How to Draw a Chinese Water Dragon Lizard Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Lizard (Chinese Water Dragon) step-by-step.

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To draw this Lizard 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.

Below you can watch a NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are WRITTEN out within the video:

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

Draw Lizard 1

Step 1: Draw a long, slanted oval as a guide for the lizard's body. It doesn't need to be perfect. It's just a guide.

Draw Lizard 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller, slanted oval above and to the right of the first as a guide for the lizard's head.

Draw Lizard 3

Step 3: Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines. These are guides that will help in placing the lizard's facial features later on.

Draw Lizard 4

Step 4: Draw two curved lines that connect the lizard's head to the body and form the neck.



Draw Lizard 5

Step 5: Draw three short, angled lines underneath the lizard's body as guides for the legs and feet.

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