Learning how to draw a Cartoon Fox just got a whole lot easier with this step by step tutorial. Focus on the face, you have lots of room for a giant fluffy tail and pretty fall background.
A cartoon drawing is really a simple form of line art that exaggerates the features of something or someone. Long things become longer, short things become shorter, and so on. Those that learn how to do cartooning really well go can on to make a successful living at it. And those that are just starting out, are smart to copy some of their favorites cartoons, just to get the feel for it.
For this cartoon fox drawing, the graceful face is made extra wide, and the slender neck extra narrow. A cropped in view (that leaves the legs off the page) means there’s plenty of room to draw a a tail that practically fills in the entire background. And who can resist adding giant fluffy tail to something, or anything for that matter?
Many an artist has gotten their start over the years with cartoon drawing. The simplicity of it makes it accessible to all, and easy to imitate. And when a drawing feels like it was easy to do, and brings a smile to your face when you’re done? That’s a powerful combination that is bound to encourage more of the same.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the circle nose needs to be sitting on the vertical line, near the bottom of the paper. It’s important to sketch that shape low and in the center so that there’s room for the cheeks and head above it. When beginners get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the Cartoon Fox drawing project.
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Here’s a new option for busy teachers and parents. You can now easily download this drawing as a coloring page with the red button below. Just click to open it as a PDF, and save it to your desktop. You’ll have a free coloring page that you can print as often as you want, for whatever kind of project you want. Use it for younger students that want in on the coloring fun, or as a full size visual aid for those that are following the drawing tutorial. For many more fun things to color, please see my COLORING PAGE GALLERY It’s never been easier to see and download so many all in one place!
Cartoon Fox Coloring Page
Materials for a Cartoon Fox Drawing
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions for How to Draw a Cartoon Fox Step by Step
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Cartoon Fox
- Draw a circle and two matching curve lines.
- Connect the two ends with a large upside down curve.
- Add two more matching curves inside the head to make the face.
- Add the simple fox eyes and skinny a neck.
- Draw zig zag lines on the cheeks, lines for the chest and two ears.
- Add large fluffy tail behind head.
- Draw some trees, larger in front and smaller in the background.
- Add a horizon line that “jumps” around the trunks of the trees.
- Trace the drawing with a marker and color with crayons or pastels.