how to draw a porcupine

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Porcupine in 6 easy steps. This step by step guide progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a prickly porcupine!

Before we begin the How To Draw a Porcupine drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about Porkies you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect them against predators.
  • These quills are actually modified hairs coated with thick plates of keratin, which is the same material human fingernails are made of.
  • When threatened, a porcupine will raise its quills to appear larger and more intimidating to potential attackers.
  • Porcupines cannot shoot their quills out, as commonly believed; the quills detach easily when predators come into contact with them.
  • There are over 20 different species of porcupines, and they can be found on multiple continents, including Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
  • Porcupines are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night.
  • With a diet consisting mainly of leaves, herbs, twigs, and green plants, porcupines are considered herbivores.
  • These animals are excellent climbers and often sleep in trees to stay safe from predators.
  • Baby porcupines are called porcupettes, and they are born with soft quills that harden within a few days after birth.
  • Porcupines have a long lifespan for rodents, with some living up to 15 years in the wild.

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You can follow along with the video or use the simple drawing steps below the video as a guide!

How To Draw a Porcupine – Quick and Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Lesson

Step 1: Begin by drawing the snout and nose of the porcupine.

how to draw a porcupine

Step 2: Draw the front leg and the start of the back leg.

how to draw a porcupine

Step 3: Now you can draw the top of the back with the quills.

how to draw a porcupine

Step 4: Draw the porcupine’s spiny back and rear leg.

how to draw a porcupine

Step 5: Keep drawing the spines! There are a lot of them.

how to draw a porcupine

Step 6: Draw in face details and finish up the quills on the lower back.

how to draw a porcupine

Well Done, now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Porcupine, considering adding some shading or coloring to make your Porcupine look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your Porky!

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You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Porcupine! 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 Porcupine is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another forest creature to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a moose! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Moose

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