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How To Draw A Turtle

How To Draw A Turtle

As requested by one of our viewers, we are going to learn how to draw a turtle. Turtles are so very cute– almost cute enough to make us forget that they are reptiles, like snakes and lizards. If you’ve ever wanted to draw a turtle and haven’t been able to get it quite right, this tutorial is for you. Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

As with all my tutorials, the first step is the easiest. We first need to break down our turtle into its simplest shape, which looks something like a lemon.

Across the middle of your lemon-shape, draw a wavy band that stretches from one side to the other. This band is going to be the opening in the turtle’s shell that its head and legs will be sticking out of.

Just slightly off-center, draw a circle inside the band of the shell. This is going to be your turtle’s head. On either side of this circle, draw an oval, which will become its legs. For effect, the turtle in the example on the right has one leg that is bent slightly to look like it is bearing a little more weight.

Clean up the lines of your turtle a bit. Erase the lines between the turtles legs, and its body to make it look like the legs are connected. Most land turtles have sharp claws– make these by drawing five thin “V” shapes at the end of each leg.

As you can see in the image on the left, I also added a few claws near the turtle’s rear to look like part of a foot is sticking out.

Once you have the basic body of your turtle drawn, you can move onto its face. Turtles don’t really have many facial features, which make them a breeze to draw. Make a couple beady eyes that sit near the top of its head, and two tiny nostrils that sit right between the turtle’s eyes.

Since this turtle’s head is pointed upward slightly, draw it’s mouth by making an upside down “V” shape that stretches from eye to eye.

At this point you should have drawn a nearly complete turtle. As you can see in the image on the left, the only thing left to do is add a few details like the pattern on the shell, and a few lines to suggest scales.

Give your turtle a little shading, and that’s it! Congrats, you’ve just drawn a turtle.

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