How to Draw a Squirrel

As we continue to teach you how to draw animals, we now show you how you can draw a squirrel quickly and easily.

This rodent is very common and can be found on all continents. This animal can be seen in a variety of books, films, or cartoons. Sandy, a squirrel from the animated series Spongebob, is an example.

This instruction will show you how to draw a squirrel. It will be created using only eleven steps.


Step 1

First, draw the head & torso in two ovals. These ovals can be used to create the main body of the squirrel and also help us place it on a piece of paper.




Step 2

Draw the ears on the top of your head. The ears’ inner sides should be pointed outward. Remember to show the cartilage in the ear closest to you.




Step 3

With very simple lines and smooth lines, draw a squirrel’s muzzle. A couple of lines are enough to connect the neck and head.




Step 4

Draw a large eye and a small nostril. You can verify the proportionality of your squirrel drawing by looking at it through a mirror.




Step 5

Go down and show small arms with sharp claws and small fingers. From the shoulders to your wrists, the arms should curve smoothly.




Step 6

Let’s now move down to draw the legs for the squirrel. Begin by drawing the legs’ tops with simple, smooth lines.




Step 7

Draw long feet using small toes, and sharp claws, and draw them. Note that the legs should be larger than the arms of the squirrel.




Step 8

Let’s now show the fluffy tail, one of the most distinguishing features of the squirrel. This part of the body should be drawn with smooth, short lines to create a distinctive curve.




Step 9

Finish drawing the squirrel’s tail using the same strokes. To enhance the fluffiness, you can add more touches.




Step 10

With the help of an eraser remove all of the lines that were created during the initial stages of the squirrel drawing. Try lining your artwork with darker lines to get a more finished look.




Step 11

The squirrel was painted brown, while the chest, lower face, and ears were painted a light brown. We also painted the nose and inside of the ears pinky-brown. You should paint the eye black with a tiny white highlight.




To give your squirrel drawing a 3-D look, add shadows. By using a lot of short strokes to depict the fur texture, you can make your rodent drawing more detailed.

If you enjoyed the guide on drawing a squirrel and want to learn more about drawing other living things, please visit our Animals category.

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