How to Draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex

Easy, step by step Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing tutorial

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The Tyrannosaurus rex, or T. rex for short, is among the most well known of the dinosaurs. The name Tyrannosaurus rex means "king of the tyrant lizards." T. rex is thought to have been either a predator or a scavenger. Scientists estimate that it lived from 150 to 65 million years ago, from the late Jurassic to the late Cretaceous periods.

Did you know? It is thought that T. rex had a lifespan of about 30 years and weighed as much as 15,000 pounds. Each of T. rex's 50 to 60 teeth were about the size of a banana.

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Dinosaurs such as T. rex have long captured human imagination. Such dinosaurs have starred in countless feature films, from The Land That Time Forgot (1974) to The Land Before Time (1988) to Jurassic Park (1993).

In fact, dinosaurs were a part of some of the first films ever made, such as Brute Force and Gertie the Dinosaur, both released in 1914.

Would you like to draw a fearsome tyrannosaurus rex? This simple, step-by-step drawing guide is designed to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, 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: Velociraptor, Buffalo, and Alligator.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a T-Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 1

1. Begin by sketching the top of the dinosaur's head. Use a curved line for the snout, a scalloped line for the eye ridge, and another curved line for the back of the head and the neck.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 2

2. Draw the dinosaur's open jaws. First, use a curved line to sketch the bottom of the upper jaw. Overlap this with another curved line, outlining the top of the lower jaw. Double back a third curved line beneath the second, completing the jaw.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 3

3. Draw the dinosaur's neck. Use a curved line, and place a small curved line at the base of it to indicate the far shoulder. Texture the neck with curved lines descending from the jaw.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 4

4. Draw a long curved line to sketch in the back and tail.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 5

5. Draw the forearm. Use curved lines to sketch the shape of the arm. Ring the base of the arm with curved lines. Then, use short curved lines to enclose the fingers and hand. Finally, draw small curved triangles to indicate the claws.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 6

6. Draw a long curved line from the far shoulder, behind the arm, and to the tip of the tail. This outlines the belly and the underside of the tail.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 7

7. Outline the remaining arm using curved lines. Notice the bends at the elbow and wrist. Then, use curved lines to enclose each of the fingers. Finally, draw small curved triangles to indicate the claws.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 8

8. Draw the rex's strong back legs, erasing guide lines as necessary. For each of the rear legs, outline the shape using two long curved lines. Notice the bulges of the knees, ankles, and calf muscles. Enclose the toes using irregular "U" shaped lines, and draw a curved, triangular claw at the tip of each. Add texture to the leg using small curved lines, and draw a line from the forearm to the knee to indicate the belly.

Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing - step 9

9. Give your dinosaur teeth. Draw many triangular, pointed teeth along the upper and lower jaws. Draw two curved lines at the corner of the jaw to indicate skin. Draw the eye, and use curved lines for the nostril and to texture the snout.

Complete Tyrannosaurus Rex drawing

Color your dinosaur. The tyrannosaurus rex is often depicted as green, brown, or grey, but as no one has ever seen one, they may have been any color you could imagine.

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