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How to Paint a Caterpillar

Here’s how to draw and paint 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
Painting of a Caterpillar

I saw this example 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!

Preview of the step by step Caterpillar tutorial



Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Caterpillar

  1. Draw the center spine (lightly).

  2. Draw about 8 crossing lines as shown.

  3. Connect the top side with curved lines.

  4. Connect the bottom side with curved lines.

  5. Add a head on the end.

  6. Draw eyes and mouth.

  7. Add antennae and lots of feet.

  8. Finish with spots in the middle.

  9. Trace with crayon, fill and paint with watercolor.


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