How to Draw an Iguanodon Dinosaur

Iguanodon dinosaur cartoon image

Iguanodon! Yes – it’s time for another dinosaur-focused cartoon drawing lesson. And this herbivore – takes on a form that’s similar to a T-Rex or Raptor – making it easier to draw as you can transfer what you’ve learned from the other lessons over to this one.

To the drawing board!…

How to Draw an Iguanodon

Going for a slight 3/4 tilt in the head area – here’s a simple way to go about bringing the structure of your dinosaur into view – in the beginning. Some advice… visualize the shapes as you draw. You can sketch them – or ‘think’ them.


A simple framework for drawing an iguanodon

Then, connect your shapes with those lines which help to place-hold the neck, tail and limbs – soon to be sculpted with your pencil into something a bit more iguanodon-like…

Developing a framework to draw an iguanodon dinosaur

OK – start with the eye then (windows to the soul)… and then – gradually bring the muzzle (beak?) of your dinosaur into view…

Sketching the eyes and snout of a cartoon iguanodon dinosaur

Some more lines, and the head and neck are well in place. Take your time… get creative… and remember – there’s no "ONE RIGHT WAY" to go about it. This is drawing! Have fun! 🙂

The fourth step in drawing an iguanodon

Moving on down the body, the spine/back/tail line can be drawn as a big arc. And this arc will change based on the positioning of your dinosaur’s tail. Start bringing the left arm into view also

Draw the back tail and arm of an iguanodon dinosaur

Mirror the other arm, but to show that it’s positioned differently – draw only one digit – it’s being viewed now directly from the side. The left leg can come forward now too like so…

Drawing the body and other arm of an iguanodon dinosaur

Fast forward to the details (get creative with this – besides… we don’t really know what dinosaur skin looked like anyway with respect to color and pattern)… finish of your dinosaur…

Cartoon dinosaur drawing of an iguanodon

The color!

Cartoon drawing of an iguanodon image

And that’s it – your dinosaur is now officially back from the future – in the form of a cool and unique cartoon drawing.

Have fun? I hope so… it’s tons of fun creating these lessons and I really aim to see you improve. Keep at it! 🙂