In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Plesiosaurus step-by-step.
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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.
To draw this Plesiosaurus 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 front part of the plesiosaurus' body. To draw the circle, make four marks to determine height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a lid. To the left, draw another circle as a guide for the back portion of the body using the same technique. The circles should be about the same size. Place the second circle lower than the first and not too far away. 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: On the top, right side, draw a third circle as a guide for the head. This circle should be about one-fifth the size of the first one. Place the head far away from the first circle so that the neck is long. On the top, right side of the plesiosaurus' head, draw a small, thin arc as a guide for the top jaw. Below that, draw a slightly smaller arc as a guide for the lower jaw.
Step 3: Draw two long lines that connect the head to the body to create the guide for the plesiosaurus' neck. Curve the lines slightly in the middle. Sketch lightly at first so that you get the shape right. The base of the neck should be wide, and the shape should gradually get thinner toward the head.
Step 4: On the lower, left side of the first circle, draw a couple of long, curved lines as a guide for plesiosaurus' the first limb. This shape should be similar to a tall letter V that's sightly tilted to the right. To the right, draw another long, V-like shape for the plesiosaurus' other limb. Bend the top, left side of the shape a bit.
Step 5: On the lower, left side of the second circle, draw another tall, tilted V-like shape for the plesiosaurus' first hind limb. To the right, draw another V-like shape for the other hind limb. The hind limbs should tilt more than the front limbs.