In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a baby deer or fawn step-by-step.
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To draw this fawn 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 three circles as guides for the fawn's head and body. The circle on the right side will be the head and the two circles in the middle will be the body. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rims of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes and spacing of the circles.
Step 2: On top of the circle, draw two small arcs as guides for the baby deer's ears. On the bottom, right side of the head, draw a slightly bigger, more angular arc as a guide for the muzzle. Under the body circles, draw long, angled lines as guides for the legs. Pay attention to the lengths of the lines and how they bend in relation to the circles.
Step 3: Inside the head, draw a sloping line as a guide to help you place the fawn's facial features later on. Connect the head to the body using short lines to create the guides for the neck. Connect the circles in the middle using longer, curved lines to finish the guide for the torso.
Step 4: Draw another set of lines under the body circles as guides for the deer's legs that are on the other side of the body. Bend the lines to indicate the joints. On the top, left side of the body, draw a short, curved line as a guide for the tail.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a fawn or baby deer.
Step 5: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the fawn's eye. Place the eye above the sloping guide line and close to the center of the head circle. Draw curved lines to create the outer shape of the eye. Inside the eye, draw a tiny circle for a highlight and an oval and shade it in for the pupil. Near the tip of the muzzle, draw a curved shape for the nose. Draw the nose above the guide line. On the left side, draw a curved line and shade in the shape for the nostril.
Step 6: Under the nose, draw a line that curves to the left as a guide for the baby deer's mouth. Don't make the line too long. Under the mouth, draw a curved line for the chin. Use a series of short strokes to create a furry texture. Darken the arc on the top, left side for the ear. Make the sides of the ear wavier as you darken the shape. Add a few short strokes inside the shape for the ear's opening and for fur.