In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Gerbil 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 this Gerbil 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: Draw a circle as a guide for the gerbil's head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the circle's length 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 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 bottom, left side of the circle draw a curved line as a guide for the gerbil's muzzle. Pay attention to the size of the muzzle in relation to the head circle. Draw a sloping line across the entire head. This is a construction guide that will help you place the facial features later on. On top of the head, draw a two small arcs as guides for the ears. Make the ear on the left thinner.
Step 3: To the right of the head, draw a bigger circle as a guide for the top part of the gerbil's body. This circle should be about twice the size of the head circle. Don't overlap the head as you draw the body.
Step 4: On the bottom, right side of the big circle, draw a long, curved line as a guide for the bottom half of the gerbil's body. This line should be similar to an upside-down arc.
Step 5: Under the head, draw two sloping lines as guides for the gerbil's front legs. Under the body, draw two slightly longer lines as guides for the hind legs. On the bottom, right side of the body, draw a long, horizontal line as a guide for the tail. Pay attention to the lengths and placement of these lines.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 6: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the gerbil's eye. Place the eye near the middle of the head circle. Use the sloping line as a guide to help you position the eye. Inside the eye draw two small circles for the pupil and for a highlight. Shade in the pupil. Draw a few lines around the eye for extra detail. Higher above the eye, add a few short strokes for fur.
Step 7: On the tip of the muzzle, draw a small triangular shape for the gerbil's nose. Add a small curved line on the right side for the nostril. Darken the front part of the initial arc using short strokes to create the furry muzzle. Darken the small arc on the top right side of the head for the first ear. Extend the bottom part of the ear so that it's closer to the eye. Draw a series of curved lines and short strokes inside the ear for more detail and fur.