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How To Draw A Squirrel (Easy Drawing Tutorial For Beginners)

I’ve always thought that squirrels are sneaky creatures. They can pop in and out in seconds if they spot a potential nut but do have to admit that they are absolutely adorable. 

Which is what led me to creating this guide on how to draw a squirrel. 

Just the other day when I spotted one, I knew I had to capture them on paper and I thought it would be awesome if you too can follow along in appreciating them.

This tutorial is great for those who want to get good at drawing animals and for this particular one, I’ve taken it one step further and decided to draw a squirrel that is holding an acorn. 

If you’re excited to get started, all you need to have is a piece of paper and a pencil.

Let’s go.


Squirrel drawing reference

Here’s the squirrel reference we will be using to draw our subject.

To give you a quick breakdown of how we will proceed with this drawing, we will begin by drawing the ears and the head, going onto drawing the first half of the body, then the nut, and lastly drawing the tail.

Steps For Drawing A Squirrel

Step 1

step 1

Draw a curved line first and then at the top of that line, draw two curved lines for the ears making the second ear slightly smaller so that it looks like it’s behind the first. Draw another line within the first curved shape.

Step 2

step 2

Make your way over to the front of the first line you had drawn and add in the nose and draw the top of the mouth by drawing a slightly horizontal line.

Step 3

step 3

From that point, draw a line coming down in an angle and this shape should now look like a V. From the end of that line, draw another line going up. Add one more wavy line going down from that point.

Step 4

step 4

Extend that line but make it more curved as it goes down and this will be the first part of the arm. Draw in the first few fingers of the squirrel and then leave a bit of space and draw the lower half of the arm.

Step 5

step 5

Draw the other two fingers and then draw a roundish shape that joins at the mouth to make it look like the squirrel is holding and eating the nut.

Step 6

step 6

Now head over to the end of the arm and draw a petal shape like this.

Step 7

step 7

From the point of that petal shape, draw the two feet of the squirrel. You can begin drawing the first foot and then the next to make it easier.

Step 8

how to draw a squirrel step 8

Now draw a horizontal line from the point of that petal shape and foot and then draw another curved line that joins at the top of the body.

Step 9

how to draw a squirrel step 9

We’re so close to finishing our squirrel drawing so hang in there. To draw the tail, start by drawing a curved line from the top of the squirrel’s body.

Step 10

how to draw a squirrel step 10

The draw these wavy and jagged lines to create the tail. As you get to the other side, make sure you draw that end more curved in.

Step 11

how to draw a squirrel step 11

From that point draw another curved line coming down that joins with the end of the body.

Step 12

how to draw a squirrel step 12

Add the final touches by including the eye of the squirrel with another line drawn around that for the eyelid and darken the mouth if possible.

This squirrel drawing can now be considered complete and you may proceed to coloring it in if you want to.


Drawing a squirrel may seem like a difficult task at firsthand but once you break it down into sections, it’s much easier to understand how you should go about drawing it.

If you can identify the type of lines you should use and where it should go, drawing any subject becomes way easier.

Did you find this tutorial on how to draw a squirrel easy to follow? What and why did you choose to draw this squirrel?

Let us know your thoughts below.

For now, here are other fun and interesting drawing tutorials you should take a look at:

How To Draw An Acorn Step By Step

How To Draw A Bird

How To Draw An Elephant

How To Draw A Flamingo

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