How to Draw a Mouse

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Mice have been a cartoon staple for over 100 years. From familiar characters such Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry, to many others – the rats of NIHM, the Great Mouse Detective, and the Rescuers, just to name a few – these cute creatures have captured our hearts and our imaginations.

Would you like to be able to draw a cartoon mouse? Use this step-by-step tutorial to learn to draw your very own cute mouse cartoon. This mouse’s large, expressive eyes endow it with a sense of visual depth and emotion.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

What will you need to begin? You will need only a few supplies – a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pencil, markers, or a pen. After you’ve finished, you may color in your mouse to truly bring your sketch to life.

In the illustrated guide below, the new marks in each step are highlighted in blue. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early marks as you go along. Once you have mastered this mouse, why not experiment with changing the position of his head, arms, or tail. Soon, you will be able to use your mouse cartoon for any project you may desire.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Rat, Elephant, and Baby Dragon.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Mouse

How to Draw Mouse: Step 1

Begin by drawing a circle.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 2

To the left of the circle, draw a curved line, sloping downward.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 3

Draw a similar line on the right side.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 4

Erase the guidelines formed by the original circle, leaving open spots on the top and bottom.


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How to Draw Mouse: Step 5

Draw the ears using two curved lines. To create depth, one ear will be much larger and more rounded than the other.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 6

Detail the inside of the ears using four curved lines – one on the far ear and three on the near ear.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 7

Give your mouse some hair. Use four lines to draw two curved triangles between the ears.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 8

Erase the guidelines from within the hair.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 9

Use a long, curved line to form the mouse’s neck and body.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 10

Begin to shape the mouse’s upper leg using two curved lines within the body shape, bringing these to a point at the bottom.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 11

Draw the feet. Use one curved line to form each foot. The feet will be shaped like half ovals.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 12

Draw the arms using two curved lines. The arms hang downwards from the middle of the body.


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How to Draw Mouse: Step 13

Erase the guideline from within the left arm.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 14

Add detail to your mouse’s toes. On each hand and foot, use two short, curved lines to separate the hand into three fingers and the foot into three toes.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 15

Draw the tail using two long, curving lines. Each line will be shaped like a loose letter “S,” and the lines will meet in a point behind the mouse’s head.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 16

Draw the nose at the tip of the snout. The nose should be an irregular circular, slightly pointed on the right and bottom.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 17

Draw the eye by placing a large circle in the middle of the head.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 18

Give your mouse whiskers. First, draw three dots below the nose. Then, use two long curving lines to extend whiskers from the face, near the dots. Use two shorter curved lines to place whiskers on the far side of the face.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 19

Draw the pupil of the eye. Begin with a slightly smaller circle within the large eye circle. Draw two small ovals on opposite sides of the pupil, one larger than the other. Shade the pupil.

How to Draw Mouse: Step 20

Complete your mouse with color. A suggested color scheme involves shading the mouse in brown or gray, and coloring the inside of the ears pink.

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