Don’t be afraid of the Dacentrurus dinosaur’s sharp spikes -- with the help of the easy steps below, you’ll be drawing this dinosaur in no time.
In this section, we'll show you how to draw this Dacentrurus 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: Draw a large oval for the body. Add a peanut shape for the head, and then connect the head to the body with a curved neck shape.
Step 2: Draw a pointed shape for the tail, with a small curve at the end. Add a rounded oblong shape for the rear leg on the far side and another peanut shape for the front leg on the far side. Draw a shape for the foot at the end of each leg.
Step 3: For the rear leg on the close side, draw a long oblong shape for the thigh and a rounded rectangle for the shin. Place a shape for the foot at the end of the shin. The front leg should have a circle for the shoulder, a rounded oblong shape for the upper leg, and a rounded rectangle for the lower leg. Also add a shape for the foot at the end of this leg.
Step 4: Sketch in long, curved triangles along the back to make spikes. Add an oval for the eye and a teardrop for the nostril. The front of the snout should have a beak. Draw two more curved lines to make the mouth. Put toenails on each of the feet.
Step 5: Draw detail lines on the body to show the muscles and skin folds. Add a wavy line from the tip of the tail to the tip of the nose for skin color detail.
Step 6: Use a felt-tip pen to trace over the lines you want to keep, and erase the extra pencil lines.
Your dinosaur is finished! Even if you don't get it right the first time, keep practicing until you're happy with your drawing.
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