How to Draw a Common Brown Rat Side View

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

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To draw this Rat 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 Rat 1

Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the rat's body. The circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide.

Draw Rat 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller circle on the left as a guide for the rat's head. This circle should be about a quarter the size of the first one. The two circles should be pretty close together.

Draw Rat 3

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

Draw Rat 4

Step 4: Draw a U-shaped arc on the lower left side of the head as a guide for the rat's muzzle.

Draw Rat 5

Step 5: Draw two arcs on the rat's head as guides for the ears. The arcs are similar to an upside-down letter U. Use the intersecting lines as guides for the ears' placement.

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