Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Spider" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a small circle as a guide for the spider's head/thorax or cephalothorax. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide.
Step 2: Above the circle, draw an oval as a guide for the spider's abdomen. Again, it's only a guide, so don't worry about making it perfect.
Step 3: Draw four lines pointing down below the circle as guides for the first four legs. Bend the lines slightly at the base and try to make them the same size on either side. The size of the line will dictate the size of the spider's legs later. The longer the lines, the longer the legs.
Step 4: Draw four lines above the first four as guides for the spider's remaining legs. Remember to bend the lines slightly and to make them equal in size on either side.
That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil for a more defined sketch.