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Uploaded: October 16, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: October 17, 2009
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Let’s do a lesson on another animal from the forest that I think we are all familiar with in some way, shape, or form. I will be teaching you “how to draw a porcupine step by step”. The porcupine is probably one of the coolest looking animals. Believe it or not but, porcupines, are rodents. Not only are they rodents, they are the spikiest out of all the rodents in existence. What are the sharp pointed stick looking things on a porcupines back? Well, those spikes are called quills. Quills fill up most of the back, legs, and tail of a porcupine. These quills will mainly lay flat with their relatively soft hair until they feel threatened. Once a porcupine goes in a defensive mode, they will spike up their backs as they become armed and ready to tackle any predator that may come their way. You know when they portray cartoon porcupines as being an animal that can shoot spears at their enemies? Well that depiction is false. A porcupine can’t just shoot out quills, they have to be touched to be detached. A predator would have to physically attack the porcupine in order to be porked by a porcupine. Now like lizards, the porcupine's quills grow back to replace the ones they lost. These animals can be found in both North and South America. The ones that come from these areas are usually excellent climbers which is why they also spend most of their days up in the trees. One of the largest porcupines in existence can only be found in the U.S. and in Canada. This species is called the “North American Porcupine”. How many quills are there on a porcupine's body? That is a good question. It is believed that one porcupine can have thirty thousand plus quills on their body. What do porcupines eat? These animals love eating wood. Yup, wood. Some porcupines also eat fruit, leaves and buds. Did you know that there is about two dozen different types of porcupine in existence? These animals are awesome no matter how you look at them. I think you will have a good time with this lesson that will teach you "how to draw a porcupine step by step”. I did a cartoon version because I wanted everybody to try this tutorial. Peace out people and happy drawing.

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how to draw a porcupine

How to Draw a Porcupine

how to draw a porcupine step 1

STEP 1.

Okay let's draw the beginning shapes and guidelines to form a frame for your animal. Draw a circle shape for the head and then add the facial guidelines. Next draw another circle and attach it to the head shape. Draw a cone like shape for the back end of the porcupine. Lastly draw a crescent shape and attach it to the head and back end of the rodent.
 
how to draw a porcupine step 2

STEP 2.

You will now draw in the shape of the eyes, and then color in the pupils. Next draw some definition by adding eyebrows and a nose. Next draw the jowls and then make it look like the porcupine is smiling at you.
 
how to draw a porcupine step 3

STEP 3.

You will now start drawing out the shape of the porcupines feet and legs. Once that is done draw the rock shape that he/she is sitting on as well as the pieces of grass around him.
 
how to draw a porcupine step 4

STEP 4.

Welcome to your last drawing step. You will now start drawing the spiked back and or hair that makes up the porcupines unique body. Remember to sketch out the tail as well. Draw in the shapes of the ears and then begin erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a porcupine step 5

STEP 5.

Now that you finished this lesson on "how to draw a porcupine step by step", your drawing should look like the one you see here. He is ready to be colored in. Great job guys!