How to Draw a Beaver

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Beavers are large aquatic rodents. There are two species of beavers, and they are native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Beavers are the second largest rodent in the world, with one individual weighing in at over 85 pounds. Beavers are social creatures and often live with their extended families.

Beavers are known for their ability to build wooden structures called dams. Beavers chew on the trunks of trees, felling them. They then drag the trees into the water to carefully build their dam and a home called a lodge.

The beaver has a large, flat, furless tail which it uses as a paddle when swimming and as a tool when mortaring the dam with mud.

Did you know? The beaver’s large front teeth have orange enamel. Why? Calcium in the enamel has been replaced with iron, making the teeth very strong.

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Perhaps the most well-known beavers to popular culture are Nickelodeon’s The Angry Beavers (1997-2001). The series followed the adventures of two brothers, Norbert and Daggett.

Other beaver characters include Toothy and Handy of Happy Tree Friends, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the unnamed beaver of Redwall.

Interestingly, the name “Beverly” is a combination of the Old English words for “beaver” and “clearing.”

Would you like to draw an industrious beaver? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Whale, Cute Narwhal, and River.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Beaver

How to Draw Beaver: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing three overlapping circles. Note that one circle is noticeably larger than the others. This will form the beaver’s head and body.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 2

2. Detail the beaver’s head. Use a curved line to form the ear, and additional curved lines to craft the top of the head, forehead, snout, and neck. Enclose an irregular rounded shape to indicate the nose.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 3

3. Outline the foreleg. Use short, curved lines that meet in jagged points to outline the sides of the leg. Enclose the foot and toes using curved lines that meet in points, indicating claws.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line connecting the circles at the top, outlining the beaver’s back.

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How to Draw Beaver: Step 5

5. Draw the rear leg. Again, use short lines that meet in jagged points to outline the furry sides of the leg. Then, outline the foot using curved lines, with each toe concluding in a sharp point. Note the short lines that indicate the bend in the foot.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 6

6. Erase the guide lines left by the original circles. Complete the beaver’s head and far ear using curved lines.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 7

7. Extend two long curved lines from behind the beaver’s rear leg, and allow them to meet in a gentle, rounded point. This forms the beaver’s tail. Texture the tail using cross hatching – perpendicular curved lines making a checkerboard pattern across the tail.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 8

8. Detail the beaver’s face. Add connected, curved lines to indicate the furry cheek. For the eye, draw a circle within a circle, and shade between them. Enclose a curved shape above each eye to indicate the eyebrows. Extend long curved lines from each side of the mouth to form the whiskers.

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How to Draw Beaver: Step 9

9. Shade the nose, and detail the inside of the ear. Use curved lines to sketch the far feet. Finally, texture the beaver’s fur using short lines.

How to Draw Beaver: Step 10

10. Color your beaver. They are typically brown in color.

Draw a river for your beaver to live in, and check out our animal drawing guides to give him additional woodland friends.

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