Cartoon Iguana Drawing Lesson

***tier-3-top.shtml*** Cartoon Iguana

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'...

Cartoon Iguana  First Step

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!

Cartoon Iguana  First Step

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...

Cartoon Iguana  Second Step

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...

Cartoon Iguana  Second Step

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...

Cartoon Iguana  Second Step

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...

Cartoon Iguana  Second Step

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! :-)

Cartoon Iguana  Second Step

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! :-)

Cartoon Iguana  Second Step

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!


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