How to Draw a Crocodile
In this lesson, let's collaborate on drawing an alligator - the oldest and most dangerous animal on the planet. Drawing an alligator is actually quite easy - those huge predatory jaws with sharp teeth are a quick giveaway of what animal you're drawing. However, it is better to follow certain steps so as to depict a crocodile more realistically rather than cartoonish. The crocodile is a wild animal that is very dangerous, and in order to convey its character in the drawing, we must first draw its long snout with open jaws, with legs spread wide apart and a long horny tail. We'll make it look as if the crocodile is about to jump out from the drawing to attack its prey!
Start your drawing by sketching the torso and head. First draw a sloping line. On this line draw four circles. They will serve as the torso and crocodile's head.
Go over the sketch with a firmer hand to complete the shape of the crocodile's torso and head. Add two small circle for legs.
Now, after you outline the inside of its head an eye and erase the extra lines from the crocodile's torso, the crocodile picture is immediately revived. At this stage of the drawing you must also outline the feet and add a two ovals for the tail of the crocodile.
At this point, you might want to check all the proportions of the crocodile's body to correct any inaccuracies in your drawing. Now you just need to finish drawing the full length of the tail. It's easy to do: just draw a parallel line to the main intersection of two tapering lines. We should also draw the claws on its feet and add a few detail on its head.
Well, your alligator drawing is almost finished. You just need erase the extra lines from the crocodile's torso and add a few detail around the eye of the crocodile. As you can see, the crocodile is looking straight at us and therefore the outline of the eye should not be too long. A pupil must be placed in the center. Try to copy it exactly as shown on my drawing.
At this stage you just need to give it some color and maybe draw the appropriate landscape. A drawing of an exotic creature looks much more impressive when done in color. A crocodile is commonly pictured as green in color but you can use #2 pencil to shade it in. Just keep in mind that in nature a crocodile's skin is not the bright green hue that you see in cartoons. Your croc will look more realistic if you place it at the bank of a river near the shrubs. The crocodiles live in such places.