How to Draw a Mara

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Mara in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Mara.

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How to Draw a Mara - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: To begin drawing your mara you will need to start with the head. To make the shape of the head, draw an angled U shape with a small bump where the nose will be.

Step 2: The next step will be to draw the mara's face. You will need to add ears by creating two points and adding an oval shape in the front ear. To create the eyes, draw a circle and extend a line out slightly from each side. The mouth can be made with an L shape adding a dot for the nose.

Step 3: You will now need to draw the body. To do this, extend a line from the ears straight to create the back, then curve it around the form the rear of the mara. Another line will need to come from the chin downward at an angle to form the neck.

Step 4: Next you will want to draw the front leg. You can draw the front leg by drawing two lines with one starting from the middle of the body and the other towards the bottom. Draw a right angle at the bottom where they meet, forming the foot.

Step 5: You will then need to draw the other front leg. This leg will be drawn with two lines that start at the bottom of the body and form the foot in the same way as the other leg.

Step 6: Now you will need to draw the front hind leg. This will start at the middle of the body and will have two curved lines at the top to start them. You will then continue the lines in two V shapes that will meet together at the bottom of the foot.

Step 7: To draw the second hind leg you will need to use the same V shape to form the leg and have them meet at an angle to form the foot.

Step 8: Finally, you will need to draw the tail. Connect the rear of the mara to its hind leg with a curved line including a bump to represent the tail. You have now finished your mara.

Interesting Facts about the MARA

The Mara is a member of the rodent family and the scientific term for them is Dolichitus patagonum. This species are relatives of the guinea pigs and are found in Argentina, Paraguay, and other parts of South America.They are the fourth largest rodent in the world, next to the capybara, porcupine, and beaver.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1820.
  • This species has 3 sharp claw digits on the back limbs.
  • They have 4 digits of the front limbs.
  • These can grow to be over 1.5 feet tall.
  • They can run at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour.
  • This creature can weigh over 24 pounds.
  • They can jump up to 6 feet in the air.
  • These can have up to 3 babies in a year.

They have thick bodies but resemble a bit like a rabbit with long legs. This species are brown creatures with very dark rumps with white on the bottom and underneath. These animals can hop, gallop, and bounce. It mates for life and their babies can begin grazing in a day. Each parent takes turns in watching the babies. They make good pets for humans.

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