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There are more than forty species of foxes spread throughout the world. In many cultures, foxes are known for their cunning and trickiness, and are often the subject of mythology and folklore. The fox is actually a small species of dog, but foxes have abilities other dogs lack, such as digging complete burrows in the ground and climbing trees.
In recent years, the silver subspecies of the red fox has been domesticated in Russia. Interestingly, domestic foxes begin showing traits common to many domestic dogs, such as floppy ears, and changes in coloration, including spots.
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In this simple, step-by-step drawing guide, you will learn to draw your very own fox. You will need only a drawing implement, such as a pen or pencil, and a piece of paper. You may also want to have an eraser handy, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.
In each step of this easy drawing tutorial, you will notice that previously drawn lines are shown in black, while new lines are highlighted in blue. When you complete your drawing, you can shade it using crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Fox
Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the fox's head.
Within the circle, draw two curved lines.
Connect the lines using two "U" shaped, curved lines. Draw another curved line beneath the first two. This will form the fox's snout.
Erase the guide line from the snout.
Draw an irregular rounded shape within the snout to form the nose. Connect the nose to the mouth and sides of the snout using three short, curved lines.
Draw the fur of the fox's neck and chest. Begin by extending a curved line from the snout. Then, use a series of short, curved lines, extending downward and meeting in sharp, jagged points.
Repeat this process on the opposite side, forming a roughly upside-down triangle shape.
Draw fur on each side of the fox's head by extending short, curved lines that meet in jagged points from each side of the circle.
Erase the guide lines formed by the original circle.
Draw the ears. For each ear, extend two curved lines upward from the head, allowing the lines to meet in rounded points.
Erase the guide lines from the ears.
Outline the body by extending a series of curved lines diagonally from the head and chest. Allow the lines to meet in jagged points to form the detail of fur.
Outline the legs. From the triangular tuft of fur on the chest, extend two curved lines downward. From the shoulder, extend a series of curved lines, allowing a jagged fur detail to form at the top. At the base of the body, draw the rear leg in a sitting position by drawing an open circular figure. Add some jagged fur detail to the top of the open circle. Beneath it, extend a set of curved lines to form the rear foot.
Connect the leg lines by drawing toes on each foot. To draw the toes, use a series of connected, "U" shaped lines.
Add furry detail to your fox. Draw a curved line down the length of each ear, and add jagged fur detail at its base. Draw short, jagged lines through the chest, across the shoulder, and across the top of each foreleg.
Draw a series of short and long curved lines, meeting in points, across the bottom of the body. This begins to form the tail.
Use a series of curved lines to enclose the tail, beginning at the base of the back.
Using short, curved lines, draw a jagged zigzag pattern across the tip of the tail. Draw a curved triangle at the tip of each toe to form the claws. Shade the claws.
Draw a flattened circle on each side of the nose to form the eyes. Within each eye, draw a tiny circle within a large circle. Shade the area between the two circles. Draw a curved line above each eye to form eyebrows.
Color your fox. The familiar red fox is often red or orange with white or cream colored patches, but other species of fox come in many colors, including white, brown, black, and grey.
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