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How to Draw a Hamster

Easy, step by step Hamster drawing tutorial
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Hamsters are small rodents often kept at pets. They are similar in appearance gerbils and the larger guinea pigs, which are also childhood pets. They are well-known for running on hamster wheels and stuffing food into their bulging cheeks.

Did you know? There are 18 different species of hamsters. They are native to Europe and Asia. Today's pet hamsters seem to be the descendants of a single pair of golden hamsters captured in Syria. Hamsters were successfully domesticated during the early 1900s. A group of hamsters is called a "horde." Their lifespan is about two to three years.

Animated hamsters often appear in children's film and television media. The anime series Hamtaro features the adventures of the title character and his friends as they protect each other and their owners. In the Disney film Bolt, the title character is assisted by a hamster named Rhino who is afraid to leave his ball. The guinea pigs of G Force encounter an antagonistic hamster. The "Hamster Dance" became one of the earliest internet memes when it surfaced in 1998.

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Would you like to draw an adorable cartoon hamster? This easy, step-by-step cartoon pet drawing guide is here to show you how. 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: Guinea Pig, Otter, and Mouse.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Hamster

Hamster drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Hamster Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the hamster's head.

Hamster drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Hamster Step 02

2. Erase a small portion of the circle. Draw the hamster's ears using curved lines that double back upon themselves. Detail the near ear with a curved line.

Hamster drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Hamster Step 03

3. Detail the hamster's face. Draw two ovals to form the eyes, shading all but a small circle within each. Shade thick curved lines above each eye to form the eyebrows. Draw an inverted triangle with rounded corners to form the nose. Draw a curved line across it to give the nose a three-dimensional appearance.

Hamster drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Hamster Step 04

4. Erase the side of the circle at the front of the face. Draw a long, curved line to outline the chubby cheek. Below the cheek, use curved lines to outline the arm, paw, and fingers.

Hamster drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Hamster Step 05

5. Use curved lines to outline the remaining arm, paw, and fingers.

Hamster drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Hamster Step 06

6. Erase the remaining side of the circle. Draw a long, curved line from below the ear to form the back of the head, neck, back, and haunches. Spiral the line to outline the bent leg.

Hamster drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Hamster Step 07

7. Draw to overlapping lines to complete the outline of the hamster, forming the belly and the remaining leg.

Hamster drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Hamster Step 08

8. Draw curved lines beneath the legs and double them back upon themselves to form the feet. Draw curved lines at the tips to differentiate the toes.

Hamster drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Hamster Step 09

9. Draw curved lines to enclose spots around the eyes and on the rump. Draw an inverted, rounded triangle between the hands to enclose the shape of the open mouth. Enclose a curved shape within the mouth and a line down its center to indicate the large incisor teeth. Finally, draw a circle between the hands, partially hidden by the teeth, to indicate the food on which the hamster is snacking.

Complete Hamster drawing
How to Draw a Hamster Step 10

Color your cartoon hamster. Hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs can be spotted, solid-colored, or striped. Common colors include white, cream, tan, brown, grey, and black.

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