How To Draw A Snake - Draw Central

How To Draw A Snake

As requested by one of our readers, today we are going to learn how to draw a snake. As I am sure you can tell, the bodies of snakes make them very easy animals to draw. With a couple tips you can draw any snake you can think of quickly and easily.

What you’ll need:

To begin with, draw an oval for the snake’s head. This oval should be something of a wedge shape that is wider at one end, and tapers off to a slight point at the front.

Drawing a a snake usually becomes tricky when it comes time to make it’s body. The easiest way to do this is to draw a single line that extends from the back of the snake’s head. Use this line to map out how you want the snake’s body to lie.

Don’t worry about making this line look very nice. It is only a place marker that will be erased shortly.

On either side of the line you drew in the previous step, draw two more lines which will become the snake’s full body. As you can see in the image on the right, the body of the snake is slightly thinner near the head and the tail than it is in the middle.

TIP: Be sure not to draw any part of your snake’s body wider than its head.

Now you can erase the guideline you drew previously, and you can see your snake’s body start to take shape.

At this point you should be making sure that the general body of your snake looks the way you want it to. If you find that there is some part of your snake that is too wide, too skinny or just doesn’t look right, it is very easy to erase a line and redraw it.

At this point your snake is just about complete. Looking at the image on the right, you can see that I have added the snake’s eyes and a few patches along it’s body.

Also, near the front of the snake’s head you can draw a few large scales to give the head a distinct appearance from the body. To recreate this look, make about five or six large, plate-like scales that start at the tip of the nose and end near the snake’s eyes.

Feel free to be as creative and add as much detail as you want. Depending on how skilled you are as an artist, you may even want to go as far as drawing each scale on the snake individually. Experiment and have fun with it!

I have also added a video tutorial that shows a slightly different process to draw a snake. This video comes from YouTube user ShooRaynerDrawing, and might give you a few extra ideas. Enjoy!