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Draw a Squishy Caterpillar

Here’s how to draw a caterpillar with a guaranteed squishy look. Start with the spine, add lines for sections, and have fun connecting them.

How to draw a caterpillar

caterpillar drawing

I saw it in a book years ago, and wish I could credit the genius who thought it up. It’s a great way to make a pretty realistic looking insect. Just be sure to draw lightly so that the spine line can easily be erased. Everyone will wonder how you made those cool shapes!


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  1. Make the guide lines on the paper with pencil. Follow the tutorial to make the drawing with a pencil.
  2. Trace the drawing with a dark crayon.
  3. Use crayons to add some shapes inside.
  4. Paint the caterpillar with watercolor. I believe the liquid type is easiest for those just learning how to paint.
  5. If possible, paint the sky when the caterpillar is dry. If not, take care not to create puddles that might make the colors run together.




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