How to Draw a Squirrel Step-by-Step

This article will walk you through how to draw a squirrel using basic shapes. This technique can be used to draw just about any animal from mammals to fish---all that's needed is an eye for shapes, a pencil and paper. If you are happy with your work, go over your pencil marks in colored pencil or ink for a stunning effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil

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Step 1

Draw a large circle for the body and attach a smaller circle for the head. Squirrels come in all shapes and sizes, so don't fret about the size or relative proportions of your shapes. Draw a small circle for the nose and an ellipsis for the back legs.

Step 2

Add a triangle for an ear and a tiny circle for the squirrel's eye. The front leg is a half-banana shape and the back leg a half sausage. Add a small ellipsis for the front paws and mark where the fingers will be.

Step 3

Mark the nostril with a semicircle and rough draw in the tail using directional strokes as shown. Tails on squirrels can be long or short, thick or thin.

Step 4

Add some hair to the ear and slope the shoulders. Smooth over the back (between the circle and ellipsis) so that your squirrel doesn't have a dip in his spine.

Step 5

Smooth over the nose (between the head and nose circles). Shade the eye in black, leaving a sliver of white and make a bottom jaw. Add a second back thigh behind the first. Erase unnecessary lines.

Step 6

Add hair to the tail by scribbling in short strokes. Add hair to the neck. Add claws and make the fingers angled. Add a few whiskers and an ear center.


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