How to Draw a Duck-Billed Platypus Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Platypus step-by-step.

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To draw this Platypus 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

Draw Platypus 1

Step 1: Draw an oval as a guide for the platypus' body. The oval doesn't need to be perfect. It's just a guide.

Draw Platypus 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller oval on the left side as a guide for the platypus' head. This oval should be a little less than half the size of the body and should be placed right next to it.

Draw Platypus 3

Step 3: Draw a small arc on the left side as a guide for the first part of the platypus' bill.

Draw Platypus 4

Step 4: Draw a thinner, longer arc on the left of that as a guide for the rest of the platypus' bill.

Draw Platypus 5

Step 5: Draw a series of lines under the body as guides for the feet. For the platypus' front foot, first draw a long diagonal line, then draw two smaller lines on the left and right. The foot in the back is just four small lines.

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