How to draw tortoise. Step-by-step tutorial.
Updated: Sep 21, 2022
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.
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
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
Shade the shell with light, 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
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.