How to Draw an Axolotl

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Are you looking for cute cartoon axolotl drawing ideas? This creature, which looks more like a Pokémon than a real animal, has taken popular culture by storm. Why? Because its smiling face is so cute!

But wait, what's an axolotl? It is a salamander native to lakes and ponds of Mexico. Despite their lizard-like appearance, Salamanders are amphibians, like frogs, with a similar egg-tadpole-adult lifecycle. Its name can be translated "water servant."

Several features make axolotls unique. One is their brightly colored gills, which fringe their heads like a poison-spitting dinosaur from Jurassic Park. They remain in a "larval" stage throughout adulthood, retaining these external gills and characteristic tadpole tail. If they lose a limb, they can completely regrow it.

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Axolotls are critically endangered. Their native habitat is limited to about 10 square kilometers, and this is being encroached upon and polluted by humans.

A recent study found no axolotls living in the wild. But scientists have been able to breed axolotls in captivity, and they are working to keep the species alive by releasing individuals back into protected portions of its native range.

So, the axolotl is too rare to keep as a pet. You might be able to see one in a zoo. But you can definitely learn to draw one.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Seahorse, Stingray, and Frog.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Axolotl

Axolotl drawing - step 1
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1. Begin by drawing the features of the salamander's face. Draw a wide curved line for the smiling mouth and cap it with short curved lines on the ends. Above, the mouth, draw the eyes. For each, enclose a small oval within a larger one, and shade between them. Draw a curved line below each eye to contour the cheek.

Axolotl drawing - step 2
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2. Outline the shape of the axolotl's face. Use a long curved line for the top of the head, and another for the cheek and jaw. Then, draw the external gills, sometimes referred to as "head ferns" by axolotl enthusiasts. Use a pair of curved lines for each gill, and connect them with short lines at the bottom.

Axolotl drawing - step 3
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3. Use wavy curved lines to enclose the gill filaments.

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4. Draw the gills on the opposite side of the head, using a pair of curved lines for each. Begin drawing the gill filaments using a wavy curved line.

Axolotl drawing - step 5
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5. Draw the filaments of the remaining gills, using a wavy curved line for each. Then, outline the body. Extend a long curved line above and below the head.

Axolotl drawing - step 6
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6. Draw the foreleg. Use pairs of curved lines for the upper and lower leg, noting bend of the elbow. Enclose the fingers using "U" shaped lines. Then, extend the belly and begin the rear leg using curved lines.

Axolotl drawing - step 7
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7. Complete the rear leg, using a series of short curved lines to form the toes and back of the leg. Then, use two long curved lines that meet at a point to enclose the large, tadpole-like tail. Notice how the line of the tail overlaps with the animal's back.

Axolotl drawing - step 8
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8. Contour the side of the body with curved lines. Then, use curved lines to draw the remaining foreleg.

Axolotl drawing - step 9
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9. Enclose the remaining rear foot using a series of curved lines. Then, draw two long curved lines down the center of the tail, allowing them to meet at a point.

Complete Axolotl drawing
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Color your cute cartoon axolotl. Axolotls are usually white or light pink in color with bright pink to red gills. Some are dark brown with black speckles.

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