In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Flying Squirrel step-by-step.
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To draw this Flying Squirrel 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 flying squirrel'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. Inside the head draw two lines as construction guides to help you place the facial features later on.
Step 2: Under the horizontal guide, draw a small circle as a guide for the squirrel's muzzle. On top of the head, draw two small triangular shapes as guides for the ears. Pay attention to the sizes and positions of these shapes in relation to the head circle.
Step 3: To the right of the head, draw a bigger circle as a guide for the top part of the flying squirrel'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. On the bottom, right side, draw a long, curved line as a guide for the lower part of the body. This guide should be similar to an upside-down arc.
Step 4: On the top part of the body, near the head, draw two long lines as guide for the squirrel's front legs. On the tips of the lines, draw a couple of curved shapes as guides for the feet. Draw similar shapes at the bottom of the body but make the guides for the feet longer. The squirrel will have its limbs stretched out as it glides, so pay attention to the lengths and positions of these lines in relation to the body.
Step 5: Connect the legs on the sides using two long lines to create the guides for the flying squirrel's skin flaps. Flying squirrels don't really fly, they use these skin flaps to glide from tree to tree. The end result should be similar to a big square around the body. Under the body, draw a line that curves to the left as a guide for the tail.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a flying squirrel.
Step 6: Inside the head, lightly sketch two small circles for the squirrel's eyes. Use the initial lines as guides to help you place the eyes inside the head. The eye on the left should be smaller and thinner because the head is turned. When you get the size and position of the eyes right, darken the shapes. Inside each eye, off to the side draw a tiny circle for highlights. Shade the eyes but don't overlap the tiny highlight circles. Make the middle of the eyes slightly darker for the pupils. Add a few small, curved lines around the rodent's eyes for a bit of the bare skin and fur.
Step 7: Inside the muzzle, near the middle, lightly sketch a small oval for the flying squirrel's nose. When you get the size and position right, darken the shape but make it curvier at the bottom and add short strokes at the top for fur. Under the nose, draw a wavy line for the mouth. Use short strokes to draw the mouth for a furry texture. Continue to draw strokes along the side of the small circle for the muzzle. Add strokes above the nose to emphasize the shape of the muzzle. Under the mouth, draw a short, curved line for the chin.
Step 8: Use the small, triangular shapes on the head as guides to draw the squirrel's ears. Darken the guides but make the sides curvier. Draw a few lines inside the shapes to give the ears more structure. Add a series of short strokes along the bottom of the shapes to create a furry texture.