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How to Draw a Gecko

Learn how to draw a Gecko with this easy step by step tutorial. The toughest part might be deciding which pattern to fill him in with when complete.

How to Draw a Gecko
A finished drawing of a Gecko
How to Draw a Gecko
Preview of the Gecko step by step tutorial

Geckos are the most species-rich group of lizards, with more than 1,650 varieties found worldwide. They are mostly found in warm climates and live in lots of habitats, such as rain forests, deserts and even on cold mountain slopes. How long do they live there? That can range from just a few to over 25 years.

One prominent feature of geckos are the sticky feet that allow them to climb up almost type of material. While other creatures use methods like secretions or claws to attach to surfaces, the gecko uses an intricate system called “dry adhesion.” It has many microscopic hairs on its feet that give them this sticky ability.

This tutorial will help students draw the basic lizard like shape of the gecko body, with a little curve to help fill up the page. Those important toes are included, and are easy to draw if treated like lots of little fingers.

Lastly the body could be filled in to look like one of the more tropical-looking geckos, like the sample shown, or any of another species. As mentioned above, there are 1,650 to chose from!



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Gecko

  1. Draw the head at an angle.

  2. Continue with the belly shape.

  3. Add a curved tail.

  4. Draw the two front arms.

  5. Add fingers on each hand.

  6. Draw the two back legs.

  7. Add toes on each leg.

  8. Finish by adding eyes and stripes.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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