turtle drawing easy

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

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

  • Turtles have a shell that protects their body and limbs but allows their head and limbs to extend outside for breathing, feeding, and swimming.
  • Their shells are made of bony plates called scutes that fit tightly together and are covered by a horny skin.
  • Turtles live in aquatic, terrestrial, and semiaquatic habitats around the world like oceans, rivers, ponds, and forests.
  • Webbed feet or flippers help turtles swim while claws aid walking and digging on land or shell.
  • Most eat plants, fish, worms or insects depending on species using beaks adapted for crunching or grasping.
  • Females lay eggs in shallow nests on land which baby turtles hatch from months later on their own.
  • Their shells come in many shapes, sizes, colors and patterns unique to different species for camouflage.
  • Turtles are important predators in ecosystems and help disperse seeds after eating fruits in some areas.
  • Some turtles live over 100 years in captivity with lifespans in the wild depending on threats.
  • Sadly, many turtle species face endangerment due to habitat loss, pollution, poaching, and vehicle collisions.

How To Draw a Turtle – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Lesson

Step 1: Begin by drawing the turtle’s head.

how to draw a turtle

Step 2: Now you can draw the turtle’s shell.

how to draw a turtle

Step 3: Draw your turtle some legs.

how to draw a turtle

Step 4: Sketch in some of the shell detail.

how to draw a turtle

Step 5: Add more shell details, a tail, and claws.

how to draw a turtle

Step 6: Now give your turtle a face and some personality.

how to draw a turtle

Well done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Turtle, considering adding some shading or coloring to make your little friend look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your turtle drawing.

how to draw a turtle easy


You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Turtle! 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 turtle is with plenty of practice!

Are you looking for another lake or water animal to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw an ANGELFISH?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw an Angelfish.

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