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How to Draw a Lizard

Learn how to a lizard, with all its lizard details. The head, legs and tail get easier to draw when you take it one step at a time.

How to draw a Lizard
How to Draw a Lizard

There are about 3800 lizard species found all over the globe. They come in all colors and sizes, but every one of them does have four legs and a tapered tail. One of the more interesting things about lizards is that they can detach that tail, if need be, to get out of danger. That’s a pretty cool defense mechanism.

This tutorial is designed to show students how to draw a pretty realistic-looking lizard. By starting with a long oval for the body, and a short one for the head, the basic body shape will be off to a good start. Remind students to sketch lightly so those ovals can be easily erased once they are done. Lizards have an unusual profile, with lots of rounded connecting body parts, so beginning with some very simple shapes will ensure that the lizard fills the page, by the time the drawing is done.

How to draw a Lizard
Preview of step by step Lizard tutorial



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Lizard

  1. Draw a large and small oval as shown.

  2. Add a tail.

  3. Connect the head to the body and add a mouth.

  4. Erase the inside ovals and draw the face.

  5. Add skin lines and start the arm.

  6. Draw a hand with fingers and erase inside line.

  7. Add the back leg with toes.

  8. Erase the line and add spots and draw a branch.

  9. Trace the drawing with a marker and color.

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