In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Sloth in 6 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a sloth. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step of the how to draw a sloth tutorial. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a simple and easy sloth drawing!
Before we begin the How To Draw a Sloth drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about sloths you might find interesting, especially for kids.
- Sloths have shaggy fur coats that are greenish-gray. This fur helps them blend into the rainforest canopy.
- Sloths have very long, strong, claws that they use to hang from tree branches and to move slowly through the trees.
- There are two types of sloths – two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths. They can be distinguished by the number of toes on their front limbs.
- Sloths are herbivores that eat leaves, buds and fruits. Their slow digestion allows gut bacteria to break down plant matter.
- Sloths spend most of their time hanging upside down from tree limbs due to the large amount of energy it takes to move on the ground.
- Despite appearing lazy, sloths are well adapted for survival in the rainforest and can swim if they fall out of trees.
- Baby sloths grasp onto their mother’s fur for protection and transportation as they develop.
- Sloths have a low metabolism and heart rate and can survive falls from trees that would harm other animals.
- Their fur grows in the opposite direction to help shed rainwater due to the amount of time spent in trees.
- Sloths play an important role in seed dispersal for tropical trees as seeds pass through their digestive systems.
How To Draw a Sloth – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Guide
Step 1: Begin by drawing the head of the sloth.
Step 2: Draw the portion of the arms.
Step 3: Now you can draw the other side of the arms and the back.
Step 4: Finish drawing the arms.
Step 5: Sketch in a tree branch for the sloth to hang from.
Step 6: Draw the eyes and face details, and don’t forget the three toes!
Well Done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Sloth, consider adding some shading or coloring to make your tree climber look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your sloth drawing. Remember, sloths move slow and you should too when you’re practicing your drawing skills!
You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Sloth! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly 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 sloth is with practice…practice…practice!
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