How to Draw a Squirrel

How to Draw a Squirrel, step by step

Squirrel is a beautiful animal and most kids have fun drawing it. One can draw a squirrel by referring to a photo or simply observing a squirrel in the park. It would be best to draw a squirrel step-by-step using the following drawing lesson. Squirrel is a graceful animal and it may be hard to convey this trait on a drawing without any experience. Of course, if you draw a fluffy tail and distinctive ears with tufts, it will most likely be clear that it is a squirrel. However, if you want to draw a lifelike squirrel, use #2 pencil to draw a squirrel holding a cone in its paws sitting on the Tree branch and then color in your picture with colored pencils.

Step 1

How to Draw a Squirrel, step 1

The first step of a squirrel drawing is quite easy. You must draw an oval-shaped body and a round head. Pay special attention here to make sure the oval of the body is twice as long as the head and is tilted. The more precision you apply in your initial outlines, the more accurate your finished work will appear.

Step 2

How to Draw a Squirrel, step 2

At this stage you must draw your squirrel's paws. Marking their location with small circles will help you maintain general proportions and estimate the thickness of the paws. While the forepaws are relatively small, the hind paws are long like that of a cat or a rabbit. Did you outline this part correctly? If yes, let's continue drawing a squirrel.

Step 3

How to Draw a Squirrel, step 3

The next step might seem complex at first because of the amount of detail involved. However, if you look carefully, you'll realize it is not too hard to outline the squirrel's tail, ears, and its cute snout. As soon as you add the eye circle, your squirrel looks alive.

Step 4

How to Draw a Squirrel, step 4

Now erase some extra lines making sure you don't rub off the important ones in the process. Did you notice how quick and easy it was to draw a squirrel? Your drawing is almost ready - just add a few more details to the animal's eyes, nose, and add claws to its paws.

Step 5

How to Draw a Squirrel, step 5

At this stage you must make your squirrel's fur appear fluffy. To do that, apply thin and long strokes as shown in my example. You can use the same technique for the fur on the squirrel's body, except your strokes must be shorter. So your drawing is ready. Now you can color it in with pencils or paints.

Step 6

How to Draw a Squirrel, step 6

A squirrel's fur can be a variation of red or grey. It helps to refer to a real photo in order to convey the coloring more accurately. You can shade in your drawing of squirrel using crayons like in my example. If you decide to paint your drawing with watercolors, it would be best if you had some prior experience using them. Also, remember to draw a cone in your squirrel's forepaws and a tree branch under its feet. You might also want to add a landscape (not too bright because your squirrel must be the focus of your drawing.)

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