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Uploaded: April 15, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: April 20, 2010
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This next tutorial was drawn a long while ago when I was still in my practicing stages. I found it while I was cleaning out my old drawing sketchings on my computer and thought “hey, why didn’t I ever put this little guy up?” Well today is the day that I am going to teach you "how to draw a koala", step by step. Now there is so much information on Koala bears and all the information is really fun to read. Not only do you learn some interesting facts about the koala bear, you also understand the way they like to live and how they are around people when they are handled while being captive. More and more koala bears are being raised and brought up by officials and activist that have their best interest in mind. The reason why koalas are in captivity is because they are officially an endangered species. Koalas live in the eucalypt forest of the East and South East parts of Australia. In order to survive in their habitats they need to be surrounded by other koala bears and a bunch of eucalyptus trees that they live in and feed from. They don’t skimp either when they feed from their favorite trees. They not only eat the leaves and sticks, Koala bears also eat the trees bark as well. Did you know that koala bears eat mistletoe too? It’s true, koala bears also like to consume mistletoe and other plant life in their surrounding living area. The population count of this official Australian animal is only one hundred thousand. They are soft with their wool like fur that is gray in color mixed with some white. They only grow to be two feet tall and only weigh about thirty pounds. Koalas like the kangaroo, have babies called joeys. In the wild they can live to be seventeen years old but that number is cut short for a majority of koalas because many of them are killed from car accidents and dog attacks. Even though these fuzzy wuzzys originated in Australia, they can now be found in places like Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. This two foot bear only breed once a year and spends sixteen hours a day sleeping, essentially making them nocturnal animals. All in all these tree bears are very cute and are currently being protected by the Australian national laws. I hope you guys will have fun learning how to draw a koala bear step by step.

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How to Draw a Koala

how to draw a koala bear step 1

STEP 1.

There is three parts that you need to draw for the beginning shapes for the koala's body. All three shapes are circles so start with the first one for the koalas head. Add the facial guidelines and then proceed to draw the middle circle for the torso and then the last circle for the butt shape. Next draw the limb guidelines as well as the tree limb lines.
 
how to draw a koala bear step 2

STEP 2.

You will now start sketching out the shape of the koala's body as you see it drawn out here. Start with the fuzzy looking wool covered ears, and then draw the body line for the back, arm, and gripping foot. Using the facial guidelines you drew in step one, draw the circles for the koala's eyes and oblong nose. Thicken the branches of the eucalyptus tree that he is relaxing in as well.
 
how to draw a koala bear step 3

STEP 3.

You have reached step three and you will start sketching out the koala's face shape and detail inside of the ears by drawing the separation lines to separate the skin from the fur. Make a mustache like line that slopes on his face and then detail the tip of the koala's nose. Finish drawing out both of the arms and draw the bent thighs of the koala's legs.
 
how to draw a koala bear step 4

STEP 4.

This is your last drawing step and as you can see you will not be doing too much. Start by drawing in and coloring the eyes as well as the mouth line. Next finish drawing out the koala's arms and detail the sides of the stomach by adding the marking line. Finish drawing out the trees' thick branches and erase the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a koala bear step 5

STEP 5.

Once you are done your two foot animal should come out looking like the one you see here. Just color him in and you have just learned how to draw a koala bear step by step.