How to Draw a Three-toed Sloth Side View

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

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All of the tutorials on 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.


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To draw this Sloth 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 Sloth 1

Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the sloth's body. They don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. Pay attention to the placement of the circles. They're close together, and the one on the left should be slightly higher and smaller than the one on the right.

Draw Sloth 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller circle on the upper right side as a guide for the sloth's head.

Draw Sloth 3

Step 3: Draw two intersecting, curved lines inside the sloth's head to help you place the facial features later on.

Draw Sloth 4

Step 4: Draw four lines on top of the body (two above each circle) as guides for the sloth's arms and legs. The lines should be on top because the sloth will be hanging upside-down.

Draw Sloth 5

Step 5: Draw a series of curved lines that connect the major shapes to form the sloth's body.

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