How to Draw a Turtle

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This time we are going to draw a cute cartoon turtle. Our step-by-step turtle drawing tutorial has 15 steps and is also suited for kids and all budding artists.

We will use basic shapes (circles, rectangles) to outline the rough shape of the turtle. With the help of the shapes, it will be easy to create the drawing with the correct proportions.

Sketch with a light hand at first as the simple shapes will be erased later.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Dory, Whale, and Cartoon Fish.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Turtle

How to Draw Turtle: Step 1

Start with a long straight line across the paper. On the right side, draw a small half-oval, and on the left, a big oval.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 2

Draw four rectangles below the body for the turtle’s legs.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 3

Draw a line across the head and another one that connects with the front leg.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 4

Draw narrow triangles next to the legs.

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How to Draw Turtle: Step 5

Outline the tail with a V-shape.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 6

Draw two tilted ovals for the eyes and an arc with two dots for the nose. Smooth out the chin with a curving line.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 7

Draw curving lines around the legs to make them look more organic.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 8

Draw a curved line at the underside of the tail.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 9

Draw an oval inside the head area and an arc below the neck.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 10

Erase the extra lines at the legs and face. Add a curving line above the neck and short lines for the toes.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 11

Draw two short vertical lines at the front and back of the body. Add two short arcs for the eyebrows and a triangle for the mouth outline. Also, draw a curving line on top of the tail.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 12

Add short arcs at the front and back of the body and draw a long arc connecting these.

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How to Draw Turtle: Step 13

Erase the extra lines at the bottom of the turtle’s shell. Draw a triangle on the shell.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 14

Curve the back of the shell down in a sharper angle and erase the old line. Sketch a cute mouth shape.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 15

Add the turtle shell pattern, draw the eyes with pupils, and the outline of the tongue.

How to Draw Turtle: Step 16

Your cute cartoon turtle drawing is complete. Color it with your favorite colors.

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