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How to Draw a Chipmunk

Easy, step by step Chipmunk drawing tutorial
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Chipmunks are one of the most common rodents in the United States. Many people see chipmunks in their backyard along with birds and squirrels. The distinct brown-and-white stripes in their fur makes chipmunks instantly recognizable.

Chipmunks have large cheek pouches that they use to gather food. Their cute appearance and lively personalities have inspired cartoon characters like Alvin and the Chipmunks. Use this guide to draw your own cartoon chipmunk at home.

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To draw a cartoon chipmunk, you'll need a pencil for the first sketch, then a black pen or marker so you can outline your drawing.

Make sure you have brown pens, colored pencils, markers or crayons so you can color the chipmunk's fur. You can make your chipmunk look realistic or get creative with the colors.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Badger, Ferret, and Groundhog.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chipmunk

Chipmunk drawing - step 1
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Start with a teardrop shape with a filled-in circle inside. Add a loose circle to the right, then sketch a curved line over the shapes that you just drew.

Chipmunk drawing - step 2
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Draw a wide U-shape followed by a curved line. On the top of the head, draw half an oval and close it with a straight line to make the right ear. Repeat the process for the left ear, then draw a curved line for the back of the head.

Chipmunk drawing - step 3
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Sketch a large loop for the body. For the right arm, draw two dashed lines with tufts of fur between them. Draw another line that curves upward and ends with the first finger.

Chipmunk drawing - step 4
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Use thin oval shapes with pointy ends to make the fingers. Make sure the fingers overlap. To draw the nut, draw a large elongated oval that resembles a tongue. Sketch two lines inside the nut to add depth.

Chipmunk drawing - step 5
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Add a few loops inside the nut, then draw a large loop for the top of the left leg. Use curved lines to connect the leg to the rest of the body.

Chipmunk drawing - step 6
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Use short, sketchy lines for the left side of the leg. Make a wide, sweeping line for the bottom of the foot, and use rough triangle shapes for the overlapping toes. Connect the foot to the leg with a slight curve.

Chipmunk drawing - step 7
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Near the left leg, draw a curve that ends in a squiggly line. Use thick ovals to make the toes on the right foot.

Chipmunk drawing - step 8
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. To draw the tail, use curved, squiggly lines like ripples on the surface of a lake. Avoid making the lines too sharp or angular.

Chipmunk drawing - step 9
chipmunk step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Sketch more lines across the body to give the fur more texture. Use a combination of curved, jagged and squiggly lines.

Complete Chipmunk drawing

10. Outline your drawing with a black pen or marker, then erase the pencil lines.

Now that you've completed your cartoon chipmunk, color the fur light brown with tan and dark brown accents. Use rosy pink for the nose and light yellow for the nut.

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