In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw Groundhog, also known as Woodchuck, step-by-step.
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To draw this Groundhog / Woodchuck 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 Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing circle as a guide for the groundhog's head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine its 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 bottle cap. 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 left side of the head, draw a curved line as a guide for the muzzle. Groundhogs have short muzzles, so don't curve the line too far to the left; keep it close to the circle. On the top, right side, draw a short arc as a guide for the ear.
Step 3: To the right of the head, draw two bigger circles as guides for the groundhog's body. Pay attention to how big these circles are in relation to the head. Don't overlap the head as you draw the circle on the left. Place the circle on the right lower than the other circles.
Step 4: On the lower, right side of the front part of the body, draw a curved line as a guide for the groundhog's front leg. This line should be similar to a wide letter U. Under the line, draw a shorter curved line as a guide for the foot. To the left, draw similar shapes as guides for the other front leg but make them a bit smaller. Under the circle on the right, draw a small oval-like shape as a guide for the hind foot.
Step 5: Draw a series of lines that connect the main shapes together to finish the guide for the body. Don't overlap the previous shapes as you draw these lines. On the lower, right side of the body, draw a long shape as a guide for the tail. Make the shape wide and round at the tip.
That's it for the guides! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a groundhog or woodchuck.
Step 6: Inside the head, lightly sketch a small circle for the groundhog's eye. Place the eye slightly higher than the center of the head circle. When you get the size and position of the eye right, darken the lines but make the sides pointier for the corners of the eye. Inside the eye, off to the side draw a tiny circle for a highlight. In the middle of the eye, draw a slightly bigger circle and shade it in for the pupil. Shade the rest of the eye too but use a value that's lighter than the pupil. Don't overlap the tiny highlight circle as you shade. Add a few small, curved lines around the eye for a bit of the bare skin and fur.
Step 7: Inside the muzzle, lightly sketch a small circle for the groundhog's nose. When you get the size and position right, darken the shape but make it thinner at the bottom. On the right side, draw a shape that's similar to a crescent moon on its side for the nostril. Use short strokes along the right edges for a furry texture. Add a line near the bottom that splits the shape. Darken the basic path of the arc on top of the head to create the ear. Draw a few lines inside the shape to give it structure. Draw a series of short strokes along the bottom for the furry base.