In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Dimetrodon step-by-step. Did you know Dimetrodons aren't dinosaurs? They belong to a group called synapsids that are more closely related to mammals. Dimetrodons became extinct 40 million years before the first appearance of dinosaurs!
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
To draw a Dimetrodon 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.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle at the bottom of the page as a guide for the front part of the dimetrodon's body. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, trace the outer rim of a bottle cap, a coin or any other object with a circular edge. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: To the right, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the back portion of the body. Leave a big space between the circles to make the body long. Leave room at the top for the dimetrodon's sail too.
Step 3: Directly to the left of the first circle, draw another small circle as a guide for the dimetrodon's head. This circle should be about one- fourth the size of the first circle.
Step 4: To the left of the head, draw a big arc as a guide for the upper jaw. Below that, draw a smaller, thinner arc as a guide for the dimetrodon's lower jaw.
Step 5: Draw two curved lines that connect the circles on the left to create the guide for the neck. Connect the other two circles using curved lines as well to finish the guide for the body. On the lower, right side, draw a long, curved line for the first part of the tail. Above that, draw another curved line that joins the first line on the right to complete the guide for the dimetrodon's tail.