How to Draw a Cartoon Spider

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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Spiderman Logo, Spiderman, and Spider Web wih Spider.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Spider

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 1

Begin by drawing an oval to form the spider’s head.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 2

Draw a curved line above the oval, from one side to the other. This circular shape behind the oval will form the spider’s body.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 3

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 4

Next, draw a second leg extending from behind the first. Draw two long, parallel lines, with another shorter set of parallel lines extending from the first at a downward angle. Connect the lines using a short, curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 5

Draw a third leg in a similar manner to the first two. This leg will pass behind the previous two legs.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 6

Draw a fourth leg, again using the pattern of parallel lines. This leg will pass behind the previous legs.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 7

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 8

Draw a second leg extending from the bend of the first, using parallel lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 9

Draw a third leg passing behind the first two legs.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 10

Draw a fourth leg passing behind the previous legs. Your spider now has eight legs. This is how you know it is a spider – all spiders have eight legs, while insects have only six.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 11

Many spiders are hairy. Draw hairs on the body of the spider using short, curved lines of various lengths.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 12

Draw a circle on one side of the spider’s face to form the first eye.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 13

Draw a circle on the other side to form the second eye.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 14

Draw an eyebrow above each eye using two short, curved lines, connected on each end in a sharp point.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 15

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 16

Repeat this process of drawing circles and shading within the other eye to form a mirror image.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 17

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 18

Draw tiny hairs on the legs using short, curved lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 19

Repeat this process of drawing hairs on the opposite side, forming a mirror image.

How to Draw Cartoon Spider: Step 20

Color your spider. Will he be brown or black, yellow or green, with stripes or spots? Be creative, for how you color your spider is up to you.

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