How to Draw Dinosaurs

How to Draw Ankylosaurus

Learn how to draw this Ankylosaurus dinosaur.
Learn how to draw this Ankylosaurus dinosaur.

The Ankylosaurus dinosaur was unique in every way -- it had a club at the end of its tail, armor covering its body, and spikes covering its armor. You’ll have a great time learning to draw this amazing dinosaur.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw this Ankylosaurus 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 and a smaller, rounded shape for the head.

Step 2: Add a thick, curved shape like macaroni to make the tail. Draw another rounded triangle to form the club at the end of the tail. Put in two more shapes as shown to form the legs behind the body.

Step 3: The legs on the Ankylosaurus's near side are each formed by drawing an upper leg and a lower leg. These shapes should overlap slightly, as seen on the grid. Make the lower shapes bulge out at the bottom to form the feet.

Step 4: Draw four teardrop shapes on each foot to make the claws. Add more teardrops along the tail for spikes.

Step 5: Draw triangles along the side of the body to start forming the upper shell armor. Add more triangles on the head for spikes. Split the head to separate the mouth and the lower jaw. Draw circles for the eye and the eye socket. Put a teardrop shape near the front of the face for the nostril.

Step 6: Draw curved lines across the Ankylosaurus's back and head. This provides a grid to show how to arrange the shell armor spikes.

Step 7: Draw the armor spikes by following the grid guidelines. Add detail lines on the legs, the belly, and the tail.

Step 8: Trace the pencil lines you want to keep with a felt-tip pen, and erase any extra lines. The Ankylosaurus is now 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.

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