In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Bat (Flying Fox) step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
To draw this Fruit Bat or Flying Fox 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.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a small circle near the lower, left side of the paper as a guide for the flying fox's head. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: On the lower, left side of the head, draw a small sideways arc as a guide for the bat's muzzle. Pay attention to the size of this arc in relation to the circle. Don't make it too long. On top of the flying fox's head, off to the sides, draw two very small arcs as guides for the ears.
Step 3: To the right, draw a bigger circle as a guide for the front part of the body. Use the four-marks method to draw this circle too. This circle should be about twice as big as the flying fox's head. Don't draw the circles too far apart, otherwise the neck will be too long. To the right, draw a circle similar in size to the head as a guide for the back portion of the bat's body. There should be a gap between the body circles. Leave plenty of room above the circles for the wings.
Step 4: Draw a series of lines that connect the circles to complete the guides for the neck and torso. To the right, draw a long, sloping, vertical line as a guide for the flying fox's outstretched hind leg.
Step 5: Above the big circle, draw a long, angled line as a guide for the first part of the flying fox's wing. The bottom of the line should slope to the right and then bend upward at the top. At the top, draw a long line that curves to the right for the top edge of the bat's wing.