Iguana Drawing Made Simple



If you are interested in iguana artwork, there are many places to look. Iguana drawings are fun and colorful and will attract a lot of attention. The iguana is one of the more popular pets today. Interest in them has created a large following of people wanting to learn more about them.

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For those who have never heard of this animal, an iguana is a reptile with scales that resemble that of snakes. There are around thirty different species of iguana that exist in different tropical areas of the Americas and other tropical areas of the world. Iguanas generally live on land, but they also live underground, burrow in the ground, climb trees, swim in the water, and even eat poisonous insects. The biggest may reach over fifteen feet in length and weight nearly fifteen pounds. They can live for up to twenty years in the wild without being fed.

One of the most important things when learning how to draw an iguana is to know how to properly do the shading and body coloring. The coloring and shading can be done on the whole body or on just part of it, depending on what is easiest to do. I started out doing the shading on just part of the back leg. It was easiest to do the shading on the front leg. I first began by using a two-tone shaded color on the inside of the leg and blended the color out to the outer area. After I got the body done I used similar tones and blended them out to the entire back leg.

The next step in my iguana drawing was to create an oval. This oval should be about half an inch in diameter and as long as you can make it fairly straight. Next I traced small circles on the inside of the oval using my two-tone colored pencil.

The next part of my iguana drawing was to add the wrinkles to the spines and the lower jaw. I used the same technique as I did for the lower jaw. Using a finer and softer point on my pencil, I carefully traced the wrinkles on the spines and then blended them out to the rest of the model. I found that it was easiest to draw the wrinkles after they had dried. After I completed all the wrinkles on the spines and lower jaw, I added a short, wide vertical line to the tip of the tail.

Next I created a few more areas on my piece of paper to use as the basis for the other body parts. I drew a small thin, straight line to mark the head’s position. I then traced a line down each side of this line, using the same two-tone colored pencils and I used a pencil to mark the anal fin. The anal fin is the most important part of an iguana drawing because it serves as its face.

For the last part of my iguana drawing, I used two fingers to create the ears. I traced an oval on the paper to mark its top. Then using a pencil, I made a very thin, fine line along the bottom of the ear and added some wrinkles to it. I used some very light highlights around the ear to really enhance the details of the drawing.

After I finished this step of my drawing, I decided that I was ready to create the head. Again, with my two fingers I formed an oval that was the same size as the body. I then traced a straight line down the middle of the oval and added some wrinkles to the top of the head. I used some more of the same light highlights along the jaw area and down the neck to really get the facial expression of the iguana. Then, I added some black feathers to my iguana’s beak and painted the whole thing a nice brownish gray color.