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how to draw a lizard

How to Draw a Lizard

Step 1.

Begin by drawing the general shapes of your lizard. Note there is no real neck defined,as this lizard’s head is the same size as its neck. Use lines to establish toe placement.

Step 2.

Refine shapes, putting skin on the toes, and lightly draw in stipe pattern and pupil placement.

Step 3.

Begin to add details placing scales, darken pupil and some of he spots on the back. Erase the underdrawing lines as you add detail.

Step 4.

Finish structure detail, begin adding shading, to the lizard, note the dark stripes following the pattern establihed in original underdrawing.

Step 5.

Complete shading. You have now drawn an Alligator Lizard.

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Uploaded: January 12, 2010
Artist: Fineart
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: January 13, 2010
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Artist comments

Lizards are skittish creatures, preferring the company of their own, and wary of humans. The particular lizard I have chosen to draw is an Alligator Lizard, of which there are 67 known species in the world. There are eight species that are common to North America, ranging from southern Canada through Central America. The different species range through many habitats, generally liking damp areas of low hills and mountains, but can be found into the drier areas of grass, staying near rivers and streams. Reclusive in temperament, they hide under rocks or crevices, and low brush. Care should be taken if you go to catch one, as they can deliver a painful bite. Alligator Lizards have a flat, wedge-shaped head. The neck is hardly defined and the body is about the same width as the head. The legs are small, thin, and end in five fine toes. You will note that there is distinct lateral fold s running along their lower sides from the corner of their mouth to their tail. Their scales are large, slightly keeled, and shingled. There color is medium brown with bands that cross their bodies in dark brown. When they shed, they are like snakes and their skin comes off in one single piece. They feed mainly on insects and snails, on occasion if large small rodents. Most of these lizards are egg layers; some do retain their eggs internally, and appear to have live births. All in all these reptiles are interesting animals, and I am pleased to show you "how to draw a lizard, step by step".