Drawing T-Rex Playing American Football 

 September 17, 2020

By  Jeffrey Knightson

Are you ready for some football?

Here is a recent drawing that was done as part of a project for a children's book. I needed to create a group of young, anthropomorphic dinosaurs with various interests. Here is the athletic T-Rex of the group.

Initial Sketch of T-Rex

Initial sketch of T-Rex playing American Football

Although I liked general idea and the head, I wasn't really happy with the rotation of the hips or the length of the body. Also, it seemed to be lacking some energy. So I tried another sketch taking those factors into account.

Second Sketch

Second sketch of T-Rex playing American football

Here I focused on the parts of the sketch that I was most interested in changing, so I only roughed in the head and rear leg. I rotated the drawing to give it more energy as well. The head is still be a bit large... but I might leave it since he's supposed to be pretty young, and T-Rex's do have huge heads!

Ink Outline

Initial inking of T-Rex playing American football

Here I started to ink the outline of my T-Rex along with a few spotted blacks. Since this piece was done digitally, it's simulated ink of course. I tried to emulate the line thickness created by a brush such as the Windsor-Newton series that is often favored by comic illustrators. I enjoy drawing in pencil more, so my inking skills are nothing to write home about. It's something I hope to improve. Since this is a personal project, it is giving me a chance to try my hand at all stages of production.

Before coloring in the picture, I decided to give it more of a comic book feel by inking in some additional texture and shading.

Texture inking of T-Rex

Texture inking of T-Rex playing American football

I tried not to overdo it and left large areas of the head and tail open for color. I also wanted to keep the image as simple as possible. The next step was to try my hand at coloring, another skill which I have only moderate experience.

Colored Drawing

Colored drawing of T-Rex playing American football

I'm not sure why I went with red, other than my son's favorite T-Rex toy is that color. The various characters in the story will all be different colors, so I decided to start with red for my athletic T-Rex. I kept the image very simple and only used flat colors with some shadows.

To make the image pop off the page a bit I decided put in a ring outline with the closer elements of the image breaking out.

Final Image of T-Rex Playing Football

T-Rex playing American football

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process I went through in creating this drawing.

This image is available on T-Shirts and other items on my RedBubble shop. If you like the image and would like to support this project, please check it out.

T-Rex playing American football - Redbubble classic T-shirt


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