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Uploaded: October 18, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: January 13, 2010
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How about another lesson on an animal that is said to be one of the oldest living reptiles in existence. I will show you “how to draw an alligator step by step”. Believe it or not but, these reptilian creatures where once on the endangered species list not too long ago. I guess you can say that this dinosaur isn’t going anywhere. Because of the endangered status that the alligator once had, there is habitat preservation areas that house stray, and troublesome alligators that find themselves involved with people. As we speak, the alligator population is at one million and with each passing day, that number grows. An interesting fact about alligators is that, this species is more than one hundred fifty million years old. They are as we know it, a dinosaur. They managed to fight the odds of extinction for over sixty five million years even though their cousins died off before them. I used to think that alligators where female versions of the crocodile. I soon learned, when I was in science class a few years back, that alligators are a separate species all in their own. Their bodies resemble big lizards, and they have massively strong tails. Among other things, these reptiles have powerful jaws, and they are what you call opportunist. They will eat basically everything and anything they can sink their massive jaws into. Whether its carrion, dogs, cats, chickens, and yes even humans. Let me give you an idea on how big these creatures are; the males on average get to be up to fifteen feet long and they can weigh a whopping one thousand pounds. Females on the other hand are much smaller. They only get to be about ten feet, and weigh up to six hundred pounds. Like other reptiles, alligators lay eggs. You can tell a juvenile alligator apart from the older ones by the yellow strips they have on their hides. Even though at a young age these gators can be deadly, they still stay with their mother until they are two years old. Other than domesticated animals, and on rare occasions humans, they also east turtles, raccoons, and even bobcats. If you think about it, you would have to be crazy to come into contact with one of these beasts. Alligators live in fresh swampy water, and are a common animal seen in the southern states of the US like Florida and Louisiana. Since this animal is loved by kids, (mainly because they look like dinosaurs), I drew a cartoon version. I think you will find that this lesson on “how to draw an alligator step by step”, will be a fun activity for anyone to do. I will be back tomorrow gang with more drawing fun. Peace out, and happy drawing.

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How to Draw an Alligator

how to draw an alligator step 1

STEP 1.

First draw a circle for the gators head shape and then draw the shape of the snout which kind of resembles a duck bill. Next draw an egg shape for the body and then draw in the two limb lines as well as line for the curled tail.
 
how to draw an alligator step 2

STEP 2.

You will start sketching out the alligators head as you see here and then draw out the jaws which have a layer of teeth showing on the outside of the mouth while it is shut. You will also draw the beginning lines for the neck, front leg, and belly.
 
how to draw an alligator step 3

STEP 3.

Okay, first sketch out the eye and draw in the slit pupil. Next add some detail and definition to the head and snout. You will then start the process of sketching out the back of the alligator as you see here. The hide is reptilian so you have to draw the groove lines that are on an alligator's back. Once that is done you can finish drawing in the front leg and foot.
 
how to draw an alligator step 4

STEP 4.

Here you will first draw out the robust tail shape and then draw the hind leg and foot. Once that is done you can draw the spikes on the gators back, and in the tail. Erase the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up your drawing.
 
how to draw an alligator step 5

STEP 5.

Well you have just finished this lesson on "how to draw an alligator step by step". I hope you had fun, all you need to do is color the beast in.