Learn More About The Pteranodon Drawing

Pteranodons once ruled the skies, many millennia ago. You can resurrect this prehistoric creature when you learn how to draw a Pteranodon today.

Pteranodons - sometimes called pterosaurs or pterodactyls - were neither birds nor dinosaurs, but they have characteristics of both. Can you see this Pteranodon's long beak and batlike wings?

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Where did Pteranodons live? Many Pteranodon fossils have been found in North America and around the world.

Some researchers think they lived near oceans and ate fish. They are often depicted with volcano drawings like this one.

It is possible that prehistoric beasts like this one inspired some dragon myths. Can you see any similarities between the pterosaur and this baby dragon drawing?

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