How to Draw a Realistic Koala Step by Step

The easy step-by-step drawing guide below.

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Step 1

Begin creating two circles: one large circle that will form the belly of the Koala, and a smaller one (half the size from the greater circle) to create the head. These two circles need to be divided as depicted. Make a bow-shaped outline that is centered on the lower part of the upper circle. After that, the upper end of the arm should point downwards towards the bottom circle as it is shown.

Step 2

Make a gentle line through the middle of the circle at the top in order to draw out how the facial contours are formed. This line must be slightly inclined (about 30-degrees). Then, in the middle lower half of the face divided, draw a square-oval nose. The nose should be perpendicular to the line, and slightly beneath it. Create two eyes both sides of the nose. Place the top of the eye facing the line. The eyes are slightly twisted to those nuclei (both sides facing towards the central part on the nose). Then we shift our focus to the bottom circle . we must sketch the reverse leg. The process begins at the middle of the circle and wraps around into the shape of an egg inside the circle as illustrated. Then, we must begin drawing the tree that the koala is hanging onto.

Step 3

Remove the guide across the middle of the head, as well as the sections of the guide as illustrated. Make ears, but draw lightly, as the ears will define themselves by texture of hair later. Include a few features around the nose, eyes and the chin. Additionally, add two toes to the rear foot.

Step 4

The illustration is about the fur of the Koala. Koalas are a species with a distinctive coat, which appears quite shaggy. The hairs do not fuse like other animals , and they require a different approach. It took me some time to figure out the most efficient method of achieving a professional appearance (I actually had to redo the drawing from scratch! ) However, I eventually was able to figure it out. Begin by shading the base layer in the manner the picture. The next steps will be used to finish the shade and texture of your fur. the next step is to apply the fur texture. Look for the darker areas around either side of your face. Also, in the middle-body area, and the areas at the top of your hind legs.

Step 5

The two main steps involved here. The first step is to shade the top layer of the bottom half . Note that the belly region (the portion of the circle that is separated from towards the borders) is more light than the upper regions. Next, smooth the shadow using the help of a cotton pad or tissue and Q-tip (you will notice the first time I did this on the top portion in the top half of my drawing). It’s similar to the steps that I have included in the shark-related tutorial I have posted.

Step 6

Smooth out the shadows in the bottom part of your drawing. Start sketching the hairy appearance that the face has. The hairs along both sides aren’t clearly defined, so you needn’t be concerned about the technique I just colored in lightly serrated lines to create a more dramatic effect. Make the hair darker around the edges of the cheek, leaving an area between the cheek and shoulder (the cheeks of the Koala) to give it more emphasis later on. Also keep the chin intact as well as two stickers the opposite side of the nose.

Step 7

Then, let’s begin drawing an edgier hair facial texture. To do this, you need to draw thin lines with curving rows on the face. The cheek on the right (the right cheek on the Koala) is shaded pretty smooth and doesn’t require a lot of hair (but keep it rough and do not smooth it unless you really need to).

Step 8

In this stage I’ve added a little darker hair at the crown of my hair. As you can see, the hair on the middle and on top of my face is beginning to appear rough, so in the following steps, I’ll smooth the hair out.

Step 9

For smoothing the hair’s texture, apply a cotton pad or tissue or Q-tip just like you would use regular shades. The distinction is that you need to follow the hair’s particles (in in the exact direction) of hair, and you must do it with a light touch. This is due to the fact that we don’t need to smooth completely the graphite. We want to preserve some hair’s details, but eliminate the rough. If you make a stroke at an angle that is perpendicular with the hair, and apply a significant amount of pressure, it will eliminate the hair’s texture.

Step 10

The ears need to be trimmed using the “traditional” feathering technique that all furs require. Create long, flowing strands using an darker pencil (2B-4B) in a series at the top of the ear, and create strands that are somewhat different in length. The hair that is above the ear should be slightly upwards while the hair looking downwards should be hanging downwards. In this stage I also shaded the upper body a bit darker through the addition of a drop shadow layer.

Step 11

The outer portion that is the outer ear part thinner and has a shorter hair texture. Make curved hairs in the shape of bananas that develop from the top half part of the ear. It is important not to apply too much pressure to hairs like on koalas, the outside hairs on the ear are usually white, which means you will require an eraser if your pencil gets too long. In this stage I also began drawing the the body hair. This is a straightforward process and does not take much time even though it might appear to be. Check out the next step for more details about the process.

Step 12

Drawing feathers is a simple task You just draw thin lines that are short and along the lines in the opposite direction. The trick is not to put them together in an unidirectional line. It is best to arrange them in rows with jagged edges , so that they appear evenly dispersed.

Step 13

The direction that it is that you trace the feathers of the body of the koala is vital since it’s the most fundamental method of drawing the shape of the koala. This chart shows where feathers on the arrows should point. It is a reference throughout the entire process.

Step 14

Continue drawing the hair’s texture all around the body. Be sure to continue drawing those hairs along the lines you outlined in Step 12. Take note of how the feathers at the top of hind leg feathers are dark. Also, feathers that surround the stomach’s back appear light. Be sure to capture those tones when drawing.

Step 15

Add more hair texture. The shades should generally flow through the basic shade you used when you first started painting, but you are able to lighten or darken the tone of your hair through making hairs darker or lighter as well as making them lighter or darker. The hairs will be heavier or less dense (put them further or closer away).

Step 16

The fur that covers the koala’s lower part is much more smooth and more organized as compared to the remainder of the sketch. Three rows that are roughly equal width that wrap across the lower part of the drawing. You can see the tiny bands of light that are at lower levels of every row (below the ends of the hairs that form these rows) and the somewhat darker, more apparent hairs that are scattered across the rows.

Step 17

Continue drawing the details for the feathers on hind legs, as shown.

Step 18

This is a crucial step in which we apply dark patches across the coat. These tiny patches add depth in the coat. at present, only tiny hairs are being drawn out and it appears as if the coat isn’t that thick. Koalas are actually sporting a beautiful thick coat, and we should add this extra depth. Dark areas that are drawn on the fur form jagged, thin bands, and are usually located on the left of the hind leg and under the chin. In this stage I also draw hair on the toes and fingers. Koalas have strange feet and hands that are that are covered with identical fur like the rest of their body, hence, employ the same technique.

Step 19

Now, let’s sketch out the specifics of the eyes and nose. To at this stage, the koala appears strange with the missing details. It’s pretty easy to draw. The nose is essentially the shaded block that has an incline at the top, and the eyes are essentially an oval pupil that has distinct lines and some shading in the lower half. Make sure to shade your cheeks.

Step 20

The koala has been completed However, we need to sketch some tree. You shouldn’t draw the entire tree as the koala is the center of attention therefore I’ll only draw the portion of the tree on which the koala is. Begin by drawing long straight lines that follow directions of the trees. Create lines that are closer together and others further apart to create highlights.

Step 21

To draw a texture of a tree begin by drawing thin, long lines along directions of the trees. Then , add contours of the’square block’ of bark, which is angled and then add more darker lines everywhere. Lastly, shade the entire areabut leave areas of light at the edges of certain parts of the bark, and in other areas.

Step 22

You can see here that I’ve added some bark details to the texture of the tree.

Step 23

There is now shading in the texture. It’s evident that it’s not uniformly shaded , it’s deliberate and makes the texture appear natural and organic.

Step 24

This is an optional step The previous step, I was of the opinion that the tree appeared too light therefore, in this step I added shadows on the tree texture, which helped to diminish the highlights. Personally, I like this design, but the appearance of the texture on the tree that I used in the previous step is very appealing. If you’d like to extend the texture of the tree further to the right. In this illustration I’ve did the tree texture fade away because I didn’t want to have too several “trees” in the image. This is the end of the tutorial I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial and were able to use it in your own work.

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