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How to Draw a Guinea Pig

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Guinea pigs are small rodents native to South America. They were domesticated around 3,000 years ago. They were kept by the Inca, and they are still kept indoors and outdoors today - both as pets and as a food source. Guinea pigs were taken to Europe around the sixteenth century, where they became popular pets.

Unlike most rodents, guinea pigs maintain a strictly vegetarian diet. The domestic species of guinea pig no longer exists in the wild, but five non-domesticated species do.

Where did the name "guinea pig" come from? The term "pig" was likely given because of the squealing sound the animal makes, similar to its namesake. The term "guinea" is less certain. It could have been that a coin known as a guinea was the price paid for the animal in Europe, or it could have been a mispronunciation of "Giana," a region where guinea pigs were collected. Or, it could have been due to the fact that the ships, called Guineamen, stopped in Guinea, a country in Africa, on their way back to Europe.

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Guinea pigs occasionally feature in popular culture. Notable examples include the Japanese anime cartoon series Hamtaro, and the film G-Force (2009).

Would you like to draw a cute and cuddly guinea pig? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Koala, Otter, and Raccoon.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will help you to shape the guinea pig's head.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 02

2. Using a long, curved line, enclose a large, irregular form to one side of the head. Notice the two bulges on the bottom side of the shape that will become the legs.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 03

3. Contour and extend the shape of the head. Within the circle, sketch a more detailed form. Then, use two overlapping curved lines to enclose the shape of the snout and mouth.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 04

4. Erase the guide lines, leaving a globular outline.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 05

5. Sketch in the guinea pig's foreleg, erasing guide lines as necessary. Use two curved lines to indicate the shoulder and upper leg. Connect them using an overlapping series of "U" shaped lines. Finally, use three long, narrow "U" shaped lines to enclose the toes.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 06

6. Draw the far foreleg extending from behind the neck. Use overlapping curved lines to craft the furry leg as before. Then, overlap several narrow "U" shaped lines to enclose the toes and foot.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 07

7. Sketch the rear feet. For the near foot, outline the foot using two curved lines. Connect them using "U" shaped lines to form toes. For the far foot, enclose two or more toes, partially hidden by the body, using curved lines.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 08

8. Detail the guinea pig's face. Draw a circle within a circle to form the large, watery eye. Draw an oval and a tiny circle within the smaller circle, and shade around them to form the pupil. Use long, curved lines to enclose the ears. Draw a rounded shape on the snout to form the nose. Draw a small oval to indicate a shine, and shade the nose.

Guinea Pig drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 09

9. Add details of fur along the curves of the guinea pig's body. Use series of short lines that connect in jagged points. Then, draw whiskers extending from the nose using long, curved lines.

Complete Guinea Pig drawing
How to Draw a Guinea Pig Step 10

10. Color your guinea pig. These small mammals come in a range of colors, including black, white, cream, grey, and brown. They may also display combinations of these colors, marked with spots, blotches, patches, and rosettes.

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