In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Prairie Dog 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 Prairie Dog 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 Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing a circle as a guide for the prairie dog's body. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the 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 coin or a bottle cap. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw circles check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: Inside the head, draw a curved horizontal line. This is a construction guide that will help you place the prairie dog's facial features later on. Place this line close to the top edge of the head circle. On the top, left side, draw a short, vertical line for another construction guide.
Step 3: Under the horizontal guide, draw a small circle as a guide for the prairie dog's muzzle. Pay attention to the size and position of this circle in relation to the head circle. The top edge of this circle should overlap the horizontal construction guide.
Step 4: Far down below the head, draw a bigger circle as a guide for the lower part of the prairie dog's body. Use the four marks method to draw this circle too. This circle should be about two times the size of the head circle. Connect this circle to the head using curved vertical lines to finish the guide for the body.
Step 5: Inside the body, near the middle, draw a short, angled line as a guide for the prairie dog's first front leg. Bend this line to indicate where the joints will be. On the left side of the body, draw a short, curved line as a guide for the other front leg. Under the body, draw two lines that slope to the left side as guide for the feet. On the lower, left side of the body, draw a short, horizontal line as a guide for the tail.