It’s a tall order to find an animal that’s cuter than an adorable squirrel. With their bushy tails, little faces and cute paws, it’s always a treat to see one of these critters going about their day.
Their cuteness has made them a popular subject of artworks, media and even movies!
If you love these furry cuties as well, then you may want to learn how to draw one. If so, then this guide is the one for you!
We created this easy-to-use, step-by-step guide on how to draw a squirrel to show you how easy it can be.
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- How to Draw A Squirrel – Let’s get Started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Draw the ears and back of your squirrel
- Step 3 – Next, draw the tail and legs
- Step 4 – Now, draw the chest and other legs
- Step 5 – Next, draw some eyes and final details
- Step 6 – Finish off your squirrel drawing with some color
- Do this to take your squirrel drawing to the next level
- Your Squirrel Drawing is Complete
How to Draw A Squirrel – Let’s get Started!
To kick off this guide on how to draw a squirrel, we will begin with the face. This step will be quite simple, as all you need is a curved, rounded line on the right-hand side.
Then, once you have that line drawn you can add a little round nose onto it as well.
Step 2 – Draw the ears and back of your squirrel
We shall draw some ears and the back of your squirrel drawing in this second step. First, we shall focus on the ears.
Using the line that you drew in the previous step, carefully draw some rounded ears with some jagged lines to give them a furry look.
These will go near the top of the line that will make up the face.
Once you have the face and ears, you can start to draw the back. As you can see in the reference image, this will come down as a curvy line down from the head.
This will help to show that the squirrel is hunched over.
Step 3 – Next, draw the tail and legs
A squirrel wouldn’t be a squirrel at all without a big, bushy tail. Before we draw that, however, we should draw the limbs of the squirrel first.
First, draw a little arm for the squirrel beneath the head. Directly below that, you can draw a rounded thigh that has a flat leg at the bottom of it.
The foot will connect directly to the back, as you can see in the reference image.
Now that the legs are drawn, you can add the iconic tail! The tail will come directly off the back of the squirrel drawing and is made of some very curvy, rounded lines.
Once you have it looking like the picture, you’re ready for step 4!
Step 4 – Now, draw the chest and other legs
We shall add some more details to your drawing in this step of our guide on how to draw a squirrel. First of all, use a jagged line at the chest to create some fluffy fur there.
Then, use some more jagged lines lower down to create a fluffy belly for your squirrel, and then you can draw in the other legs and arms to complete this step.
Step 5 – Next, draw some eyes and final details
It’s time to start drawing some final details before we move on to the final step! The first details that we will add will be some facial elements.
First, you can use some circles within circles to create some big eyes for your cute squirrel drawing.
Then a square shape coming down from the mouth will add some cute buckteeth to the face, and then you can finish off the other smaller details of the face.
Some dots on the cheeks will help to create some whisker spots, and you can also draw some lines inside the ears to create the inner ear area.
Finally, some lines on the tail will help to add some depth to it.
These are the details that we chose for our picture, but you could even add some of your own if you would like to!
Step 6 – Finish off your squirrel drawing with some color
The last step of our guide on how to draw a squirrel is the one where you can take over and show us how creative with colors you can be!
We used a brown color scheme for our squirrel, but you should use whichever colors you would like for your own squirrel drawing.
Squirrels come in many different color variations, so even if you would like to keep your drawing more realistic you have a lot of options at your disposal.
However, you could also use your favorite bright colors as well for a more stylistic appearance to your squirrel!
Once you know which colors you would like for your drawing, the only thing left to decide is which art mediums you will use for it.
Whether you decide on brighter colors using some acrylic paints or colored pens, or more muted tones with something like watercolors or colored pencils, you’ll have some amazing colors for your squirrel!
Do this to take your squirrel drawing to the next level
Make your squirrel sketch even cuter with these fun tips and tricks!
Seeing a squirrel in your yard is always a great sight, but it’s even better if you see more than one!
That also brings us to the first suggestion for this squirrel drawing.
This cute little one could use a friend, and now you know how to do it. Simply follow the steps of the guide and try to change things up a bit.
For example, the second squirrel could be facing a different direction or have a new facial expression. What kinds of situations do you think you could put a pair of cute squirrels into?
Another way you can make your drawing of a squirrel better would be by adding some objects for it to interact with. Everyone knows that squirrels love acorns, and you could draw one in the paws of this squirrel!
That’s one idea, but there are so many other objects that you could go for. Squirrels love to hold things, so there are all sorts of things this one could have found.
When you have decided whether to add another squirrel or not, you can also finish off with a background. We mentioned how you will often see squirrels in yards, so that is one idea for a background setting.
That may be one idea, but there are plenty of settings you could choose. Maybe it could be sitting in a forest or maybe something even more creative like a squirrel party.
What are some settings you can think of?
Lastly, you can really elevate this squirrel sketch even further with the art tools and mediums you use.
We covered some of the art tools you could use as well as some colors, but you should really try and experiment.
Different mediums can also help you to achieve various textures. For instance, if you used lots of small strokes of a paintbrush you can create the look of fur on the squirrel.
What kinds of colors do you think you will use?
Your Squirrel Drawing is Complete
You’ve completed all of the steps in our guide on how to draw a squirrel, and now you have a new squirrel friend!
We really hope that this guide was helpful for you, as breaking a new drawing down into simpler steps is the best way to master any new subject.
This guide is just the start, though, as now you can use it as a basis to create your own unique variations!
You could change elements such as the positioning and expression of your squirrel as some examples.
You could take it even further by drawing a beautiful background, or perhaps by drawing a second squirrel to join your first one!
The colors you use are also a great way to put your own spin on your image, and you can have lots of fun experimenting with different art mediums and techniques.
We have many more wonderful step-by-step drawing guides for you to enjoy on our website, so be sure to check out what we have for you!
We also will be bringing out many more frequently, so be sure to check in often to never miss out on the newest guides we have for you.
Once you have finished your incredible squirrel drawing, we would love to see it!
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