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Uploaded: January 27, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: January 29, 2010
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It's January 29th which means there is only four more days until we find out if our states are going to be stuck with six more weeks of winter, or that winter will soon end. The way that we will find this information out is not done by any kind of meteorologist, it's actually determined by a rodent, and that is the animal that you will be getting a lesson on today. I will be teaching you “how to draw a groundhog, step by step”. The groundhog is probably one of the more famous creatures in existence. I mean it has to be if a whole day is dedicated to this species. The groundhog is also called “woodchuck” and there is a total of fourteen different types of marmots, which is the family that the groundhog belongs to. These rodents are a lot like bears in the sense of their pre-hibernation preparation. Like bears, they overfeed themselves all through the summer to keep their bodies operational when they are in deep slumber through the winter months. Did you know that groundhogs are the biggest members of the squirrel family? It's true, the groundhog is a relative to the squirrel even though they live primarily on the ground. But, they are also very good climbers, and swimmers all the same. In the spring females will give birth to a good twelve young and they will stay with her until they are big enough to make it on their own. These animals are also herbivores which means they only eat greens, fruit, and nuts, and they can get as big as thirteen pounds. February 2nd is the day that most Americans and Canadians gather to find out if the groundhog will come out and see it's shadow. I however hope that “he”, meaning Punxsy Phil, will not see his shadow because where I live, there is more snow then anyone would want to deal with. Here's a cool fact before I go, for over one hundred twenty years, there has only been one groundhog that has been predicting the future, which means there has only been one Phil! I hope you guys have fun with this tutorial on “how to draw a groundhog, step by step”. If you want to see a couple of funny movies that have these furry critters in them, then check out two of Bill Murray's movies “Groundhog Day”, and “Caddy Shack”. I have to go, but I will be back with more drawing fun. Peace out guys and Happy Groundhog Day!

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how to draw a groundhog

How to Draw a Groundhog

how to draw a groundhog step 1

STEP 1.

Draw a circle for the head of this animal and then add the facial guidelines. Next draw the outlined shape of the body as you see here.
 
how to draw a groundhog step 2

STEP 2.

Now you will start "sketching" out the shape of the head. I say sketch because the shape of the groundhogs head needs to look a bit... fluffy. Be sure to draw the cheeks outward so that you can make his face look chubby, and then draw small circle shapes for the ears. Start the lining for the shoulders too.
 
how to draw a groundhog step 3

STEP 3.

Here you will detail the inside of the ear, and then draw the eyebrows, eyes, and then fill in the pupils. Next draw the lining of the mouth and then finish the shape of the body, and then draw the crackling dirt ground that this animal is known to live in.
 
how to draw a groundhog step 4

STEP 4.

Finish the nose shape and then draw the bucked looking teeth. Lastly, draw the shape of the arms, and hands to complete your groundhog drawing.
 
how to draw a groundhog step 5

STEP 5.

For your last drawing step all you need to do is draw in the pupils, and then add some furry detailing to the chest, and stomach. Add a belly button, and then build up the ground of earth that this animal is rising from. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a groundhog step 6

STEP 6.

This is how Phil should come out looking like when your done drawing him out. All you have to do now is color him in and you have finished this fun drawing tutorial!