How to Draw a Cartoon Iguana

Cartoon iguana drawing

Totally one of my all-time favorite animals, this cartoon iguana drawing lesson was really enjoyable to create. These lizards are so unique-looking… lots of little details – bumps, spikes, stripes, patterns – and also… they take on different looks according to age, male/female, and species.

Given the stretch in boundaries here – with respect to how you can make yours look – this is a really fun way to go about learning how to draw!

Let’s get to it…

How to Draw a Cartoon Iguana

A green iguana, takes on a fairly simple structure when viewed from its side like the one we’re drawing here. The shapes and lines below – help to bring out its form – as well as those features which make this lizard ‘look how it’s suppose to’

Framework for drawing a cartoon iguana

Below – I’ve gone ahead and sketched in some ideas for how you can go about bringing forth the little spikes along its back – as well as a few other things. Not the arrows – note how the belly of the lizard sort of hangs down from its spine.

Oh – and that big flap of skin hanging from its chin… this indicates that yes – its a male – and yes… it’s big!

Adding details to a cartoon iguana framework

In and around the head circle – begin to draw your cartoon iguana. No need to make yours exactly like mine – just look at how ‘random’ I go about it. It’s all about letting those lines sort of ‘flow’ – and do what they like as you carefully and gradually lay them down on the page in front of you…

Drawing the head of a cartoon iguana

More lines to suggest the eventual shape the lizard takes on – notice that hose parts which ultimately appear closest to the observer – are drawn in first…

Drawing the arms of a cartoon iguana

OK – looking lots more like an iguana now – we’re just about read to move ‘inward’ and bring forth the flap, the stomach, and the under-side of its tail...

Drawing the hands and tail of a cartoon iguana

And here we go – pretty simple when you’ve already sketched out key points in the drawing – those areas which help us visualize ‘what’s to come’. I like going about it this way as it helps to stimulate the imagination as you progress – while at the same time – maintaining form and structure – not getting too far away from the ‘ideal form’ of the animal…

Drawing the body of a cartoon iguana

Detail time!! This part’s super fun. Let go here – do your own thing… just look at all the crazy squiggly lines I throw down to ‘suggest’ that yes – this lizard has lots going on in terms of its scales/scratches/details – all over its body.

In a way – it’s like a short cut. Sure – add every little last detail if you like. But in ‘cartoon world’ – it’s neat that we can ‘get away’ with simplifications like in this lesson! 🙂

Black and white drawing of a cartoon iguana

Whoa! That’s not how an iguana looks? Is it!?!?! Meh – looks pretty good to me. A glance at a picture of a real iguana – and you can see… I’ve incorporated ideas from both a green one and an orange one – and on top of this… throwing in my own unique twist.

Do the same! 🙂

Drawing of a cartoon iguana

Pretty fun lesson – wasn’t it! For sure, and again – it was a blast to create. I hope you enjoyed creating your very own cartoon iguana.

Oh – and Ewa… hope you had fun with this lesson as I know in the last one – you were really hoping to cross a dragon with an iguana. 🙂

Til next time!