How to Draw a Realistic Alligator

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Drawing a realistic alligator is a great way to experiment with drawing objects as they exist in real life. Draw a realistic alligator with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Rosalie and I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw a realistic alligator. So, I'm going to start with the top of the alligator's body. And alligator has sort of a long body, this is the top of his head. And I'm just drawing his back, going back really far. And you can make the line shaky, because alligator has a rough, pebbled texture. So, you're just going to have to put that texture in later, so you don't have to make your lines perfectly smooth. So, here's his gaping jaws, which alligator's are known for, they have terrifying giant, powerful jaws. There's his nostril and his other nostril. And his eye is up at the top of his head, because he sticks up just the top of his head out of the water. To look for, you know to look around, to look for what to bite. And there's his teeth, he has like lots and lots of sharp teeth, that I just draw in with little triangles. And you can even put like, lines for them. And he's kind of wrinkly too, he's just a sort of, looks like a giant lizard. And his arms or his front legs are like this. And he has pointy sort of claws, then he has a rounded belly. And then, he has a set of hind legs and the end, in the same way, sort of claws like that. And his tail, I'm just going to have it curl in, back around, because, just to fit it in. Let's say, we're looking a little bit down on him. And then, he has rows of these bumps, all the way up his body and tail. Just rows of these bumps, that's his texture. And then, you can even make some right on the top line of his body. Like his tail's not in the air, it's resting on some ground that's behind him. I'll just put in some rocks and ground. Let's just say, he's on like a river bank. And he just has like, all kinds of texture all over him. You can draw some of his textures in, like that, like a cross hatching could work, it's like scales. And then, there's his nose, it's like kind of like that. And that's how I draw a realistic alligator.

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