How to Draw a Groundhog

Easy, step by step Groundhog drawing tutorial
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"How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
It would chuck as much as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood."
- Children's nursery rhyme

The groundhog or woodchuck is a type of rodent, a marmot or ground squirrel. Groundhogs live across North America and can even be seen in urban areas. They can weigh 6 kg (13 lbs) and feed on plants.

In the United States and Canada, legend has it that the groundhog can predict the weather. Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. It is thought that if the animal sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

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This is based on superstitions from the Middle Ages in Europe in which the bear or badger emerged from hibernation - if the weather was sunny and he saw his shadow, winter continued. If it were cloudy, the weather would be mild.

This tradition was famously portrayed in the 1993 film Groundhog Day. Groundhogs also feature as Geico insurance mascots in popular commercials in which the woodchucks are actually "chucking" or throwing pieces of wood.

Various answers have been given to the "How Much Wood?" nursery rhyme, including 700 pounds (320 kg) or 362 cubic cm (22 cubic inches) of wood.

Would you like to draw a cute cartoon groundhog? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing tutorial can show you how. What tools will you need?

Only a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also want to color your finished picture.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Porcupine, Guinea Pig, and Otter.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Groundhog

Groundhog drawing - step 1
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the woodchuck's face. Use a long curved line for the front of the face. Draw "V" shaped lines to indicate tufts of fur on top of the head. At the bottom, draw a shorter curved line to outline the mouth. Use curved lines to contour the side of the mouth, the division of the lip, and the rounded, inverted triangle shape of the nose.

Groundhog drawing - step 2
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 2

2. Use curved lines to outline the ears and to contour the inside of them. Draw an oval to indicate the eye, and shade a partial oval within it to form the pupil. Draw a curved line above the eye to form the eyebrow.

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Groundhog drawing - step 3
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 3

3. Enclose a curved rectangle below the mouth to form the protruding teeth. Draw a line down the center to divide the two teeth. Then, draw a series of curved lines to sketch the furry lower jaw.

Groundhog drawing - step 4
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 4

4. Use long, overlapping curved lines to outline the back and front of the animal.

Groundhog drawing - step 5
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 5

5. Sketch the arm or foreleg. Use a long curved line for the top of the arm, and overlapping curved lines for the fingers or toes. Draw a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to form the furry back of the arm. Draw short lines where the arm attaches to the body.

Groundhog drawing - step 6
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 6

6. Use a series of overlapping and jagged curved lines to sketch the remaining arm. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to draw a tuft of fur on the chest.

Groundhog drawing - step 7
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 7

7. Draw a series of overlapping curved lines of different lengths at the base of the animal's torso. This indicates the dirt surrounding the hole he hides in.

Groundhog drawing - step 8
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 8

8. Draw more curved lines, indicating more dirt. Extend pairs of curved lines that meet at points, forming blades of grass.

Groundhog drawing - step 9
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 9

9. Contour the dirt with "C" shaped lines and small pebble-like ovals. Draw more grass on the opposite side.

Complete Groundhog drawing
How to Draw Groundhog: Step 10

Color your cartoon groundhog. They are typically light brown in color. Sometimes, groundhogs are solid black or white.

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