You can find a lot of "draw something step by step" tutorials on the Internet, but this one will be a bit different. I'll show you a couple of great techniques you can use later in your own drawings. For example, I'll show you how to have clean lines without an eraser!
In this tutorial, you'll need only:
- two sheets of paper (it can be cheap copy paper, I use it myself)
- a pencil (if you want dark lines, use a softer pencil, for example 2B or lower)
- a ball-point pen or a marker
There are a lot of steps in this tutorial, but don't worry—each of them is
very small! Don't treat is as work to do. Nobody will
give you a bad grade if you make a mistake! Drawing is supposed to be fun, so just enjoy it like any other type of play. Whatever you draw, it will be your drawing, and you can be proud of it, no matter what!
1. Build the Body
Draw an oval in the lower half of the sheet. It doesn't need to be perfect. For now we're just drawing the base, and nobody will see it in the end.
Hint: don't try to draw it all at once. Use short, soft lines, with some distance between them. When the whole thing starts to look like an oval, join the lines up.
Draw a line under the oval. Again, it doesn't need to be super straight. Don't use a ruler. If it looks shaky, don't worry—draw over it again.
Hint: hover your hand above the paper, pretending to draw the line a few times. Make sure you know where to keep your hand. Then press the pencil and draw the line for real.
Press the pencil a bit harder to draw two more lines over the line you just drew.
Draw two half-circles over the short lines. Make them look like two little domes.
Find the middle of the paws and mark them with two dots.
Hint: to draw one dot right above another, move your hand up stiffly. Test it a few times before adding the mark.
Draw two lines crossing those dots. Again, no need to be perfect!
Turn the paper upside-down. Some shapes are easier to draw this way! Draw two drops as shown below. It's not an easy shape, so first draw it with short, light lines:
Then join these lines to finish the shape:
To finish the lower body, add one back paw:
2. Add the Head
Before we add the head, we need to find the right place for it. First, let's mark the distance between the paws:
Now find the center of this line, and draw another line through it. It doesn't need to be a strongly drawn line.
Turn the paper upside down one more time. The head will be heart-shaped. If you know how to draw a heart, go on! If not, here's a tip. Start with two circles "kissing" each other:
Then go down the center line:
Turn the paper back and add the chin.
3. Add the Face
The snout of cute animals can be easily made of three things: the chin we've already drawn, and two ovals. You can play with their shape to get some funny effects.
A nose can be made of a simple oval.
To give our cute fox some more character, let's draw the rest of the snout.
Find the middle of the snout, and draw a horizontal line through it.
It can be quite hard to put both eyes in the right place. My favorite trick is to use a "mouth triangle". Draw a line between the "eye line" and the mouth to create it.
Now draw the eyes in the triangle. Don't worry if one of them turns out bigger—we'll fix it later!
4. Add the Details
Triangles make good guide lines for symmetrical things. You can use this trick to find the place for the ears:
The ears should be symmetrical, too, so let's sketch their width before drawing them.
Connect the width lines with the head using gentle arcs.
Even animals with pointy ears don't have totally "sharp" tips. To avoid this effect, draw short lines at the tips to show their width.
Now join the tips with the rest of the ears.
The tail is round at the base and narrow at the tip. Let's draw the first part as a circle.
Now draw a line where the tail goes, right to the tip.
Finally, connect the tip with the circle.
5. Add the Final Lines
Take a ball-point pen, a marker, or whatever you can draw dark lines with. Use it to draw over the lines. You can also use this chance to fix any mistakes (for example, one ear too big).
Now take another sheet of paper and cover the picture with it. You should still see the lines, just much weaker. If you can't see it well enough, use a darker marker to stress the lines, or put a thinner sheet of paper on top.
Back to pencil! We're drawing the final picture now, so stay focused.
Draw the lips over the place shown in the picture. If you need to, press the paper firmly to see the lines better.
Make the smile by adding gentle arcs on the sides.
Sketch the outline for the nose and eyes. In the eyes, draw spots of light.
Fill the nose and eyes, drawing a lot of very tiny circles inside.
Time for the fur. Feel free to use any technique you want. Because the base is well done, you can be very creative about this part—nothing will go wrong!
Draw the rest of the snout.
To draw the "fingers" of the paws, draw a line in the middle of each, then one more line in the middle of every half.
Draw small arcs between them.
Add similar, but gentler arcs below.
Draw a huge mane below the head. It will make it look cuter and will cover a big part of the body, so you won't have to draw the details!
Draw the outline of the belly and legs that show under the mane.
Add fur to the tail, and draw the ears.
You can now remove the base and add any details you like to the final picture.
Although it might have looked like a very simple tutorial, you've just learned a bunch of great tricks. You can use the same base to make other cute animals! I hope you had fun doing this. If you want to ask me anything, or if you have a good idea for a future tutorial, please let me know in the comments.