20 Lizard Drawing References for Artists

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If you’re looking for drawing ideas for lizards, this collection features sketches and illustrations of various lizard species.

When it comes to reptiles, lizards are some of the most popular creatures. Their often vibrant colors and interesting habits make them fascinating creatures to learn about and observe.

From the common lizards to exotic lizards, there’s sure to be something here that will inspire you. So get your sketchbook out and start drawing.

1. Ocellated Lizard

Ocellated Lizard Drawing
iStock/Hein Nouwens

The ocellated lizard is a lizard native to parts of southwestern Europe. It is a small to medium-sized lizard, with adults reaching up to 2 feet in total length.

2. Iguana Drawing

Iguana Drawing
Credit: bobbyrebholz

Here’s a mostly complete drawing of a beautiful Iguana. I think that it’s always nice to see an artist’s work in progress.

3. Crested Geckos

Crested Geckos
Credit: canvasnpaper.nz

The artist behind this piece states that “these crested geckos come in many different color patterns: brindle, dalmatian, tiger, harlequin, flame, bicolor, pinstripe, and patternless.”

4. Colorful Iguana

Colorful Iguana
Credit: courtney_art!

This drawing of an iguana is both realistic and colorful. The artist has used a variety of hues to bring out the reptile’s scales, and the green and red tones create a striking contrast.

5. Chameleon Drawing

Chameleon Drawing
iStock/Andrii-Oliinyk

This chameleon drawing is stunning. The chameleon’s skin is very detailed, and the artist has done an excellent job capturing the creature’s unique features.

6. Gecko Drawing

Gecko Drawing
iStock/Andrii-Oliinyk

This drawing of a gecko is incredibly lifelike, thanks to the artist’s careful attention to detail. The reptile is shown in profile, with its long tail and slender body visible.

7. Iguana Pen Drawing

Iguana Pen Drawing
Credit: emilydabron

This iguana drawing is a complex work of art. Every scale on the Iguana’s body is visible, and the shading gives the creature a lifelike appearance.

8. Black and White Reptile Drawing

Black and White Reptile Drawing
iStock/MarinaVorontsova

When you look at this Iguana drawing, you can see the many details and textures that make up this stunning creature.

9. Realistic Orange Iguana

Realistic orange Iguana
Credit: biophilicart

This orange Iguana is a realistic drawing that was done using colored pencils. Overall, this is a highly detailed and realistic drawing that captures the essence of this beautiful creature.

10. Gecko from Above

Gecko from Above
iStock/Tigerstrawberry

From above, the gecko’s intricate patterns are even more stunning. As you can see, some cross-hatching was done to add detail to the gecko’s skin.

 11. Komodo Dragon Drawing

 Komodo Dragon Drawing
iStock/Jolygon

The Komodo dragon is a giant lizard found on the Indonesian island of Komodo. It is the largest living species of lizard, growing up to 10 feet in length and weighing up to 366 pounds.

12. Chameleon Head Drawing

Chameleon Head Close Up
iStock/Maksim-Manekin

This chameleon head close-up drawing is an excellent example of the detail and precision required to create a realistic portrait of this unique reptile.

13. Fun Lizard Drawing

Fun Lizard Drawing
Credit: jshreeravi

If you’re looking for an easy and fun lizard drawing, let this piece inspire you. Colored pencils were used to create this cute orange and green lizard.

14. Realistic Lizard Drawing

Realistic Lizard Drawing
Credit: art_wiku_

I have always been fascinated by lizards and how they looked. Lizard drawings are some of my favorite things to create. There’s something about their shapes and interesting textures that makes them fun to draw.

15. Chameleon Outline Drawing

Chameleon Outline Drawing
iStock/Setory

A chameleon is a reptile that can change its skin color. Chameleons are found in warm climates such as Africa, Madagascar, southern Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The name “chameleon” comes from the Greek word “chamai,” meaning “ground,” and “leon,” meaning “lion.”

16. Two Collared Lizards

Credit: jordanbertok.art

Artist Jordan Bertok did this beautiful drawing using oil pastels. She creates art available for purchase on her website Jordan Bertok Art.

17. Cross-Hatching Lizard Drawing

Cross Hatching Lizard Drawing
Credit: artistandysaputo

Artists often use cross-hatching to create the illusion of depth or volume on a two-dimensional surface. To create a cross-hatch, the artist will first draw a set of parallel lines in one direction. Then, they will draw another set of parallel lines perpendicular to the first set.

18. Lizard Made with Circles

Lizard Made with Circles
Credit: aliceladkinart

Looking closely, you can see that this lizard was made using a collection of colorful circles. If you’re looking for a fun challenge, try this technique.

19. Armadillo Girdled Lizard

Armadillo Girdled Lizard
Credit: anyz_illustration

The armadillo girdled lizard is a small lizard native to South Africa. It gets its name from the armored plates covering its body, resembling an armadillo’s shell.

20. Realistic Green Iguana

Realistic Green Iguana
Credit: geertjehooiveld

I love how this green Iguana looks so realistic like it could jump right out of the picture. I also like the use of color in this drawing, with the bright green making the Iguana stand out.

Mastering the art of drawing lizards can seem daunting, but with enough practice and observation, even beginner artists can draw these magnificent creatures.

By studying lizard anatomy and referencing photos, you can develop the skills to recreate these fantastic reptiles on paper.

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