Drawing Lizards - How to Draw Reptiles For the Beginner
Drawing Lizards How to Draw Reptiles For the Beginner
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Learn How to Draw Books for the Absolute Beginner
First of all, thank you for picking up this book on Drawing Lizards. Throughout this book, you will
learn some valuable tools to assist you in learning how to draw reptiles. Follow along, step by step, to
get the most out of this eBook. Let’s get started!
The most important tool you need, in order to be able to enhance your drawing skills, is a medium that
can be corrected in case you make sloppy line strokes. It is better if you have pencils of different grades
so you can have the kind of lightness or darkness you want to make. The ‘H’ engraved near the pencil’s
tip (side of eraser) stand for “hardness”, and it ranges from 2H to 9H. A pencil with only an “H” mark
and doesn’t have a number means 1H. This is the most common grade of a pencil (pencils without
grade marks) and is usually a 2H pencil. The “B” marking on the pencil stands for “blackness”, and this
means the pencil produces a darker marking and is softer than H pencils. It ranges from HB (hard and
dark) to 9B (very soft and very dark), and this means the higher the grade, the softer and darker it
A mechanical pencil has a consistent wick or point, which makes it easier for you to maintain the
thickness of the line marks you produce, instead of sharpening your pencil several times just to have a
thin and constant fine point. Different grades of lead or graphite are also available for refilling your
mechanical pencil. Just make sure that the size of the point your pencil has, is also the same as the
pencil leads you refill it with. They come in several sizes and styles, but what really matters is it does
what it’s supposed to.
A regular sharpener is quite dependable if you are using H and low B pencils, but if you are going to
use it to sharpen pencils with very soft graphite cores, it may keep on breaking, especially if you use it
for a charcoal lead pencil. A good substitute for regular sharpeners is a cutter, so you can easily control
the pressure to expose the core and make a fine point. Cutters are often used if you want a “chisel”
point pencil which is very helpful for thick and thin linings.
Having an eraser is essential if you are going to use a pencil for drawing. Choose a rubber eraser that is
soft and not the ones that leave a faint color or, even worse, scratches the paper. Don’t leave your
eraser lying around on the table or just anywhere, rather, keep it in a pencil case or anything that can
protect it from being exposed to air for too long, because some erasers (cheaper ones) harden when it’s
left to dry out.
A kneadable eraser is very helpful for making highlights and reaching hard to access areas such as the
gloss on the eyes or light portions of fingernails and such. It usually looks like a gray slab or a small
bar of clay that can be molded or formed to any shape you desire. It doesn’t rub off the markings like
usual erasers, but instead, it lifts off the graphite from the paper, almost like absorbing it. Instead of
rubbing the eraser with a certain pressure to remove a marking, carefully dab on the portions you want
to erase or decrease the applied graphite or charcoal, until you recover the brightness (whiteness of the
paper) you want. Kneaded erasers can still be useful as long as they aren’t already too dirty or dry
A smudge stick is used for smearing the shades on the portions that are hard to access. Some artists dull
down the other tip so it can be used for distributing the shades on the general areas. To avoid ruining
the smudge stick, use a sand paper to make a blunter tip or to make it even pointier. Smudge sticks or
blending stumps comes in different sizes. Choose what best fits your needs and it will be a big help for
Drawing with Pencil
Nose-horned lizards have significantly long tails and unique head shapes due to their pointed noses.
You should take note of these details when you want to draw them/use them as your subject.
• Establish the silhouette form (simple shape outline) of a lizard.
Most lizards have oval (bean-shaped) heads and long bodies, so this means that you can easily establish
the mass or the basic shape of your subject by starting your drawing with a generic figure of a lizard, as
long as the idea is applicable. Establish the thickness of each limb and observe the overlapping
• Convey the figure outline of the unique feature of a nose-horned lizard by simply modifying the
Once you already have a basic figure of a lizard, it is easier to depict any other certain features, of the
specific kind, you wish to illustrate. Just edit the shape and modify the portions if necessary. A nosehorned
lizard (obviously) has a significantly longer nose compared to the other breeds; it is pointed and
slightly bent upwards, visibly exceeding the height of the head. The length of its nose is usually nearly
the same length of its head. Take note how each finger overlaps the other to avoid making it look like a
fan or a leaf (flat figure). The details of the limbs are also an effective way to portray the figure’s
• Clean up your primary sketch to obtain a good outline of the subject’s main shape.
Erase the unnecessary line marks/sketch marks to prepare your drawing for the establishment of the
details, especially the inner portion of the figure. And, if needed, re-do the outlines to produce a better
outline of the figure (erased outlines or portions that are too sketchy).
• Start establishing the details of your subject’s body features.
Draw the subtle ridges of the subject’s skin to portray its rough texture. Use thinner lines for detailing.
Some portions of your shape outline might be overlapped (back part) to further portray the
characteristic of its rough skin texture.
• Convey the body prints and the body’s texture.
Draw any other details necessary, such as the body prints and subtle skin texture contour. Use thin
grey-toned line marks to avoid visually dominating the main outline. This can be initiated with
controlled line strokes producing thinner but considerably visible line marks.
• Depict the dimensions of the figure by placing contour hatches accordingly.
Convey the contour shape (dimension value) of your subject by applying hatches that travels to the
semi-rounded body structure of the figure. Contour hatches are initiated with the lightest line marks of
the whole drawing. These linings should be lighter than the linings made for the body details and
• Finalize the drawing by giving some shadows to your subject to visually impose the figure’s
Portraying the direction of the light source (to the subject) effectively depicts how the figure occupies
space (in actuality). This enforces the dimension value and the portrayed body mass of the subject’s
physical structure. Since the shadow would be outside the main outline (and little shadows on the
overlapping portions such as the limbs to the abdomen) this can be initiated with grey-toned line marks
or overlapping hatches.
Even if the individual shapes of the tuatara’s scales seem too random, you can still use them to
establish the dimensions of its head efficiently. If done effectively, this detailing is actually more than
enough to portray the different planes of its head structure.
At first look, you might say that the details of a reptile’s scaly skin are differing in shapes and sizes.
Too random to predict and too intricate to copy or adopt for drawing. But, if you observe the skin of a
tuatara and any other lizards with such skin, you will notice that the semi-polygonal shapes of each
scale are not totally random. They somehow follow a certain pattern.
Some scales are flowing in a curved row that travels across the structure of the subject’s shape. Some
scales (especially the ones surrounding the eyes) are significantly smaller than the others, which can be
used to effectively portray the portion’s depth. While the larger scales (especially the ones around the
mouth) that are relatively larger than the others, can be used to portray the portion’s narrowness.
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