How to Draw a Deer

Deer are a versatile and widespread species. Deer are native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica, and they inhabit climates ranging from jungles to forests and meadows to snowy tundras.

Male deer are called “stags” or “bucks”, females are called “doe”, and the young are known as “fawns”. Most fawns are born with a spotted pattern on their fur, but adult deer of some species, such as the sika and chital deer, also wear spots. Similarly, the males of most species sport antlers, or bony horns, while the females do not – with the exception of the reindeer, in which both males and females have antlers. Once a year, deer shed their antlers to grow a new set.

Deer are known to symbolize grace, beauty, peace, and dignity. Would you like to draw your very own deer? 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.

Throughout this drawing guide, new lines are highlighted in blue. You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes and erase guide lines. You may use paints, crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your completed drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Deer

How to Draw Deer: Step 1

Begin by drawing a small circle. This will form the deer’s head.

How to Draw Deer: Step 2

Below the circle, enclose an irregular shape with a flat bottom. Draw a curved line across the bottom. This shape will become the deer’s mouth.

How to Draw Deer: Step 3

Connect the mouth to the head using two curved lines.

How to Draw Deer: Step 4

From the back of the head and below the mouth, extend sets of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points. These lines will form the deer’s furry neck.

How to Draw Deer: Step 5

Outline the deer’s body using long, curved lines. Allow the lines to meet in a down-turned point.

How to Draw Deer: Step 6

Draw the deer’s front leg using a series of curved lines. Notice how the curves of the joints form blunt points, and how the lines converge inward just above the foot. Don’t forget the shaggy detail of fur where the leg connects to the body.

How to Draw Deer: Step 7

Draw the rear leg using a series of curved lines, paying similar attention to detail around the joints and foot.

How to Draw Deer: Step 8

Draw the far front leg using a series of curved lines.

How to Draw Deer: Step 9

Draw the far rear leg using a series of curved lines.

How to Draw Deer: Step 10

Enclose the shape of the tail using a series of short, curved lines that meet in downward facing points. Then, draw short, curved lines running the length of the tail to add the detail of fur.

How to Draw Deer: Step 11

Using connected, short, curved lines, draw furry detail extending down the deer’s neck and across his belly. Use short, curved lines to add more fur detail to the shoulder.

How to Draw Deer: Step 12

Erase the guide line that crosses the legs and stomach.

How to Draw Deer: Step 13

To draw the ear, extend two long, curved lines diagonally from the head, allowing the lines to meet in a rounded point. Using a curved line, enclose an oval shape to add detail within the ear.

How to Draw Deer: Step 14

Repeat this process to form the second ear on the other side of the head.

How to Draw Deer: Step 15

Erase the guide lines formed by the original small circle.

How to Draw Deer: Step 16

Next, you will draw the antlers. Begin by extending a long, curved line upwards from the head. Extend a shorter line from the head, allowing it to diverge from the first. Draw a third line, beginning at the tip of the second line and extending nearly to the first line. From this point, draw another line parallel to the first, again allowing it to diverge. Repeat this process until you have completed the antler with multiple branches.

How to Draw Deer: Step 17

Repeat this process of drawing parallel lines that diverge and branch to form the deer’s other antler.

How to Draw Deer: Step 18

Draw a curved line across each foot to designate the hoof, and draw a short line upward from the bottom of the hoof to indicate the split. Draw numerous, oval shaped spots of different sizes on the deer’s body.

How to Draw Deer: Step 19

Draw two small ovals on the nose to indicate the nostrils. Draw two teardrop shapes to outline the eyes. Draw an oval within each eye, and a tiny circle within the oval. Shade between the circle and the oval.

How to Draw Deer: Step 20

Color the deer. Most deer are tan or brown with white markings.

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