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Easy How to Draw a Chameleon Tutorial Video and Chameleon Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial video for how to draw a Chameleon and a Chameleon Coloring Page. It’s perfect for those just learning how to draw.

Chameleon Drawing in an Art Journal

Chameleon Video Tutorial

This how to draw a chameleon tutorial works great for younger elementary students, especially those that are just learning how to draw. The simple shapes and bright colors are perfect for their abilities and imagination.

Chameleons are fascinating lizards that can change the color of their skins for camouflage, or to signal their mood to other chameleons. Most prefer to live in warm places that vary from the desert to the rain forest. Their long, sticky tongues can fire out in a fraction of a second!

Working with Drawing Guides

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing project is to show them how to use guides as a reference point. You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have center guides that are showing as both a vertical line and a horizontal line. If students make lines like those on their own paper, before drawing, they will have some extra help in seeing where to begin. For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the chameleon’s head is sitting just to the right of the vertical line, just above the horizontal one. The body then lines up to the left of the head.

Drawing skills are all about getting the right size and placement, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate. So does that mean students need to use their pencil to draw big fat lines down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear. And now, on to the chameleon drawing project.

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Step by step diagram for how to Draw a Chameleon.

Chameleon Coloring Page

Materials for a Chameleon Drawing

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

Time Lapse Drawing of the Chameleon

Time Lapse of a Chameleon tutorial

Directions for How to Draw a Chameleon

Time needed: 1 hour

How to Draw a Chameleon in 9 Easy Steps

  1. Draw a quarter circle for the head.

  2. Add a simple body behind the head.

  3. Draw two short legs.

  4. Add a curly tail to the back.

  5. Draw an eye and curly tongue coming out of the mouth.

  6. Add stripes to body and tail.

  7. Draw a branch and leaves belows.

  8. Add a sun in the background.

  9. Trace with a marker and color

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  1. Hi! I checked it and the settings are right. The trick to staying on the Chameleon video is to watch for and click on the “Stay” button that pops up in the beginning. Think of it like a carousel that keeps showing you choices of new things to watch. You have to tell the carousel to stop when you want to watch something through to the end. I know it can be tricky, but that’s the way players are all designed these days.

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