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How to draw a tortoise. Step-by-step tutorial.

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

The hard tortoise's shell is an interesting subject in terms of hatching - you have to create a rounded shape by focusing on the highlights and shadows of this object. As you work, pay close attention to changes in the size and intensity of the shadows.

How to draw tortoise. Step-by-step tutorial


Step 1. Drawing tortoise's contours

How to draw tortoise. Step 1. Drawing tortoise's contours

Sketch first - draw an approximately oval shape for the tortoise's shell and torso with a TM pencil. Then, draw an egg-shaped head and sketch out a curved neck and short, wide paws. Now, add broken lines to indicate the overall look of the carapace pattern.


Step 2. Add details to the tortoise drawing

How to draw tortoise. Step 2. Add details to the tortoise drawing

Carefully draw the contours - the edges of the shell should not be perfectly even. Smooth out the lines of the legs, head, and neck. Now mark the position of the eye, mouth, and toes and sketch out the rounded segments on the shell under the tortoise's neck.


Step 3. Shading the tortoise drawing

How to draw tortoise. Step 3. Shading the tortoise drawing

Shade the shell with light, parallel strokes, and the neck with groups of short strokes stretching from the shell to the head - you need to give the skin a dry, wrinkled look. Then, darken the underside of the tortoise's body and draw a slight drop shadow on the side of the soft pencil lead.


Step 4. Continue to apply shading to the tortoise drawing

How to draw tortoise. Step 4. Continue to apply shading to the tortoise drawing

Continue to apply light shading to the carapace, varying the direction of the strokes and leaving large areas unshaded. Draw the texture of the skin of the legs and add volume to the fingers. Now finish the eye, leaving a highlight in the upper right sector of the eye.



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