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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.
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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.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Turtle
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.
Draw four rectangles below the body for the turtle’s legs.
Draw a line across the head and another one that connects with the front leg.
Draw narrow triangles next to the legs.
Outline the tail with a V-shape.
Draw two tilted ovals for the eyes and an arc with two dots for the nose. Smooth out the chin with a curving line.
Draw curving lines around the legs to make them look more organic.
Draw a curved line at the underside of the tail.
Draw an oval inside the head area and an arc below the neck.
Erase the extra lines at the legs and face. Add a curving line above the neck and short lines for the toes.
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.
Add short arcs at the front and back of the body and draw a long arc connecting these.
Erase the extra lines at the bottom of the turtle’s shell. Draw a triangle on the shell.
Curve the back of the shell down in a sharper angle and erase the old line. Sketch a cute mouth shape.
Add the turtle shell pattern, draw the eyes with pupils, and the outline of the tongue.
Your cute cartoon turtle drawing is complete. Color it with your favorite colors.
Printable Drawing Tutorial
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