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Uploaded: December 19, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: April 20, 2010
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Christmas bells are ringing and the snow is falling. It’s been a long day today and because of that I am starting my first of many drawing lessons late. For my first tutorial I will be showing you "how to draw a praying mantis", step by step. Now just to refresh your memory, the praying mantis is a long green slender bug that has extremely long front arms or legs. How did this green bug get its name you ask? That is a question that can easily be answered. The mantis has legs that are bent and held together which puts them in a position of prayer hence the name “praying mantis”. The shapes of their heads and body make them peculiar looking insects that sort of resemble a mix between an alien and a fly. The praying mantis has triangle shaped heads and large fly like eyes. They are almost always green in color but have been found to be brown as well. Did you know that these “stick bugs” can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings using their rounded big eyes. Because of their color it is very simple for these bugs to stay camouflaged, they are able to live in a variety of plants that usually have large leaves and are very branchy with ease. If you look at a praying mantis you will notice that their front legs have spike like pricks on them. They use these spikes to catch their prey which usually consist of moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, and other insects that cross paths with this lean, green, stealth machine. Now here is an interesting fact that some of you may have heard before in the past; female praying mantis are known to eat their mates after and even during mating. Isn’t that wild? This bug can only reach up to five inches in size and only last about 12 months in the wild. SO basically these insects are born to feed, mate, eat their mates, lay eggs, and die. Hmm, that is sort of a pointless life. Anyway this tutorial will show you "how to draw a praying mantis", step by step. I will be back with more fun tuts in a while so stay tuned kiddies.

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how to draw a praying mantis bug

How to Draw a Praying Mantis

how to draw a praying mantis bug step 1

STEP 1.

Start this first step by drawing out the shapes and guidelines to form a frame for your bug. Start with a circle for the head and add facial guidelines. You will then draw out the odd shapes that make up the praying mantis's body. Once that is done you will add the limb guidelines for the four hind legs and the two front arms.
 
how to draw a praying mantis bug step 2

STEP 2.

You will now draw out the shapes of the oval looking eyes and then start drawing out the shapes of the body starting with the front arms as seen here. Once that is done you can draw a pattern line to separate the front of the bug from the back. Make out the shaping of the rest of the legs and then add the line to define the back end of the praying mantis.
 
how to draw a praying mantis bug step 3

STEP 3.

Okay you have now made it to step three and what you will do now is detail the face by adding curved lines on the forehead and between the eyes. Once that is done you will detail the nose of the bug and then finish off the hook like shape of the front arms and back legs. You will then detail above the front shoulder and then add the striped lines along the belly.
 
how to draw a praying mantis bug step 4

STEP 4.

Well this is your last drawing step and what you will do now is add the remaining details to the praying mantis. Start with the antennas and then detail or define the out some more as shown to you here. Draw out the other front arm and then finish off the shape of the legs. You will add some leaf detail to the back of wings. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to clean up your art.
 
how to draw a praying mantis bug step 5

STEP 5.

Once you are finished your new bug should come out looking like the one I drew here. All you have to do now is color him/her in either green or brown. I hope you had a fun time with this lesson on learning how to draw a praying mantis bug step by step.