Skill Level: Any (Step 4 may be simplified for lower grade levels) Tools: Paper & Pencil Skill Set: Drawing; Interdisciplinary Connections Four steps to draw one of the most recognizable dinosaurs in history.
Step 1: Basic Shape Framework
Line drawing of the basic shapes: how to draw a triceratops (dinosaur) by Nate Lindley.
Tip: Work loosely and lightly - most of these lines will be erased.
Step 2: Improving the Basic Shapes
Line drawing of the form: how to draw a triceratops (dinosaur) by Nate Lindley.
Tip: wait to darken the lines until you are certain the objects are correctly placed and sized.
Step 3: Forming Complex Shapes
Line drawing of the complex shapes: how to draw a triceratops (dinosaur) by Nate Lindley.
Tip: Do not worry about getting every smudge off the piece, however. Sometimes those smudges leave a faint detail that can help inspire you when finishing the piece.
Step 4: Skill-Level Finishing
Fully rendered artwork: how to draw a triceratops (dinosaur) by Nate Lindley.
Tip: Be sure to vary the line intensity throughout your artwork. If every line looks exactly the same, the piece will be flat. Mix bold and thin lines; the piece will become visually interesting.