how to draw a fluffy creature

How to Draw a Fluffy Creature

Step 1.

Start with a fairly large circle for the head and sort of a bean-shaped body overlapping it.

Step 2.

Next, we add the legs. These are tricky ~ start narrow-ish and get thicker as you go down to the bottom and form the foot with a slightly curving line. Notice that the back foot protrudes from the back of the body. That is important. also see how the front two legs overlap each other (the front foot covers the one behind it) and they are connected to the body before it curves into the hindquarters.

Step 3.

Next, add a nice poofy tail that tapers to a point and fairly large ears that, as you can see, overlap the head. The circles from the ears that are on top of the head will help you achieve depth while you are drawing your picture, but in the end will be erased.

Step 4.

Now, we will add some guiding circles to the face. There are two overlapping circles that form the muzzle of the creature, and notice that the nose conforms to those circles. This will make the muzzle look more realistic. Try to get the shape and placement of the eyes right ~ notice that they are not circles. This will help you later on to make the eyes look cuter. Eyes can really make or break a drawing, am I right? :P

Step 5.

Next, add some detail to the tail. If you want, you can vary this step a little to make the creature more your own. Also, don't forget to add tiny claws to your creature! Make sure they are evenly spaced; and don't forget that some of them are on the other side of the foot, so some of the claws will just be poking out from behind the feet.

Step 6.

Alright, this is a big step. Add fur around the chest and cheeks. Remember ~ the fur trends downwards with gravity (and towards the tip of the tail on the tail)! You can make the creature as fluffy or bald as you want, but remember the shape of the chest (don't make a diagonal line from the chin to the front leg :P) Also add tufts to the ears, and a little flap of skin going from the ears to the cheeks to make it more realistic. You can remove that if you want, or make it fuzzier by changing the skin into a bit of fluff. It's up to you. Also, add those lines in the middle of the ears to give them depth.

Step 7.

And now for the last and most difficult step ~ detailing the face. Darken and thicken the lines around the eyes like I did (see why the non-circular eyes were important?!) and add little eyebrows or eyelashes if you want. Draw in a pupil shape of your choice (mine are slitted and catlike) and don't forget shine! I drew the shine in here so people coloring it in could have a reference for where it could be. Optional: add cute little cheeks! And don't forget to erase all the stray lines ~ I erased some in this picture to make it more obvious which lines should stay and which should go.

Step 8.

Hopefully, your end result should look something like this, after all the stray lines are erased. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and please leave a comment if you liked it. If not, I would appreciate some constructive criticism, but if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. Cheers! :)

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Uploaded: August 27, 2012
Artist: Bopiphdragon
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: August 28, 2012
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Artist comments

This is my first tutorial, so I would appreciate comments, and I would love to see people's drawings on the art page! I haven't quite decided if this creature is a cat or a fox or something totally different, so you are welcome to try some variations on it, such as altering is fluffiness, tail length, eye shape, coloring, et cetera. I hope you all enjoy drawing the fluffy creature as much as I did!