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How to draw a scorpion with a pencil. Step-by-step scorpion drawing tutorial.

Updated: Jan 18

We have already drawn a scorpion in the past, but that drawing was a bit bland. This time, we will draw a better quality, more realistic spider with attention to details and shadows below the spider that "separate" the scorpion from the paper we drew it on.


Step 1. Outline the shape of the scorpion

Using a hard pencil (H), draw an outline of our scorpion. This may take some time given the quite weird shape of its body, the tail, and the number of its legs and pincers.

How to draw a scorpion. Step 1. Outline the shape of the scorpion

Step 2. Go over the outline with a darker pencil or black pen

Now that you are happy with your outline of the scorpion, it is time to go over your outline with a softer (darker) pencil or a black pen. Using a black pen, draw the legs and pincers.

While outlining the scorpion drawing, we also colored the dark parts of the scorpion chitin.

How to draw a scorpion. Step 2. Go over the outline with a darker pencil or black pen.

Step 3. Keep outlining the back and tail of the scorpion

Continue outlining the back of the scorpion's body with a soft pencil or a black pen. The key is to highlight the back of the spider, which comes in 7 segments and is called mesosoma.

How to draw a scorpion. Step 3. Keep outlining the back and tail of the scorpion.

Step 4. Use a soft pencil (B4) to shade the scorpion

At this moment, we have highlighted the darker parts to show the shaded and lighted parts of the scorpion's body. Now, we need to apply hatching to the scorpion's drawing to shade its body. Since we have already marked the darker parts with a soft pencil or a black pen, hatching is pretty straightforward, as we can apply the same grade of shading.

How to draw a scorpion. Step 4. Use a soft pencil (B4) to shade the scorpion.

Step 5. Using a soft pencil (B) to draw the scorpion's shadow

To add volume to our scorpion, we need to "separate" it from the paper it is drawn on. To do that, we need to add shadow to our scorpion. This will make the scorpion look more realistic. Please note how we have to imagine the height of the different parts of the scorpion's body. The distance from the part to the shade shows whether the part is closer to the ground or is lifted up.

How to draw a scorpion with a pencil step-by-step drawing tutorial

That's all for today. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw a scorpion. See you next time!

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