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How to draw a cartoon squirrel

Updated on October 31, 2012

Today's tutorial will be a rather interesting one! I will be demonstrating exactly how to draw a cartoon style squirrel holding an acorn, step by step. This is a somewhat challenging tutorial, as there are many parts and steps involved in this demonstration. There are 13 steps in total, one of the longest hubs I have made so far. I thought this would be very worthwhile and I have been eager to share it with you all.

Follow the steps below to get started. Please make sure you have a well sharpened pencil, a blank sheet of paper and a hard surface first. :)

Step 1

There are many parts to a squirrel as you may know. So we will begin with the squirrels face. The squirrel is facing to the side in the illustration above. Draw the outline of you're squirrels face, including the nose, forehead and where the mouth will be.

Step 2

Next, draw in some cute little ears at the top of the squirrel's head. This shouldn't be too complicating!

Step 3

Next, we will move forward to the squirrel's body. Draw the outline of the squirrel's back. A squirrel has a very roundish shaped body, so draw the back to look very rounded.

Step 4

Next, draw the squirrel's arm in this step. It will be holding up the acorn with its hands in the end.

Step 5

I have included some legs on the squirrel now in this step. The legs will appear bent and somewhat folded. As if it were standing slightly on its hind legs.

Step 6

Draw in the stomach. Just a semi-circle looking shape for the stomach since it is facing side ways.

Step 7

Now, draw in the squirrel's feet. Don't include any detail in the feet just yet. We will be filling in the detail later on once we have all of the parts drawn first. :)

Step 8

Give your squirrel a tail! Make it look as fat, thin, long or short as you please. This squirrel's tail is medium sized I would say.

Step 9

In this step, we will be drawing two parts. The other arm of the squirrel and outline for the acorn.

Step 10

Now that we have all of the vital parts drawn, it is time to fill in the details. I decided to start with the acorn.

Step 11

Draw cross-hatch like lines all around the acorn in this step.

Step 12

Next, we will be shifting our focus on to the squirrel's facial features. Draw a shape for the eyes and nose. Also, you may add a cute smile to the squirrel as well.

Step 13

Lastly, fill in the eyes and nose. You may add pupil's to the squirrel's eyes if you'd like, just to give it more of a nicer look.

That's all! I hope you had fun and I hope you guys will like this a lot. :)


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    • LindaGalarza profile image

      Linda J. Galarza 3 years ago from Schaumburg

      Thanks so much for this! Good explanation .

    • Shawnte87 profile image

      Shawnte 5 years ago

      Thanks :)! Glad you like it!

    • Jennifer Sides profile image

      Jennifer Sides 5 years ago from Edmonton

      Lovely tutorial!