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Drawing T-Rex with Copic Markers – ode to Jurassic World!


True confession time. I’m a #jurassicparknerd. I won’t say much more than that….you know where I’ll be today. Watch my video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.


  • It’s drawn on Neenah Cardstock – yes, it comes in 11×17 sheets! I bought a ream at Kelly Paper a while back, but it’s not on their site.
  • My T-Rex sketch was created based on a ton of Googling for other artists’ interpretations of what a T-Rex might have looked like. Some are green, some are brown. I am NOT a dino nerd, and haven’t got a clue about dino anatomy or plants from the Jurassic period – so please don’t go telling me this sketch isn’t right. LOL.
  • I had no idea what the scene was going to be, beyond the mama and baby dino. You could watch the sketching in light colors as I worked out what the lighting was going to be – I didn’t even know what time of day it would be.
  • Drawing was sketched in a plain old #2 pencil, then erased with THIS to get some of the pencil off the paper so the Copic Markers wouldn’t drag the color. They still did pick up some with that really light yellow-green.
  • This took almost 11 hours in real time. Stopped to refill markers a couple times, especially while doing that background.
  • How many times have I watched all the Jurassic Park movies? I’ll never tell.

See you at the movies! If you haven’t seen their website, by the way, it’s pretty dang amazing.

30 thoughts on “Drawing T-Rex with Copic Markers – ode to Jurassic World!

  1. How amazing I loooooove it!!! I am your newest fan from Guatemala!!!!

  2. Yike! You are so, so talented! How I wish I was able to do this. My 8 year old is a HUGE dinosaur fan (So ofcourse we have been watching and re-watching ALL the Jurassic park movies 😉 ) He is also into art, and has been trying to draw them. I have been trying to teach him to add texture and about highlights and shadows. This was awesome to show him, what a difference it makes. If you do take requests 😉 I would love to see you do a smaller one so you can talk us through what you are doing etc… I know you have lots on your plate, but I had to ask. I don’t suppose you have a list of colors you used? I have quite a collection, but I’m sure I will need to add more 😉

    1. That one was a rather crazy drawing…one thing I love about Magical Mondays is that I don’t always make myself write everything down! 🙂 Maybe I’ll do one again sometime, who knows 🙂

      1. I’m sure it was. Thanks for the reply. I’m really enjoying watching your videos. 🙂

  3. OMG woman! Dyno-mite!

  4. The t rex is magnificent. Can’t believe it took you only 11 hours. You are so talented.

  5. Just amazing. I could probably watch you color all day.

  6. You never cease to amaze me! I wish I had just a small amount of your talent. You are also incredibly entertaining!

  7. This just took my breath away and I am not even a Jurrassic Park or dino fan. Watching you bring T-rex to “life” absolutely fascinates me. How you create such a beautiful, detailed work of art from that plain white paper is an awesome, God given talent!
    ps – please don’t ban me from your blog with my confession that I am not a JP fan 🙂

    1. It’s ok….there aren’t that many JP fans 🙂

  8. This is just fascinating to watch – though I’d love it to be slower!. I’m very new to this whole crafting world, and I’m discovering that while I kind of like cardmaking or paper crafting, what I really love is the “art” aspect – coloring technique, watercolor, trying to sketch my own drawings to color with Copics or watercolor. I have no background or training whatsoever though. What classes would I take to begin to learn how to do this – the sketching of course, but also the ability to know where to shade and how to choose the right colors, and also technique – does your marker technique, the strokes and things, which I watch with great interest and admiration in all your videos and try to emulate with very limited success (though I’ve followed quite a few of the videos and learned so much), derive from some other medium?

    I like stamps well enough, but this is the kind of thing I want to devote my time to learning, even if I never get very good! (I am also signed up for three of your classes in VA in July and am looking forward to those…)

  9. Holy buckets woman! You are so talented!

  10. Your work continues to amaze me! I am glad I subscribed to your channel. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  11. That is fantastic. You are great, I love watching you.

  12. Dino-rific! Sandy. Just stay out of the tall grass, please 😉 Have watched all the previous Jurassic movies. Will be going to see Jurassic World tomorrow. Enjoyed watching your video.

  13. I really want to pet that T Rex. Which would be a bad idea, I know. But he looks so cute!!

  14. OMG…your work is incredible….what talent….and thank you for sharing!

  15. You never cease to amaze me with your talent. Your rendition of what you conjure up and how you complete it is spellbinding. Words escape me. Again amazing and astounding seem inadequate. TFS And by the way, I love Jurassic Park the movie. I wish I had become a paleontologist but settled on nursing…got to study bones.

  16. Wonderful.

  17. So fun to watch. What greens did you use?

    1. Probably all of them.

  18. What a gift… so grateful for all you do. This was beyond inspiring!

  19. While it’s unlikely I’d be seeing the movie, I do actually have a T-rex costume I made for myself several years ago. My costume isn’t as good as your drawing though!

  20. Wow, 11 hours all worth it. You have an incredible talent. God bless and thank you for sharing…..when I grow up, I want to be just like you :)!

  21. Amazing!!! It looks 3D. You are so talented.

  22. You are such an amazing artist!

  23. Love it!

  24. Wow!!! I just can’t find attributes to descripe what I thought!!! Gorgous!!!

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