In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an Axolotl step-by-step.
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To draw this Axolotl 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: Draw an oval as a guide for the axolotl's head. To draw the oval, first make four marks to determine the oval's height and width. Make sure that the marks for the oval's width are farther apart than the marks for the oval's length. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. Inside the head, draw two intersecting lines as construction guides to help you determine the placement of the facial features later. Curve the lines ton contour to the shape of the head and pay attention to their placements.
Step 2: To the left, draw two curved lines as guides for the front part of the axolotl's body. These lines should be similar to ovals behind the head. The body is receding back, so draw these shapes higher than the head.
Step 3: Farther to the left, draw a shorter, curved line as a guide for the back portion of the axolotl's body. This line should be similar to an arc on its side. To the left of that, draw two long lines that curve to the left as a guide for the tail. The tail should be long in relation to the body.
Step 4: Draw three lines on either side of the axolotl's head as guides for the external gills. Pay attention to the positions and lengths of these lines on the head. Under the body, draw three short lines as guides for the legs. Bend the lines on the right to indicate the joints on the legs. Axolotls have short legs, so don't draw these lines too long.
That's it for the guides! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of an axolotl.
Step 5: Inside the head, draw two small circles for the axolotl's eyes. Place the eyes on top of the horizontal guide and on either side of the vertical guide. Add a smaller circle inside each eye and shade them in for the pupils. Make the eye on the right slightly smaller and flatter. Below the eyes, draw a wavy, horizontal line for the mouth. Pay attention to how long the line is and how it curves. Sketch all these shapes lightly at first an only darken the lines when you get them right. Above the mouth, draw two tiny circles for the nostrils. Add a few lines under the mouth for creases on the skin.
Step 6: Use the first oval as a guide to draw the axolotl's head. Follow the basic path of the oval as you draw the head but make the top, right side thinner. Curve the lines to the right of the mouth. Don't connect the lines on the top, left side.