A dinosaur can be drawn in several ways. A cartoon sketch of a dinosaur is quite easy and requires very less detailing. On the other hand, a realistic sketch can be very complex. The dinosaur we will be drawing is neither too cartoonish nor too realistic.

  1. Find a Good Sketch of a Dinosaur

The easy way to draw a dinosaur is to imitate a well-drawn sketch. You can find several sketches from online sources.

  • When you are selecting a picture of a dinosaur, make sure that it is a hand-made sketch and not a digital image.
  • Preferably select an unpainted sketch. This would make it easier for you to imitate the lines and curves.
  1. Start with an Outer Frame

When you are drawing sketches of living creatures, making an outer frame can help you in estimating the proportionate size of various parts.

  • Draw an oval-shaped frame for the head. When you are drawing the actual head, it should fit inside this oval. This is a standard technique used by many professional artists.
  • Next, you have to make another oval for the body of the dinosaur. This would be a larger one and should be placed at the right distance. The distance between the first and the second oval is the length of your dinosaur’s neck.
  1. Make Frames for the Legs

This may seem a bit difficult compared to the previous step. Depending on your reference sketch you should adjust the size and direction of the elliptical frames you draw.

  • Start by making an oval shape within the second frame. This is for fitting the thigh region of the hind leg. The size of this oval should be around 1/4th of the second oval. The frame should be diagonally placed on the bottom right corner of the second frame.
  • For the hind legs, draw 2 small ovals from either end of the frame created for the thigh.
  • Similarly, draw another 2 ovals near the front end of the second oval. These are for drawing the front legs. Also, make 4 small ovals for the paws.
  1. Draw the Neck and Tail

The neck and tail region of a dinosaur determines the type of dinosaur you are drawing. If you are making a dangerous-looking dinosaur make the neck shorter.

  • Draw two lines joining the first oval you have created for the head to the second oval for the body. This would be the neck for your dinosaur. Make the upper line curvier than the lower line.
  • Now create a tail by drawing two curvy lines from the top left and bottom left edges of the second oval. Merge the two lines at their tips to make a perfect tail’s end.
  1. Draw the Head and Torso

At this stage, your picture would start looking somewhat like a dinosaur. Wherever needed, you can deviate from the frame to make the dinosaur look as real as possible.

  • Draw a head either within the frame or along the border of the frame. Also, create an eye, nose, and mouth. For a simple dinosaur, a single curved line from below the nose would make up for a mouth.
  • Draw a smooth line along the upper edge of the second frame to create the body of the dinosaur. Repeat the same along the lower edge. At the bottom, the line should curve into the beginning of the tail making an angle of around 120 degrees.
  1. Draw the Legs

The legs can take some time because a dinosaur has large muscular legs. The legs should be titled in the proper direction to make the dinosaur look natural.

  • Join the oval frames with lines to make the legs. Check your reference image closely before drawing the legs.
  • The hind legs are bigger than the front legs in a dinosaur. Also, draw proportionate-looking paws for all the four legs.
  1. Erase the Oval Frames and Add Spikes

This is the last part of your drawing. So make sure that everything stands corrected at this stage. If your dinosaur is not looking quite right, make necessary tweaks.

  • Erase all the oval shapes using an eraser. Now you will be able to see your actual dinosaur. Make changes wherever required.
  • Create a row of small spikes along the upper edge of the neck, torso, and tail. This would make your dinosaur look impressive.


  • Darken the areas along the neckline and base of the body where legs join the torso. This would add depth to your dinosaur.

It is not necessary that the front legs of the dinosaur should be placed on the ground. You can keep them smaller and up in the air.