Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Jerboa (Long-Eared)" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
Written 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.
Step 1: Draw a circle near the middle of the page as a guide for the jerboa's body. First make four small marks to indicate its height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a bottle cap or any other object with a circular edge. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: On the top, right side, draw another circle the same way as a guide for the jerboa's head. Make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width, and then connect the marks using curved lines. Pay attention to the size and position of this circle in relation to the first one. It should be just a little bigger.
Step 3: Inside the head, near the bottom, draw a curved line as a guide to help you place the jerboa's facial features later. Add a curved, vertical line on the top, right side of the head for another construction line.
Step 4: On the bottom, right side of the head, draw a V-shaped line as a guide for the jerboa's muzzle.
Step 5: Draw the guide for the jerboa's ear by first making a small mark high above the head, on the left side. Now connect that mark to the head using long, curved lines to form an arc. You can make this guide shorter if you're drawing a species of jerboa with smaller ears. Draw a smaller arc on the right side the same way as a guide for the other ear.