How to Draw an Arctic Fox

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The arctic fox is also known as the white fox, snow fox, or polar fox. It lives in the cold northern polar regions of the world. In times past, it has been sought after for the beauty of its snow white fur.

Arctic foxes eat both meat and plants. They live in burrows in the ground, and are active during the day and night.

Arctic foxes are capable of withstanding freezing temperatures that many other animals could not. It is the only dog whose foot pads are covered in fur, and it is known to wrap its tail around itself in order to keep warm.

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Cartoon characters based on the Arctic fox are not uncommon. The Pokémon Vulpix and Ninetales bear similarities to the Arctic fox. Marvel Comics also hosts a Korean superhero called White Fox.

Would you like to draw a sleek Arctic fox? This easy, step-by-step fox drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ an Arctic Fox

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle to outline the fox’s head.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 2

2. Draw a wide “U” shaped line overlapping the top of the head. Then, draw curved lines from the ends of the “U” to the circle, enclosing rounded triangles. These will form the fox’s ears. Draw a wide “U” shaped line beneath the circle, and connect it to the circle using short curved lines connected in jagged points. This forms the fox’s muzzle and jaw.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 3

3. Enclose a rounded shape beneath the head using a series of short curved lines connected in jagged points. The lines should connect at the bottom in the downward facing point. This forms the fox’s furry chest, sometimes called a ruff.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 4

4. Using a long curved line, enclose a rounded shape below and to one side of the ruff. This indicates the fox’s body.

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How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 5

5. Extend two sets of parallel lines downward from the body, forming the legs. Enclose a foot at the bottom of each leg, using multiple curved lines to indicate the toes.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 6

6. Draw two curved lines within the body, forming an incomplete circle. This is the fox’s hip or haunches. Connect the lines by drawing the fox’s foot, using several short curved lines to indicate the toes.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 7

7. Erase guide lines from the fox’s face and body.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 8

8. Extend two long curved lines upward from the back of the fox’s body. Allow the lines to meet at a gentle point, forming the bushy tail. Use short curved lines connected in jagged points to enclose a rounded diamond shape at the tip of the tail.

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How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 9

9. Detail the fox’s face and body. Enclose triangles within each ear to form the inner ear. Use short lines to add the texture of fur to the ears, face, chest, and tail. Draw a rounded shape to form the eyes, and shade darkened points on each side. Use a curved line across each eye to form the eyelid, and a shaded circle within a circle to indicate the pupils. Enclose curved shapes for the eyebrows and a rounded shape for the nose. Use a curved “W” shaped line to indicate the mouth.

How to Draw Arctic Fox: Step 10

Color your Arctic fox. In winter, Arctic foxes are a snowy white, but their summer coats are grey. The foxes may appear spotted when shedding one coat for another.

You’ll find many more Arctic animals, such as whales and polar bears, and the fox’s cousins, such as coyotes and wolves, in our selection of animal drawing guides.

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