chameleon drawing

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Chameleon in 9 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Chameleon.

Before we start the How To Draw a Chameleon lesson, here are some interesting facts about the Chameleon you might find interesting.

  • Chameleons are small to medium-sized lizards found in tropical areas of Africa, southern Europe, Madagascar and Asia known for their ability to change colors.
  • They have prehensile tails they use for balance and grasping, as well as zygodactyl feet with two toes pointing forward and two backward.
  • Chameleons have independently movable eyes that can focus in different directions at once to see potential threats or prey from all angles.
  • Their skin contains special pigment-containing cells and structures allowing them to rapidly blend in with their surroundings.
  • Color changes in chameleons are triggered by temperature, stress levels, and territorial displays and can happen within seconds.
  • These lizards have long, projectile tongues they use to catch insects and other small invertebrates.
  • Male chameleons establish hierarchical social structures and engage in colorful battles for territory and access to females.
  • Many species have elaborate crests, horns or casques on their bodies for visual signaling during disputes and courtship rituals.
  • Chameleons are ambush predators that remain still for long periods to blend in before striking at prey within range.
  • Their ability to camouflage makes chameleons well-adapted survivors that have inhabited diverse ecosystems worldwide for millions of years.

Before we get into it, here’s a BONUS video of Our How To Draw a Chameleon easy drawing lesson

You can follow along with the video or use the simple drawing steps below the video as a guide!

How To Draw a Chameleon – Fun and Easy Step by Step Drawing Tutorial

Here are the Step by Step instructions on how to sketch a Chameleon in 9 steps.

Step 1: Begin by sketching the top of the head.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 2: Draw the first elbow section.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 3: Begin to sketch the main body section.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 4: Draw some more leg and arm details.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 5: Draw the outline of the tail and lower jaw.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 6: Draw the feet and hands.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 7: Draw the outline of the eye and add a branch in the background.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 8: Draw some eye, body and tail details.

how to draw a chameleon

Step 9: The final step is to add more body detailing

how to draw a chameleon

Well done! With the How To Draw a Chameleon drawing lesson complete, now you can color or shade in your chameleon drawing using the picture below as a reference. Aren’t they beautiful!!

how to draw a chameleon

Congratulations!

You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Chameleon!  Your first try may not have gone as perfectly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a chameleon is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another reptile to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a CROCODILE?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Croc

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