How To Draw A Spider

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Spider in 10 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 Spider.

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

Step 1: Start by drawing a circle. This will be the main part of the body.

Step 2: Next draw a much smaller circle on top of that circle. Add a tiny "U" shaped head on top of that circle.

Step 3: Begin adding the legs on top of the left side of the top body segment. The front leg has three very long and very thin segments.

Step 4: Add the second leg right next to it. The segments will be the same size as the segments on the first leg.

Step 5: Next draw the third leg beside the second leg. The third leg also has three long thin segments. It is slightly shorter than the other two. Unlike the front two legs the third leg angles down.

Step 6: Now draw the last leg on the left side of the bottom body circle. It also points downward and is the longest of the legs.

Step 7: Continue adding legs to the right side. Start with the front leg. It will be the exact same size as the front leg on the left. It starts on the right side of the top body circle just opposite of where the left front leg starts.

Step 8: The second right leg is right beside the first. It is the same size.

Step 9: Add the third leg on the right side. It will be shorter than the first two. Make it the same length as the left third leg. Like the third leg on the left side, this leg angles down.

Step 10: Finally add the last leg on the right side of the bottom circle. It is the longest leg and also points down.

Interesting Facts about Spiders

Spiders belong to the Arthropoda family of animals that have no spine, an outer skeleton, eight jointed legs, and most spiders have eight eyes in pairs of two.

About 40,000 species of spiders have been recorded and the oldest known are believed to have lived about 318 million years ago. They are found over every continent, except the Antarctic.

Did you know?

  • Most spiders have fangs that are used to inject venom into their prey.
  • Spiders may have up to six silk glands in their abdomens that excrete into web-making spinnerets.
  • Most spiders prey on insects or other spiders.
  • Spiders may use many tactics to capture their prey, from lassoing and trapping, to running it down, and even mimicking prey as a means to be undetectable.
  • Spiders will generally only bite humans in self-defense. Some spider bites can be very serious and have caused about 100 hundred deaths during the 20th century.
  • Some people are extremely afraid of spiders; a condition called Arachnophobia.

In some areas of the world, cooked spiders, such as the tarantula, are considered a delicacy, spider silk is prized and spider venom is being studied as a treatment for several illnesses.

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