The best way to learn how to draw a hedgehog is to simplify his prickly quills and draw his body in the most symmetrical way possible.
Hedgehogs are small mammals with cone-shaped faces, short legs and bodies that are covered with porcupine-like quills. When in danger, they can roll into a ball so that the quills cover the entire area of their exposed body and protects themselves from predators.
As adorable as these creatures are though, drawing one with all their details is easier said than done. No one wants to draw all their quills, yet turning them into just one wiggly line wouldn’t do them justice either. This plan for simplifying them into long ends that lie in the same direction seems to be a good compromise that children of all ages can see and replicate.
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Materials for How to Draw a Hedgehog
- 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 Hedgehog Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw a Hedgehog
- Draw a large oval.
- Add the smaller body shape inside.
- Draw the eyes and nose ovals.
- Add cheek spots and ears.
- Draw the quill lines on one side.
- Add matching lines on the other
- Draw two legs and two arms.
- Erase the first oval shape.
- Trace with marker and color