How to Draw a Hedgehog

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The hedgehog is a small mammal native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. This animal is unique in that its back is covered in thousands of hard spines. When it feels threatened, the hedgehog rolls into a ball, presenting only unappetizing spines to its attacker.

Unlike porcupines, the spines of the hedgehog do not come loose and lodge in the skin of an attacker. They are not to be confused with the similarly spined echidna, an egg-laying mammal native to Australia.

Why is it called a hedgehog? The term "hedge" was used because the nocturnal animal often spent its days under hedges or shrubbery, and "hog" because of its piglike snout. Hedgehogs are insectivores, meaning they eat insects. Did you know? a group of hedgehogs is called an array.

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Today, people may keep the hedgehog as a pet, but it also appears in popular culture. Sonic - a blue cartoon hedgehog who can run at lightning speeds - is likely the most famous hedgehog in the world with his companion Shadow claiming a close second.

Long before Sonic was introduced to the world in 1991, Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, wrote of a different hedgehog character in The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

Would you like to draw a hedgehog of your very own? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Hedgehog

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the hedgehog's face. Use overlapping curved lines to craft the side of the face, the upturned snout, and the lower jaw.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 2

2. Begin to sketch the hedgehog's fur. Above the head, use short, curved lines that meet in jagged points to indicate the shaggy fur. Do the same below the head, indicating the fur of the chest and belly.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 3

3. Continue to use short lines of various lengths to craft the fur and pointed spines. Enclose the entire form of the animal in this way.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 4

4. Detail the hedgehog's face. Draw two big, watery eyes, using a circle within a circle for each. Draw an oval and a smaller circle within the inner circle, and shade around these to form the pupil. For the nose, draw an oval at the tip of the snout. Draw a small circle to indicate shine, and shade the nose.

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How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 5

5. Draw a series of short, curved lines connected in jagged points above the face and down the side of the animal. This separates the sharp spines above from the soft fur beneath.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 6

6. Draw "V" shaped lines, some connected and some singular, across the animal's back to indicate the hard spines.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 7

7. Draw the feet using curved lines. Notice how the lines overlap to distinguish the toes.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 8

8. Draw the ears, erasing guide lines as necessary. For each ear, draw a small "C" shaped line within a larger "C" shaped line.

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How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 9

9. Use several "U" shaped lines to form the rear foot, peeking out from under the protective spines. Draw curved lines on each side of the nose to indicate whiskers.

How to Draw Hedgehog: Step 10

10. Color your hedgehog. Most hedgehogs are shades of brown, tan, and grey. Some are also albino, lacking pigment in their fur and thus appearing white in color. If you'd like, you can get creative - color your hedgehog blue like Sonic, or black and red like Shadow.

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