How to Draw a Dinosaur

How to Draw a Dinosaur

Learn how to draw a dinosaur with two different dinosaur species to choose from. The first is a 6-step drawing tutorial of the famous T-Rex. The second tutorial is a 6-step tutorial of a large Diplodocus, a dinosaur with a long neck and and tail.

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how to draw a dinosaur
Tutorial 1: T-Rex
Level: intermediate
Tutorial steps: 8

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how to draw a dinosaur
Tutorial 2: Diplodocus
Level: intermediate
Tutorial steps: 6

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Did you know?

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
    • Pronounced: Ti-ran-o-saw-rus Rex
    • Average length: 40 feet (12.4m) long
    • Average height: 15 feet (4.6m) tall
    • Average weight: 6 tonnes
    • Diet: meat
    • T-rex was carnivore which primarily ate herbivorous dinosaurs (leaf eaters)
    • This king of the dinosaurs had powerful jaws and lived 70 million years ago
  • Diplodocus
    • Pronounced: di-plod-o-kus
    • Average length: 90 feet (27 m) long
    • Average height: 16 ft (5 m) tall at the hips
    • Average weight: 15 tons
    • Fossils have been found in the USA, in Colorado, Montana and Utah.
    • Lived about 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic period.

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How to draw a dinosaur: T-Rex

Step 1

how to draw a dinosaur
First draw a guide line to form the shape of the body. Then draw two guide oval shapes, a smaller one for the head and a second larger one for the body shape. See image for placement.

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Step 2

how to draw a dinosaur
Now draw a small oval shape for the small front arm position. Then draw a larger oval shape for the rear leg hip section. Now draw the lower leg shape connected to the hip oval shape. Now draw three small circle shapes for the starting point of the toes. See image above for placement and shape.

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Step 3

how to draw a dinosaur
Using the original two oval shapes and guide line, draw the outside body line from the top of the head down to the tip of the tail. Then draw from the tip of the tail up towards the main rear leg, and then upwards to form the neck and jaw line.

Draw four circle shapes for placement of the fingers, then two more circles for the other toe on the back leg. Follow the image above for placement.

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Step 4

how to draw a dinosaur
Draw the head shape including the lower jaw line. Then draw the eye. See image for shape reference. Now draw the small arm using the oval guide.

Then draw the rear main leg shape following the leg guide shapes drawn in the previous steps.

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Step 5

how to draw a dinosaur
First draw the head details such as the eye socket, a line for the nose ridge and then an arc for the skin joing the upper and lower jaw. Now draw the claws on the front arm, then draw the outline for the front arm behind the body.

Draw the lines for the toes and finally draw the rear leg shape behind the body.

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Step 6

how to draw a dinosaur
Now it’s time to draw the teeth, nose and another line for the bottom of the eye socket. Then draw the remaining claws for the small front arm.

Then draw the claws on the feet of the rear legs. See image above.

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Step 7

how to draw a dinosaur
Finally let’s add a few extra lines for skin details. An arc around the bottom of the eye. Some lines for the skin around the neck, and a line for the belly up behind the rear leg.

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Step 8

how to draw a dinosaur
Our T-rex is now complete!

You can add some extra skin lines and patterns, perhaps even some claw marks on the head or body from a past fight with another dinosaur. Have fun!

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How to draw a dinosaur: Diplodocus

Step 1

how to draw a dinosaur
First, let’s draw our guide lines. Draw a long line starting from the left as guide for the general shape and length of our dinosaur. Refer to image for the shape of this line.

Then draw a small oval guide shape on its side at the start of this line. Draw a second, larger oval guide shape in the middle of the guide line so that the hump passes through the middle of this larger oval guide shape. Refer to image closely for placement.

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Step 2

how to draw a dinosaur
Now draw the body lines around our guide shapes. Start at the base of the small oval shape and draw a line down following the guide shape, up and around the large oval shape to form the back of the dinosaur, then down and along the guide line to the end to form the tail. Now continue the line from the point of the tail back towards the base of the large oval shape forming the bottom of the tail.

Draw a second line starting from the base of the small oval, which is our head, and continue the line down and around to the base of the large oval shape. This forms the bottom of our neck. Refer to the image for guidance.

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Step 3

how to draw a dinosaur
Finish the head using the guide shape as a guide. Draw a line for the mouth and a dot for the eye. See image.

Now draw the front leg from the base of the large oval body shape. Then draw the back leg starting from in the middle of the oval body shape down with a bend in the knew.

Finally draw an arc from one leg to the other using the oval guide shape. See reference image above.

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Step 4

how to draw a dinosaur
Now let’s draw the rear front leg starting where the base of the nect and body meet just in front of our first leg. Now draw the rear back leg starting from the base of the tail and body downwards behind the first rear leg. See image above.

Now draw the tail nails on the front and back legs. Finally, add small lines showing creases in the skin as indicated by the reference image above.

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Step 5

how to draw a dinosaur
Now it’s time to add some extra details.

Using the reference image above, draw a few lines along the top of the body. Then draw some small lines showing the elbow on the front leg, and a couple of small lines showing the knee on the back leg. Now draw the remaining toe nails on the other legs.

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Step 6

how to draw a dinosaur
Now we are complete!

You can draw more detail to show the thick skin the dinosaur has, or perhaps some claw marks or scars on the body to show where the animal has been attacked in the past.

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