In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Crab step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
To draw and color this Crab 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.
The 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 in the middle of the paper as a guide for the brown crab's body. First make four marks to determine the circle's 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 lid. 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: Draw the guides for the sides of the body by first making a small mark on the left side. Now connect the circle to the mark using curved lines. The shape should be wider at the top than at the bottom. Draw the guide on the right side the same way. Start with a small mark and then add the curved lines. Try to keep both sides the same. The overall shape should be similar to a wide heart with a curved bottom.
Step 3: On top of the body, on the sides, draw two short, curved lines as guides for the base of the crab's claws. On the tip of the short line on the left, draw a big U-shaped line as a guide for the first claw. The U shape should tilt to the right. Draw another big, U-shaped line on the right as a guide for the other claw. The bigger these U shapes are, the bigger the edible crab's claws will be. Draw a line at the top of each shape to close them off.
Step 4: On either side of the brown crab's body, draw a long line as a guide for the first pair of legs. Bend the lines twice to indicate where the joints on the legs will be.
Step 5: Below that, draw two more long lines as guides for the next pair of legs. These lines should be slightly longer than the first pair. Make them angular in the middle to indicate the crab's joints.