How To Draw a Crab

How to draw a crab

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Crab in 9 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Crab.

Before we begin the drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about the Crab you might find interesting.

  • Crabs vary in size from the pea crab, a few millimeters wide, to the Japanese spider crab, with a leg span of up to 4 meters (13 ft).
  • There are around 850 species of crabs in the world today.
  • Crabs typically walk sideways.
  • Crabs communicate with each by drumming or waving their pincers.
  • Crabs are omnivores, feeding primarily on algae, but also enjoying small fish and other small crustaceans.

How To Draw a Crab – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Guide!

Step 1: Start by drawing the center of the crab’s body.

how to draw a crab

Step 2: Draw the first segment where the pincers will be.

how to draw a crab

Step 3: Now, draw the first segment of the first pair of legs.

how to draw a crab

Step 4: Continue adding to the body to draw in the legs.

how to draw a crab

Step 5: Draw the second segment before the pincers.

how to draw a crab

Step 6: Draw the beginning sections of the claws and some of the feet.

how to draw a crab

Step 7: Finish drawing the crab claws.

how to draw a crab

Step 8: You can now draw the eye extensions and add the final legs.

how to draw a crab

Step 9: Finish drawing the details of the eyes and body.

how to draw a crab

Well Done! You’ve successfully completed How To Draw a Crab! You can use the picture below if you want to add color or shading to make your crab drawing more realistic.

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You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Crab! Your first try may not have gone as perfectly as you had hoped, but I’m sure after another attempt or two you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a crab is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another sea animal to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw an Angelfish?! Take a look here for another fun, quick, and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw an Angelfish

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