How to Draw a Spider
Drawing a spider is relatively easy. This insect has round body and eight legs. Some spider varieties have a more oval shaped body, but not the one pictured here. This one is called a tarantula. It is brightly colored with prevailing black tones and its body and legs are covered with fuzz. Its legs have several parts. The closer these parts of a spider's legs are to its body, the longer they tend to be. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to draw a spider in stages in # 2 pencil.
Draw the contours of a spider's head and body. Draw three circles of different diameters connected to one another. Draw a circle for the spider's body first. Then connect two smaller circles to it, one tiny one for the head and another one of similar size at the lower part of the spider's body, where serves as a spider webs reserve. We'll connect legs to the middle circle.
Correct placements of spider's legs. Draw initial contours of four pairs of legs on both sides of your spider's body. Draw the longer ones first, then a tad shorter ones, then two pairs of identical legs, and the ones coming out of the spider's head, which a spider uses to handle its prey.
Draw the contours of spider's legs. Spider's legs are thick and meaty compared to that of a mosquito, so make sure to convey that in your drawing. Therefore try drawing two parallel lines along each initial line and connect them with a circular motion at the bottom.
Divide the legs into parts. Spider's legs are usually divided into five parts except the hind legs that have four parts and the head legs that have three parts. Draw rough dividing lines, as you'll be able to correct the leg contours later. You can make the leg appear narrower at the dividing lines.
Use # 2 pencil to create tonality. Using brief light strokes of pencil depict the furry surface of your spider's trunk and legs. There is usually less fuzz on the belly and more fuzz at the base of each leg.
Add various shades to the body in order to create a lot of contrast. You can replicate the coloring of the spider pictured here or try to come up with your own. This is it. The spider is ready to jump off your sheet of paper! To add some finishing touches, you can draw him sitting in the middle of spider web moving towards a trapped fly.