How to Draw an American Crocodile

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Crocodiles that live in America tend to have a few differences when compared to crocodiles from other countries. Draw an American crocodile with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw an American crocodile. So we're going to start with the basic line from the head to tail or tail to head actually. So we're going to do a big swoop like that and then it's the whole body in one big gestural line. It always makes it easier especially for these sort of reptiles to start with the first line because it's so slender. We're going to start with the head which is a circle kind of like a triangle, a long long snout and they don't really have much of a neck so we can actually make them kind of like fat, the body kind of comes around like so, really large and fat. And then, the tail makes it kind of skinny. I'm going to give this a little bit more of a 3D look so we can see it from a few different angles. That's the basic shape of our crocodile. We need a couple legs on each side so they're going to be really squiggly lines that come out into claws and the back leg is about the same. So we're kind of looking down on our crocodile here so we see the whole thing. This leg we don't really see so much of so that can be just a little bit of a semicircle and this one is an even smaller one so it's kind of like seeing the shoulders of your crocodile. And give him two nostrils which are semicircles, an almond shape for the eye which I'll color completely in, get rid of some of these working lines. You can keep this one because that's kind of the center of the back and to give him detail just some little pointy and curvy shapes kind of like half Cs or little almost triangles and up the back you're going to see a little bit more of the tail so they're like triangles at the top of his tail. Shade underneath his belly and then last but not least we need to give this guy some teeth so let's give him a big semicircle shape for the top of his jaw and some triangles. I always like to make my crocodile's teeth a little bit bigger because it makes him more scary. And there we go. My name is Daisy and that's how you draw an American crocodile.

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