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Draw a Pterodactyl

Here’s how to draw a Pterodactyl that features his wing span, which could be up to 30 feet wide. That’s much larger than any flying birds alive today.

How to draw a Pterodactyl

This tutorial is designed to show off how the Pterodactyl’s wings looked when fully spread. If you learn how the arms were connected to the wings, then you can imagine what they might have once looked like, flying around in the sky.


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There are many more dinosaur (and dragon!) drawing tutorials made just for young artists in my Draw Dinos & Dragons ebook.

All were created with lots of hands on classroom testing, and designed to take beginner artists from the first step to the last with clear and simple diagrams.

Each project starts with the simplest body shape possible, followed with the details that make dinos and dragons so much fun to draw. Just click on the book to learn more.


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Pterodactyl

  1. Make guide or fold lines. Draw an oval.

  2. Add the tail and back legs.

  3. Draw two sides of the wings.

  4. Connect the ends as shown.

  5. Start the head.

  6. Finish head, and add hands.

  7. Finish the wings, and add feet.

  8. Add a background as desired.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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