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How to Draw a Cartoon T-Rex

Krystal enjoys drawing in her free time. She also loves to give easy tutorials on cute drawings.

Awww! Isn't he cute?

Awww! Isn't he cute?

T-Rex Drawing Tutorial

Dinosaurs, though extinct, are among the most popular animals on earth. We've seen them in museums, at the movies, in books, and in the toy aisles of our favorite stores. They are fascinatingly mysterious beasts that never fail to capture the imagination. However, only a few dinosaurs have attained the high level of popularity that the T-Rex has. He is the king of all dinos—an enormous lizard, a powerful carnivore, and also the subject of this particular drawing guide.

Yep, in this tutorial, you will be learning to draw T-Rex! Only, a much more friendly and cartoony version of T-Rex. (Thank goodness.)

This dinosaur drawing will probably be a little more difficult than the cat and dog drawings. Regardless, the steps are still basically the same. Just follow them, and you will do fine.

Okay, time to get this going!

Start by drawing a circle for the head.

Start by drawing a circle for the head.

1. Head

Draw a circle for the head.

On the left side of the circle, draw a rectangle for the snout.

On the left side of the circle, draw a rectangle for the snout.

2. Snout

Since our dino is going to be drawn in profile, we will need to sketch the snout by drawing a rectangle on the left side of the circle.

Draw ridges above the eyes.

Draw ridges above the eyes.

3. Eye Ridges

We will now draw the ridges that are just above the eyes. You see them in most depictions of dinosaurs. They are kind of like eyebrows. The only difference is that they are made of flesh instead of hair.

Body (example 1)

Body (example 1)

Body (example 2)

Body (example 2)

4. Body

There are two ways in which you can draw the dinosaur's body. You can draw two slightly overlapping circles for the upper and lower body (example 2), or you can just draw one large potato-like shape for both halves of the body (example 1). Personally, I think it would be easier if you just drew the potato. The guide will continue on using this shape.

Draw a small rectangle on the side of the body for the arm.

Draw a small rectangle on the side of the body for the arm.

5. Arm

As you already know, Rex's arms are tiny (they can't do push-ups or give high fives). Therefore, you need a tiny shape. Yes, a single shape. Draw a small rectangle on the body. There's no need to draw the arm on the opposite side of the body. You can't see it anyway. The only thing visible on that side is the hand.

Then for the hands, draw two small circles.

Then for the hands, draw two small circles.

6. Hands

Draw two small circles for the hands.

On each hand, draw two smaller ovals for the fingers.

On each hand, draw two smaller ovals for the fingers.

7. Fingers

Draw two small ovals on each hand. These ovals are the fingers.

Onto thighs: on the lower portion of the body, draw a large oval.

Onto thighs: on the lower portion of the body, draw a large oval.

8. Thigh

It's time to move on to the legs. Begin with the thigh by drawing a large oval on the lower portion of the body. Keep the knee of the thigh somewhat flat. See the example above.

Underneath the knee of the thigh, draw a rectangle for the calf.

Underneath the knee of the thigh, draw a rectangle for the calf.

9. Calf

Now comes the calf. Draw a rectangular shape right underneath the knee of the thigh.

Draw a heel/ankle to prepare for drawing the foot.

Draw a heel/ankle to prepare for drawing the foot.

10. Heel/Ankle

Before you get to the foot, you need to draw the ankle/heel portion of the foot. The foot will be attached to this.

Below the heel, draw a small vertical rectangle.

Below the heel, draw a small vertical rectangle.

11. Foot

Cats, dogs, and most of the other four-legged animals (except maybe those with hooves) stand on their toes instead of their feet. From what we've learned through scientific research, this also seems to be true of some dinosaurs, including our T-Rex. This means the bottom of the foot and the heel will be elevated off the ground.

Starting from just below the heel/ankle, draw a small, vertical square. This is the bottom portion of the foot. On the bottom line of this square, draw a wider horizontal square. This makes up part of the toe section of the foot.

Onto the opposite leg; repeat the steps for the first leg.

Onto the opposite leg; repeat the steps for the first leg.

12. Opposite Leg

Before we finish up the toes, we need to draw the leg on the opposite side of the body. Do this according to what you see in the example. It is almost exactly the same as the steps you just followed for the first leg, save the thigh section.

On each foot, draw two oval shapes.

On each foot, draw two oval shapes.

13. Toes

Now that both legs are in place, it's time to finish up the toes you began in step 11. Do this by drawing overlapping oval shapes on each foot. Draw two for the leg in the back (the third toe is hidden) and three for the leg in front.

Onto the tail: draw a long curved triangle!

Onto the tail: draw a long curved triangle!

14. Tail

This step is fairly simple. On the butt-end of the body, draw a long curved triangle for the tail. Be sure to line up the lines of the tail with the lines of the body. These will flow into one another when we clean up the sketch.

Attach the head to the body.

Attach the head to the body.

15. Attach Head and Body

It's time to bring the head and body together! This is also a very easy step. All you need to do is draw one line on each side of the head, having them end to meet the top edges of the body.

You should now have a semi-completed sketch made up of shapes.

Go over the shapes.

Go over the shapes.

16. Go Over Shapes

Go over your shapes, giving your T-Rex form. You may also draw in the features such as the nostrils, eye, and mouth.

Go over your shapes, giving your dinosaur form. Add the features (you may do this before or after cleaning up your sketch lines).

Go over your shapes, giving your dinosaur form. Add the features (you may do this before or after cleaning up your sketch lines).

17. Clean Up

Clean up your sketch lines and shapes, and your drawing will be complete! Good job bringing this Rex back from the past! See the second picture below for the completed pencil sketch.

Completed sketch

Completed sketch

Completed pencil sketch

Completed pencil sketch

Photoshop Options

Those with a little more experience may choose to pretty up their drawing in an image editing program such as Photoshop.

Photoshop edited image

Photoshop edited image

Roar!

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Comments

Ebiere on June 09, 2020:

what a

beautiful work. I hope I will be a great artist like you

kenneth on October 20, 2019:

you are loveable Shawte

gggg407ggggg on June 11, 2016:

Gizmo :)

Shawnte on April 12, 2014:

Very nice and super cute T-Rex! :D