In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Hercules (Rhinoceros) Beetle step-by-step.
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To draw this Hercules Beetle 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 near the middle of the paper as a guide for the Hercules beetle's thorax. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. 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 guide for the abdomen by first making a mark on the far left side of the circle. Connect the mark to the top and bottom of the circle to create a big, sideways arc for the Hercules beetle's abdomen. Pay attention to the size of the arc. The length of the arc should be longer than the width of the circle.
Step 3: Draw a long, curved, horizontal line starting at the top of the circle as a guide for the first horn on this species of rhinoceros beetle. The line should curve down slightly on the right. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. Make the line longer than the thorax and abdomen combined. Hercules beetle horns vary in length, so you can draw yours shorter if you'd like.
Step 4: Starting on the bottom of the circle, draw another long line as a guide for the Hercules beetle's other horn. This line should be shorter than the top line, and the right tip should curve up a bit.
Step 5: On the bottom of the circle, draw an angled line that slopes to the lower, left as a guide for the middle leg. Directly under the circle, draw a line that slopes down and then angles to the right as a guide for the front leg. On the far left side, under the body, draw another line that angles to the left as a guide for the Hercules beetle's back leg.