How to Draw a Parasaurolophus
I first took notice to this particular dinosaur when the first Land Before Time cartoon movie came out. The characters name was œDucky and she was a spunky little reptile that other dinosaurs referred to as a swimmer. The Parasaurolophus walked sometimes as a biped, and other times as a quadruped. This dinosaur existed over 70 million years ago from the late Cretaceous period. They are also called hadrosaurids which is a family of dinosaurs that had odd skull adornments. This particular group of reptile has an actual elongated shaped head that goes from the front to the back of the skull. What does that mean you ask? It means, the way the Parasaurolophus head looks, is exactly how the skull is shaped. There are many theories to what purpose the shape of the head serves for this particular species. After extensive research, it has been determined that its shape helped them identify the sex and race of other dinosaurs, heightened sound ability to communicate, and to help maintain a constant internal body temperature so it wouldn't have to depend on the temperatures from the outside environment. The information that's been collected over the years tells us that this animal was about 30 to 31 feet long, weighed almost 3 tons, and had a 5 ft long skull. Archeologists think this reptile wandered around for food on all four limbs, but when it came time to run, they ran on just two. The name Parasaurolophus means œnear crested lizard, this dinosaur is a species that is easily identified by others. I personally think that they were cute and their appearance has a lot of character. This step by step tutorial gives you solid online instructions on how to draw the Parasaurolophus with ease. If you like dinosaurs like I do, I know you will have fun sketching this one.....
Lets start this step with some basic drawing of the guidelines. Draw one small circle for the head, another medium sized circle for the front part of the body, and another round circle for the end of the animal. As you can see there are four smaller circles that are used as limb guides, draw those in as well. After you complete doing all the guiding detail, sketch the dinosaurs curved neck and go half way down the back. Draw the rounded hind thigh and front limb before going to step 2.
Here you will finish the creation of the face by drawing a round looking snout. Sketch the rest of the elongated bone that is part of its head. Sketch more lining of the body and start to fill in the definition of the body. Draw pieces of meaty flesh sort of hanging or bulging from the skin. Just make the dinosaur look plump. Sketch the bottom of the hind foot and front hand.
What you will be doing in this step is sketch out the rest of the back and part of the tail. Prepare the hind leg that is set in the back ground by drawing an oblong shape that looks like its hiding behind the body. Do the same for the front arm in the back as well before you move to step 4.
Now, here you will start the detailing in the face of the dinosaur. Make sure you take your time with each and every step to end up with a quality sketch. Finish Drawing the tail by connecting the two lines together. Sketch the rest of the Parasaurolophus limbs in the back and in the front. Make sure you detail the limbs, and wrinkle up the line detail you put on the body. After you have done all this, move to step 5.
This step is all about detailing the body with more definition. The butt part of the animal needs to have wrinkled lines placed there as well. I say wrinkled because since this is not your regular lizard the size of the animal would make it have a lot of extra baggage, so when the baggage gets worn wrinkles form. Dinosaurs have the exact same skin as any reptiles that exist today would.
Here is your finished art work. This is after you've erased all the guidelines and sketch marks made by your pencil. Once your finished doing all that erasing you should end up with what you have here.
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