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Uploaded: February 7, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: February 7, 2010
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Here is an interesting species that I thought would make a fun tutorial for folks of all ages, and the best part, it's going to be simple. Today I will teach you "how to draw an anteater, step by step”. The anteater has got to be one of the more bizarre animal species in existence. The shape of this animals nose and or muzzle is fascinating in its self. Let’s talk more about the anteater to try and figure out what it is they do. But first I should tell you that I drew a giant anteater, but to keep things simple, let’s just keep the heading the same as we see it. Let’s start. First off these animals are what you call “endentate” animals which means they have no teeth. So how do these animals eat if they have no teeth? Well, that’s easy to answer. Anteater have long skinny two foot tongues that scoops up the bugs they feast on. To get to the insects they plan to eat, they use their long claw like nails to tear open tree bark, anthills, and other places one would find large numbers of ants and termites. Once found, the anteater will start eating by sticking it’s nose in the opening and flicking it’s tongue back and forth over one hundred fifty times per minute. In all they consume about thirty five thousand ants and termites in a day. You may think that they sit there and eat until there is no food left right? Wrong, each anthill that an anteater comes across only gives him minute to get a snout full of food. This is because the insects are fighting back by stinging the tongue which leaves the animal in pain for a while. The cool thing about this odd looking creature is that, they never destroy a feasting area because they like to come back to anthills on a later date. Did you know that anteaters have poor eyesight? It’s true, because the snout is so long, the eyes of this animal is not a good source for finding food. Instead they rely totally on their sense of smell. You may not think it but, these mammals are considered to be carnivores. Sadly these unique animals are currently on the endangered species list which means that the anteater may one day become a extinct animal. Keep that in mind when you learn from this tutorial that teaches you “how to draw an anteater”. Write a paper on it for a school project to let others know the unique rareness of this animal. I have to go but I will be back. Have fun with this sketch, and don’t forget to rate, and comment to let others know what you think. Peace people and happy drawing!

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how to draw an anteater

How to Draw an Anteater

how to draw an anteater step 1

STEP 1.

Just by looking at this image you would think that this is a bug of some sorts. Start this first step by drawing an egg shape for the body and then draw the length of the snout. Next draw the thick shape of the tail, and add the leg lines too.
 
how to draw an anteater step 2

STEP 2.

Start sketching out the shape of the snout, nose, tongue, head, and then the back which eventually flows to form the top of the tail.
 
how to draw an anteater step 3

STEP 3.

Now you will start sketching out the neck and front leg shapes to thicken up the anteater's body. Once that is done you can then add the marking lines that giant anteaters have along the front sides of their shoulders. When your sketch looks like the one you see here, you can move to the next step.
 
how to draw an anteater step 4

STEP 4.

Finish sketching out the front and back legs as you see here and when you do so, be sure to make the lining hairy looking because anteaters have hard bristly hair and or coats. The back paws needs to also have the claw like nails too, but it's the front claws that are longer and sharper.
 
how to draw an anteater step 5

STEP 5.

Now you are ready to finish your drawing. All you have to do now is draw the back leg, finish drawing the poofy looking tail, and then draw the eye, pupils, and ear. Erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one to prepare your drawing for color.
 
how to draw an anteater step 6

STEP 6.

Wow, look at that! You did an awesome job drawing an anteater. All you need to do now is color in this insect eating animal. Join me again for more drawing fun!