Blog Contest: Draw a Dinosaur!

Leonardo da Vinci said: “I don’t understand a thing ‘till I draw it.” When you draw, your finger tips teach your brain what’s important.”

Dr. Bakker paraphrased Leonardo da Vinci in his recent post, Draw Dinos Right, to explain why great  paleontologists tend to be great artists, too. Now that the world premiere of Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation is open at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you can test this hypothesis on another Leonardo – the mummified dinosaur that was found in Malta, MT, with skin and internal organs preserved. And when you do, you can enter to win great paleo prizes – like a signed dinosaur drawing by Dr. Robert T. Bakker himself – as well as a $200 gift certificate to Texas Art Supply, for all your future dino-drawing needs.

The contest is simple: pick a dinosaur and draw it for us. In this video, Dr. Bakker takes you through drawing a T. rex – but your entry can be any dinosaur you like. On Nov. 1, Dr. Bakker will choose one winner for each of two categories – one for scientific accuracy, and another for artistic effect.

So, head on over to the drawing board – you’ve got until Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. to enter.

Entries must be no larger than 11 x 17 inches and they can be turned in to the Museum Services desk at the Museum or scanned and submitted online to Make sure to include your name, phone number and e-mail address with your entry – otherwise, we’ll have no way to contact you if you’ve won. Two identical prizes will be awarded – one to recognize the most scientifically accurate dinosaur drawing and the other to honor the best artisitc effect. Click here for contest rules.

UPDATE: Our winners have been posted! Along with a slideshow of all of the fabulous entries – a huge thank you to all the very talented kids who entered.

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4 thoughts on “Blog Contest: Draw a Dinosaur!

  1. This sucks- my little sister’s dinosaur picture was really good and it didn’t get posted! Some of the pictures in the slideshow weren’t even dinosaurs, wassup with that???!!!???

  2. Hi Michael,

    We got a ton of entries that were all fabulous – it was really hard for Dr. Bakker to choose. I am very sorry that your sister’s was inadvertently left out of the slideshow. If you send an e-mail to with your sister’s name, I will make sure it’s included.

    Also, the slideshow is designed to showcase all the talented individuals (like your sister) who entered. Many of them chose to draw other kinds of prehistoric dinosaurs – which we think is really cool. As you say, it was a “Draw A Dino” contest – and as you’ll note, both of the winners did draw dinosaurs.

    Thanks for your comment, and for reading the blog!

  3. Hi, My name is Robin and I have a 6 year old son (Zac) who has loved Dino’s from the time he was 2. He has leaner to draw them quite well and between his love for Dino’s and Art I would like to get him started in what could be a great future for him.
    I am trying to register him in as many current contest as we can. I see this one is for last year, are you going to be doing another one this year and if so could you let me know the dates, and/ or email an entry form.

    Thank you
    Robin Stoner

  4. Hi Robin!

    It’s wonderful that your son has talent for drawing – and such a strong interest in dinosaurs. It makes a great combination. 🙂

    I am sure we will have contests in the future that feature science and art together – but nothing is in the works right now. Check back here – we’ll definitely post news of it on the blog when it happens.

    Thanks for reading!

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