How to Draw Dinosaurs

How to Draw Coelophysis

Learn how to draw this Coelophysis dinosaur.
Learn how to draw this Coelophysis dinosaur.

The Coelophysis dinosaur had a thin, question-mark shaped neck and long, slender tail. You’ll get great drawing practice learning how to draw this interesting dinosaur.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw this Coelophysis 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 two overlapping ovals for the rib cage and the lower body of the Coelophysis. Add a thin shape for the head and another for the lower jaw.

Step 2: Sketch a curved shape like a fat question mark to make the neck. Add two long, curved lines that meet in a point to form the tail.

Step 3: To draw the arm on the front side of the body, start with a heart shape for the shoulder, add a thin egg shape for the upper arm, and then draw a long, upside-down pear shape for the forearm. For the back leg, make a rough egg shape for the thigh, a curved shape for the shin, and a long, thin shape for the foot.

Step 4: Draw a rounded boomerang shape for the back upper arm and a shape like a sideways bowling pin for the back forearm. For the back leg, make a sideways pear shape for the shin and a long, rounded rectangle for the lower leg.

Step 5: Make a hook at the end of each arm for a finger and claw. At the side of each finger, draw two more lines that each follow the same shape. These are the back fingers, which are mostly hidden from view. Draw larger claws on the feet. Use the same process you used on the hands to make the other claws on the feet. Draw one circle inside another to make the eye. Draw a teardrop for the nostril and triangles for the teeth. Finish with another triangle for the tongue and more lines at the back of the mouth for jaw detail.

Step 6: Sketch lines to form some detail. Add lines in the legs, tail, neck, and arms to show muscles. Draw claws on the ends of the feet. Add lines in the chest and face to show bone detail.

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

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