Some researchers have said that no matter where you are on planet earth, you are never more than three feet away from a spider. These prolific arthropods live in buildings, in the forest, in the desert – some even hunt under water.
Spiders are distinguished from other invertebrates by several unique characteristics. Their bodies have two segments, the head and abdomen. All spiders have eight legs and digest their food using poison injected by their fangs. Most spiders are harmless to humans, but a few can cause injury or even death.
Spiders come in a wide range of colors. A variety of orb weaver spiders called writing spiders have yellow and black zebra stripes on their back. Lynx spiders are bright green, and Hawaiian happy face spiders are yellow with black, red, and white spots that make them look like living emoticons. Other spiders are brown, black, white, yellow, red, or a combination of colors.
Cartoon spiders are a part of our popular culture. They often play a minor role, such as the “Spi’ider” in Megamind (2010) or the singing spiders in Sing (2016). At times, however, spiders are cast in a starring role, such as in Charlotte’s Web (1973, 2006).
If you would like to draw your very own cartoon spider, all you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Spider
Draw a set of long, parallel, curved lines extending from the point where the head and the body meet. Then, extend another set of parallel lines downward from the ends of the first lines. Connect the lines using a short, curved line. This forms the first leg.
Draw a third leg in a similar manner to the first two. This leg will pass behind the previous two legs.
Begin drawing legs on the opposite side. From the body, draw two sets of parallel lines, connected at an angle. Finish the leg by connecting the ends of the lines with a short, curved line.
Many spiders are hairy. Draw hairs on the body of the spider using short, curved lines of various lengths.
Draw a smaller circle within the eye; draw an even smaller circle within the previous circle, and finally a tiny circle in the center. Shade between the middle circle and the tiny circle to form the pupil of the eye.
Give the spider a mouth. Draw two curved lines, connected on each end, to form a smile. Draw and shade a tiny oval at each corner of the mouth. Draw a curved line across the mouth and shade above it to form the tongue.
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