How to Draw a Red-Eared Slider Turtle Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Turtle (Red-Eared Slider) step-by-step.

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To draw this Turtle step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

Below you can watch a NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are Written out within the video:

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.

Draw Turtle 1

Step 1: Draw an oval on its side as a guide for the red-eared slider turtle's shell. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide.

Draw Turtle 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller oval on the top right side as a guide for the turtle's head.

Draw Turtle 3

Step 3: Draw two lines that connect the two ovals and form the red-eared slider turtle's neck.

Draw Turtle 4

Step 4: Under the big oval, draw two angled lines as guides for the turtle's feet.

Draw Turtle 5

Step 5: Draw a small line on the right side of the big oval for the turtle's tail.

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