How to Draw a Cartoon Squirrel

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Squirrels are rodents that can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Some live in trees, while other burrow in the ground. The word squirrel is derived from an ancient Greek word meaning “shadow tail.”

Popular culture and animation has heralded a number of squirrel characters. Chip and Dale, Disney’s chipmunk duo, debuted in 1943. Alvin and the chipmunks were first seen in 1958. Scrat, the prehistoric comic relief in the Ice Age films, hit theaters in 2002.

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Would you like to draw your own cartoon squirrel? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

You may also want to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines, as well as crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Squirrels can range in color from red, brown, and gray, to black, white, or combinations of these colors.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Gorilla, Chicken, and Duck.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Squirrel

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 1

Begin by drawing an oval to outline the squirrel’s head.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 2

Beneath the oval, outline the jaw using a series of curved lines. Allow the lines to meet in jagged points, forming the appearance of fur.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 3

Connect the jaw to the oval using a short, curved line. Outline the top of the jaw using a rounded “M” shaped line.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 4

Erase the guide lines from the face.

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How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 5

Outline the squirrel’s body using a long, curved line. Continue with a series of connected, jagged curved lines at the bottom.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 6

Extend a short, curved line from the head to form the neck. Continue with a long, curved line to form the arm. Draw a series of curved lines parallel to this line, forming the opposite side of the arm.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 7

Use a series of curved lines, connected at jagged points, to nearly enclose a circular shape at the bottom of the figure. This forms the squirrel’s hip. Draw a curved line for the back, connecting the arm to the hip.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 8

Draw a curved line to indicate the hip on the opposite side, allowing for a little jagged fur at the bottom.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 9

Draw a tuft of hair on top of the head using a series of long and short curved lines, allowing the lines to connect in sharp points.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 10

Draw the ears by extending a set of curved lines on each side of the hair. Allow the lines to meet in rounded points.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 11

Erase the guide lines from the ears and hair.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 12

Draw a teardrop shape to form each eye. Within the eye, draw a circle. Then, draw a curved line across the bottom of the circle, and two smaller circles near the top. Shade between the small circles and the line. Draw a few short, curved lines at the top of each eye to form eyelashes.

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How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 13

Draw an upside down, rounded, slightly irregular triangle to form the nose. Draw a wide, rounded “W” shaped line to form the top of the mouth. Enclose an irregular shape beneath the peak of the “W”, and draw a line down the middle of the shape. This forms the squirrel’s large teeth. Draw a “U” shaped line to complete the mouth, and use two curved lines to indicate the tongue.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 14

Give the squirrel an acorn. Draw a curved, rounded, narrow rectangle to form the acorn cap. Enclose a narrow cylindrical shape above the cap to form the stem. Indicate the far arm using a curved line. Draw the squirrel’s hand, using narrow “U” shaped lines to form the fingers. Finally, outline the shape of the acorn itself using two curved lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 15

Erase the guide lines from the acorn.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 16

Draw a curved line above each eye to indicate the eyebrows. Enclose each foot using a series of curved lines, allowing the lines to overlap and form the toes.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 17

Begin the squirrel’s bushy tail by drawing a curved line from the hip to the face, and another extending from the side of the head.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 18

Draw a series of curved lines to enclose the tail, some meeting in jagged points. Note how the lines at the top of the tail overlap, forming a cleft.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 19

Detail each ear using two curved lines. Extend curved lines from the face to the arm, the arm to the hip, and the hip to the tip of the tail.

How to Draw Cartoon Squirrel: Step 20

Color your cartoon squirrel.

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