In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw the head detail of a Koala 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 Koala portrait 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 big circle as a guide for the koala's head. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a bowl or a cup. 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: Draw a curved, horizontal line across the circle as a guide to help you place the koala's facial features later. A little to the left of center, draw a long, curved, vertical line for another construction guide.
Step 3: Draw a small circle on top of the horizontal line and to the left of the vertical line as a guide for the first eye. Use the construction lines as guides to help you determine the size and positions of the koala's eyes. Far off to the right, draw another small circle as a guide for the other eye.
Step 4: Draw a big oval below where the construction lines intersect as a guide for the koala's nose. Use the four-marks method to draw this oval too. Place the top and bottom marks farther away than side marks. The nose should be closer to the eye on the left. Pay attention to how big the nose is in relation to the koala's head.
Step 5: On either side of the head, draw a big circle as guides for the ears. You can use the four-marks method to draw these circles too. Don't overlap the edge of the head. The circle on the right should be bigger than the one on the left. Don't draw the koala's ear circles too high up.