How to Draw a Skunk

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Skunk 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 Skunk.

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

Step 1: Let's draw a skunk! For the body, draw a squiggly line, making sure to trace a hump at the top, rounding it out at the back.

Step 2: From there, trace a forehead, then trace the bottom of the head out a bit longer for the nose. Draw a medium-sized dot at the top of the face for the eye.

Step 3: Now, draw the first leg by tracing a backwards letter L shape, making the paw long.

Step 4: Draw the second leg by tracing alongside the first one without drawing the paw! This leg is hiding.

Step 5: Next, draw the hind leg by tracing the leg thick at the top and skinnier at the bottom, making the lines curbed so that the skunk looks like it's really walking!

Step 6: Add the fourth leg by tracing a small paw coming out from behind the third leg.

Step 7: Add the spots by tracing an oval shape above the eye, then trace a shape that looks like a small tail on the back.

Step 8: Trace the skunk's actual tail, last. Here's a tip: start with two lines close together at the back but as you trace out the lines get wider apart for a bushy tail. There you have your skunk!

Interesting Facts about Skunks

Skunks are members of the weasel family, and they are related to ferrets, weasels, badgers, otters, stoats, and wolverines. Skunks are known for their foul smell, which comes from a liquid called musk that they spray when they feel threatened or scared. There are three types of skunks, the striped skunk, the hog-nosed skunk, and the spotted skunk. The most recognized is the striped skunk, with its white stripes on its back.

Did you know?

  • Baby skunks, which are called kits, are born blind.
  • Skunks can spray an object with their musk that is as far as 12 feet away from them.
  • Skunks live in North and South America. They can be found anywhere from rural settings to populated cities.
  • Skunks eat fruit, insects, small rodents, and birds and their eggs.
  • Skunks can live for up to three years.
  • In the United States, skunks are also called polecats.

Skunks have become a fixture in popular culture. In the movie Bambi, Bambi’s friend skunk is named Flower. Pepe Le Pew is another famous fictional character. He is from The Loony Tunes, and he is a skunk with a French accent who is always searching for his one true love.

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