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Deer Drawing Guide: 7 Steps For Beginners [Video + Images]

Time to learn the art of drawing a deer! Did you know that deer possess a 310-degree vision? These majestic creatures have eyes positioned on the sides of their heads, granting them a wider field of view compared to humans. Lucky for you, capturing the essence of this incredible animal on paper doesn’t require their exceptional eyesight. All you need is proper guidance and someone to show you the easy steps.

If you’re a visual learner, we have a video tutorial by our resident BIOWARS artist that demonstrates the process. But if you prefer a step-by-step visual guide, keep reading as we present easy-to-follow images for each stage of drawing a deer.

Essential Sketching Tools for Drawing a Deer

To get started with your deer drawing, equip yourself with the following sketching tools:

  • An H pencil: This pencil is ideal for outlining, leaving light traces that can be easily erased in case of mistakes.
  • An HB pencil: Use this pencil for shading and adding details, as it creates light grey strokes.
  • A 4B pencil: This pencil’s soft and dark lead will allow you to add shading with dark grey and even black tones.
  • A kneaded eraser: This versatile eraser can be shaped and adjusted to fit the areas you want to erase.
  • Lightly textured sketch paper: Opt for a soft-surfaced paper that allows your pencil to glide smoothly.

Remember, while these tools are recommended, you don’t necessarily have to use all of them. The video tutorial by our BIOWARS artist doesn’t utilize all the tools either. Feel free to work with the pencils, erasers, and paper you have on hand. What matters most is your willingness to learn how to draw a deer!

How to Draw a Deer in 7 Simple Steps

Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of drawing a deer:

Step 1: Sketch the Base of the Deer’s Body

Start by sketching a medium-sized circle, leaving more room on the right side for the rest of the body. Remember to leave space above the circle for the antlers. Then, add two more circles below the head to represent the chest, belly, and backside. Ensure the middle circle is larger than the back circle to depict the deer’s wider chest.

Step 1: Sketching the base of the deer's body

Step 2: Outline the Deer’s Upper Body

Using your H pencil, sketch the deer’s head and neck by extending the top circle to the left with a curved line. Connect the head to the middle circle with two thin lines, forming the deer’s belly, chest, and back.

Step 2: Outlining the deer's upper body

Step 3: Draw the Eyes, Ears, and Tail

Now it’s time to add details to your deer drawing. Begin by drawing the eye as a tiny circle within the head’s outline. Then, sketch the ears. Lastly, create the tail, making sure it’s not too long, as deer have short tails with a white underside. Remember, your goal is capturing the essence rather than achieving perfection.

Step 3: Adding the eyes, ears, and tail

Step 4: Draw the Legs

Using your H pencil, sketch small circles to define the length and position of the joints and hooves. Connect the circles to form the legs, completing the basic structure of the deer.

Step 4: Sketching the legs

Step 5: Draw the Antlers

With the body outlined, it’s time to tackle the deer’s antlers. Begin by sketching two small horn-like shapes at the top of the deer’s head. Then, draw branches and stems to form the antler on one side, and repeat the process for the other antler.

Step 5: Drawing the antlers

Step 6: Add the Details

Switch to an HB pencil or apply more pressure to your current pencil, enhancing the lines and adding finer details. Start with the ears and head, gradually enhancing other features like the eyes, nose, mouth, and various body parts. You can color the center of the deer’s eye with a grey shade and mark the white areas on its body, such as the belly, tail underside, and around the nose and mouth.

Step 6: Adding the details

Step 7: Erase Unneeded Details & Shade Your Sketch

To finalize your sketch, use an HB pencil to color the deer’s body in a lighter grey shade. Darken the tip of the nose and create shading under the chin and on the right legs using a 4B pencil or by applying more pressure. Lastly, erase any unnecessary guidelines to reveal your stunning deer drawing.

Step 7: Erasing and shading

Where to Go Next After Drawing a Deer

Congratulations on completing your deer drawing! If you had fun with this tutorial, why not explore our other animal drawing guides? Here are a few suggestions to continue your artistic journey:

  • How to draw a dragon
  • How to draw a fish
  • How to draw a unicorn
  • How to draw a penguin
  • How to draw a dolphin
  • How to draw a bat
  • How to draw a butterfly
  • How to draw a wolf
  • How to draw a bunny
  • How to draw a horse
  • How to draw a cat
  • How to draw a dog
  • How to draw a shark

Additionally, if you’d like to enrich the environment surrounding your deer, we offer landscape drawing guides like how to draw a forest, a rose, or a mushroom. And if you’re ready to tackle human subjects, we have tutorials on drawing faces, eyes, people, noses, mouths, hands, and ears.

Practice is key to honing your skills, so keep exploring our art tutorials and continue creating breathtaking artwork. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more drawing tips and the latest BIOWARS updates. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for more helpful tutorials and behind-the-scenes glimpses into drawing the BIOWARS comic book protagonists.

Meet the Artist

The artist behind this deer drawing tutorial is Goncalo Lopes, a highly experienced professional in the arts. With decades of expertise, Goncalo has collaborated with renowned names in the industry and contributed to notable movies and series such as GI-Joe, TMNT, Transformers, Adventure Time, and Godzilla. For more art tutorials, make sure to follow our YouTube channel.

Recap: How to Draw a Deer

Drawing a deer is a step-by-step process that starts with sketching its body parts separately. Circles help define the size and position of the body, which you then connect with thin lines to form a cohesive whole. Once the outline is complete, add details such as antlers and shade your sketch. Remember, patience and practice will lead to impressive deer drawings with ease. For more drawing tips and the latest updates, follow us on Instagram.

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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