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How to Draw a Fox Step by Step


Learn how to draw a realistic fox head and face in simple steps. This comprehensive tutorial provides detailed instructions and illustrated examples that make the process easy and enjoyable. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this guide will help you create a stunning fox drawing. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Sketch the Shape of the Fox’s Head

Begin by drawing two straight intersecting lines, one vertical and one horizontal, to establish the proportions of the head. Use these lines as guides to maintain symmetry and alignment throughout your drawing. Outline the basic shape of the fox’s head around these guidelines.

Step 2: Add the Ears

Extend the outline of the head to include the ears. Keep the ear outlines simple at this stage, omitting inner details and smaller curves.

Step 3: Define the Fur Pattern

Inside the face, add lines to indicate the fox’s characteristic fur pattern, transitioning from the lower part of the face to the eyebrows. This pattern typically features orange fur on the top of the head and white fur at the bottom.

Step 4: Draw the Snout

Between the fur pattern lines, outline the snout. Start by drawing the rounded area around the nose and then add the sides of the snout.

Step 5: Position the Mouth

Draw a horizontal line towards the bottom of the snout to determine the placement of the mouth. Also, outline the inner shape of the snout.

Step 6: Sketch the Facial Features

Outline the eyes, nose, and the organic shape of the mouth. Erase any remaining placement lines from earlier steps as you add these features.

Step 7: Add Small Details to the Face

Enhance the drawing by adding additional details to the fox’s head, such as the inner parts of the ears, curves near the eyebrows, reflections in the eyes, curves below the eyes, and curves from the nose to the snout. Also, add details to the nose, such as the upper edge and hints of nostrils.

Step 8: Refine the Facial Features

If you’re satisfied with the overall look of your drawing, darken some of the lines and shade in certain facial features. Darken the outlines of the ears, shade the eyes (leaving the pupils white), darken the lines defining the snout, and add shading to the nose while leaving highlights on the upper edge and nostrils.

Step 9: Draw Cheek and Eye Fur

Add fur along the cheeks and a small amount near the outer corners of the eyes. Create clumps of varying sizes and shapes using a series of lines. Erase the outline of the cheeks once the fur is added.

Step 10: Illustrate Forehead Fur

Draw fur along the eyebrows and forehead, making the lines shorter than those for the cheeks. Erase the outline of the eyebrows after adding the fur.

Step 11: Enhance the Fur Pattern

Add fur along the pattern lines, starting from just below the outer tips of the cheeks. Keep these lines short. Erase the pattern lines after completing this step.

Step 12: Detail the Ear Fur

Inside the ears, draw large and long fur clumps as shown in the example.

Step 13: Sketch the Mane Fur

Finish the drawing by adding fur clumps that go around the entire outline of the head. Make the fur smaller and shorter near the top and bottom, and larger and longer near the sides. Erase the outline of the head once the fur is complete.

Step 14: Clean Up the Drawing

Review your drawing and ensure everything looks clean and polished. Erase any leftover outlines or unnecessary marks that may detract from the final result.

Step 15: Add Whiskers and Final Touches

Draw whiskers on the fox’s snout, making them thicker near the base and thinner as they extend away from the snout. Additionally, make them longer towards the top and shorter towards the bottom. Once you’re done, admire your finished fox drawing!


This tutorial has provided a step-by-step breakdown of how to create a realistic line drawing of a fox’s head and face. By starting with basic outlines and gradually adding more details, you can achieve impressive results. We hope you found this guide helpful and easy to follow. If you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out our similar guides on drawing a wolf face, a lion’s full body, and an eagle’s head.

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Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep honing your drawing skills and unleash your creativity!

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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