how to draw a squirrel

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Squirrel in 7 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a squirrel. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a quick and easy Squirrel drawing!

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

  • Squirrels have fluffy tails that help them balance as they leap among trees. Their tails also provide warmth.
  • They are excellent climbers with light, agile bodies and strong claws made for gripping tree bark.
  • Squirrels have large eyes on the sides of their heads, giving wide vision to spot predators. Their senses of sight and hearing are very sharp.
  • Common tree squirrels eat nuts, seeds, fruits and sometimes fungi or insects. Ground squirrels may eat plants or insects.
  • Squirrels use their front paws to manipulate food and carry items to bury or store for winter.
  • Many squirrels live alone or in small family groups and are territorial. They use scent glands to mark boundaries.
  • Nest building depends on species but squirrels make dens of leaves, grass and twigs high in tree cavities or underground.
  • There are over 275 squirrel species worldwide living in varied habitats from forests to cities.
  • Squirrels play roles in seed dispersal and supporting other forest wildlife through food storage caches.
  • Some squirrels hibernate or become less active in winter when food is scarce, relying on stored caches.

How To Draw a Squirrel – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Guide

Step 1: Begin by drawing the squirrel’s face and nose.

how to draw a squirrel

Step 2: Draw the squirrel’s ear and chin.

how to draw a squirrel

Step 3: Now you can start to draw the back.

how to draw a squirrel

Step 4: Draw the squirrel’s back and hind leg.

how to draw a squirrel

Step 5: Sketch the big, bushy, tail.

how to draw a squirrel

Step 6: Draw the rest of the tail and the front leg.

how to draw a squirrel

Step 7: Finally, draw the squirrel’s eye and back foot.

how to draw a squirrel

Well done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Squirrel, consider adding some shading or coloring to make your furry buddy look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your squirrel drawing.

how to draw a squirrel

Congratulations!

You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Squirrel! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I know after another attempt you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a squirrel is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another forest critter to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a fox?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Fox.

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