In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Squirrel in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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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 Squirrel.
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How to Draw a Squirrel - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: First draw the head. Think of a "J" on an angle. There's a small bump in the bottom of the J. This makes the nose.
Step 2: Add a round eye inside the "J" almost at the top. Add a rounded ear at the top of the head. There is a small rounded tip just behind the first ear. Draw a short line back behind the ears.
Step 3: Continuing drawing this line back. Make a sharp bend downward and continue down.
Step 4: Right under the front jaw draw a small front leg. There are tiny fingers on the hand. Keep drawing the arm back and curve it upward.
Step 5: The curve of the back leg begins right at the front leg and circles around to the back line. At the bottom of the curve draw the long foot with three long toes.
Step 6: Now we draw the large fluffy tail. One side of the tail starts at the bottom of the back leg line. Make the tail line curve at the same angle as the back line. The other line starts almost behind the ears. Make these lines pointy and shaggy.
Step 7: Finish the tail by curving it back over onto itself. Keep the line shaggy.
Step 8: Finally add the top of the other front leg right on top of the first front leg. The second back foot is right on top of the first foot. Don't forget the toes.
Interesting Facts about Squirrels
Squirrels belong to the large Sciuridae family of rodents that includes chipmunks, flying squirrels, ground squirrels, tree squirrels, marmots and prairie dogs.
Squirrels have been traced back to about 35 million years ago and were originally found in the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, and eventually brought to Australia.
Today, squirrels live across nearly all lands, except the coldest Polar Regions and driest deserts.
Did you know?
- Squirrels have very strong claws that enable them to be excellent climbers.
- While most squirrels eat seeds and nuts, fruits and vegetation, tree cones and mushrooms. Some squirrels are known to have eaten insects and small birds, young snakes and even smaller rodents.
- Squirrels sharpen their teeth by chewing on branches and sometimes, even on live electrical lines, which is a common cause of electrical outages.
- Often squirrels are considered as pests because they chew on many things, often dig holes searching for things they have buried and are cleverly persistent in getting to what they want.
- Squirrels can sometimes be pets and trained to be fed by hand.
Since the beginning of human life on earth, squirrels have been hunted and eaten.
Squirrels have been presented as popular characters in books, movies, cartoons, video games and music.