Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Tarantula" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the tarantula's body. The circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. The circle on the left should be almost twice as big and should be placed lower than the circle on the right.
Step 2: Draw a couple of arcs and curved lines around the circles to complete the guide for the tarantula's body. Draw a small arc on the right and a big arc on the left. Then connect both shapes with two curved lines.
Step 3: Draw two angled lines under the front part of the tarantula's body as a guide for the first set of legs. The lines bend once at the top and again at the bottom near the tip. The end result should be similar to the letter M.
Step 4: Draw two more angled lines on either side of the tarantula's body as guides for the second set of legs. The leg on the right will be raised, so the guide should have a more vertical orientation.
That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil to get a more defined sketch.