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How to Draw Dinosaurs


How to Draw Hypsilophodon
Learn how to draw this Hypsilophodon dinosaur.
Learn how to draw this Hypsilophodon dinosaur.

The Hypsilophodon dinosaur was covered in cool-looking stripes. Be creative when you’re coloring the Hypsilophodon dinosaur. Remember, scientists don’t have much information about what color dinosaurs were -- it can be the colors of your imagination!

In this section, we'll show you how to draw this Hypsilophodon dinosaur. You can draw it freehand while looking at your computer monitor, or you can print out this page to get a closer look at each step.

Here, we'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it. Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray.

Step 1: Start with a potato shape for the body. Draw a teardrop for the head, and connect it to the body with the neck.

Step 2: Draw a long, pointed shape for the tail. Add a narrow oval for the arm on the far side of the body. Draw a rounded rectangle for the shin and another rounded rectangle for the top part of the foot.

Step 3: To make the arm on the near side, draw a rounded rectangle for the upper arm and another for the forearm. Make a large, round triangle for the thigh, a round, oblong shape for the shin, and a thin, round rectangular shape for the top of the foot. This leg should be lower than the other leg to show the Hypsilophodon walking.

Step 4: Draw long, sharp claw shapes at the ends of the legs for fingers and more at the ends of the feet for toes. Outline the head with a shorter teardrop to show the jawline and forehead. Add a circle for the eye and a teardrop for the nostril. Sketch a curved line behind the nostril to show detail on the snout.

Step 5: Draw some pointed shapes down the back to make stripes. Finish the stripes with lines on the tail.

Step 6: Draw lines to form some detail on the body. Add the lines in the legs and tail to show muscles. Lines in the neck and belly will show skin folds.

Step 7: Draw over the pencil lines you want to keep with a felt-tip pen. Erase the extra pencil lines, and the dinosaur is ready to color.

Your dinosaur is finished! Even if you don't get it right the first time, keep practicing until you're happy with your drawing.

The Ankylosaurus dinosaur had it all -- clubbed tail, body armor, and sharp spikes. Learn how to draw this amazing dinosaur in the next section.

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