In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Diplodocus step by step. Diplodocus were very large dinosaurs that lived 150 million years ago. Diplodocus carnegii is currently one of the longest dinosaurs known from a complete skeleton, with a total length of 82 feet! Diplodocus hallorum, known from partial remains, was even larger, and is estimated to have been the size of four elephants! Diplodocus also had an extremely long tail and some speculation exists as to whether it may have had a defensive or noisemaking function by cracking it like a whip.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
To draw a Diplodocus step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle near the middle of the paper as a guide for the first part of the Diplodocus's body. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a bottle cap or any other object with a circular edge. Diplodocus were very long dinosaurs, so be sure to leave plenty of room on either side of the circle for the dinosaur's neck and tail. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: Draw an arc on the left side of the circle as a guide for the front part of the Diplodocus's body. Make a small mark on the left, and then connect the mark using curved lines. Pay attention to the size of the arc in relation to the circle.
Step 3: Draw another arc to the right of the circle the same way. This arc should be a bit wider than the first arc. The overall shape for the dinosaur's body should be oval-like.
Step 4: To the left of the body, draw a long, slightly curved, horizontal line as a guide for the Diplodocus's neck.
Step 5: At the end of the line, draw a small circle as a guide for the head. Pay attention to the size of the Diplodocus's head in relation to the body.