How to Draw Dinosaurs

How to Draw Dryosaurus

Learn how to draw this Dryosaurus dinosaur.
Learn how to draw this Dryosaurus dinosaur.

The Dryosaurus dinosaur had big muscles and a thin, rough-edged fin down its back. Pay close attention to detail when drawing this dinosaur.

In this section, we'll show you how to draw this Dryosaurus 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: Begin with a large potato shape for the body. From one end of the body, draw a curved neck shape. Make the far end of that shape larger to form the head. Add long, rounded shapes for the snout and lower jaw forms.

Step 2: Draw a long, curved funnel for the tail, and connect it to the body. For the arm on the far side, put in one oval shape for the upper arm and another, thinner oval for the forearm. For the leg, draw a shape for the upper leg and a rounded rectangle for the top of the foot.

Step 3: On the near side of the body, make a kidney-bean shape for the upper arm and a rounded rectangle for the forearm. Draw a pointed egg shape for the thigh, a pear shape for the shin, and a rounded rectangle for the lower leg.

Step 4: Draw a rough-edged line from the top of the head to about halfway down the tail. Add hand shapes with sharp points for the claws on the fingers. Draw a spike shape for the front toe on each foot. Add two more lines that follow the same shape slightly above each toe. These are the back toes, which are mostly hidden from view. Draw a circle for the eye and a teardrop for the nostril. Add a slight beak on the end of the snout and lines to define the open mouth.

Step 5: Sketch some lines to add detail. Add the lines along the spine to show featherlike detail. Lines in the neck, legs, and tail will show muscle forms. Lines in the face and belly will show bone detail and skin folds. Don't forget to draw the claws on the Dryosaurus's toes.

Step 6: Draw over the pencil lines you want to keep with a felt-tip pen. Erase the extra pencil lines, and the Dryosaurus 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 Bactrosaurus, with its spiky ridges and big muscles, is one intimidating dinosaur. Learn how to draw this dinosaur in the next section.

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