How To Draw A Raccoon

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Raccoon in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent 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 Raccoon.

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

Step 1: Start by drawing the head. It is a wide "U" shape with a pointy nose at the bottom.

Step 2: Add two round ears on the top of the head.

Step 3: Draw two tiny eyes in the middle of the face. There is a round nose at the very tip of the bottom bump. Add large rings around the eyes to give the raccoon his masked appearance.

Step 4: Now draw a very curved back. It will curve down toward the rump. Starting at the bottom of the snout add a short front leg. The top part of the leg is wider than the hand at the bottom. Don't forget to add the delicate fingers on the hand. Continue the other side of the arm back up.

Step 5: Start the short belly line at the top of the front leg line. Next draw a hind leg. It should be the same size as the front leg. Keep drawing the back of the leg upwards almost to the end of the rump line. There are very long toes on the back foot.

Step 6: Between the rump line and the back of the hind leg line draw the thick bushy tail. It is about the same length as the body. There are segments or lines across the tail.

Step 7: Finish by adding another front leg right under the head. There is another hind foot just below the belly. Remember the long toes on both feet.

Interesting Facts about Racoons

The raccoon belongs to the Procyonidae family of mammals, along with kinkajous, cacomistles, ringtails, and other species, which are native to North America.

Fossils of raccoons date back about 20 million years and during the mid-20th century were distributed to various Asian and European countries.

Did you know?

  • Raccoons have an exceptional sense of touch, with hyper sensitive front paws.
  • Raccoons are recognized by the black band of fur around their eyes, which look like a “bandit’s mask.”
  • Several studies have shown that raccoons are able to manipulate locks, remember solutions to tasks for several years and distinguish number of items.
  • Raccoons usually come out at night to forage for food, which can include plants, meat, and insects.
  • Baby raccoons are called kits and are born in the spring.
  • Raccoons cannot run very fast or jump very far, but they can stand upright on their hind legs to explore things with their front paws.

Raccoons have long been hunted for their furs, which are used for coats and caps. Although they have been depicted in mythology, art and literature, raccoons are known as pests; getting into garbage and raiding fruit trees.

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