Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Hedgehog and a Hedgehog Coloring Page. If you draw him holding a heart, you have an adorable Valentine card.
As adorable as these creatures are, learning how to draw a hedgehog with all it spiky details, is easier said than done. This tutorial shows students how to simplify them into pointy shapes that all lie in the same direction. It takes a little bit of focus to make sure they are similar in size, and point in the same direction, but that’s what drawing practice is all about. Add a heart under this hedgehog’s arms and you have the makings of really cute Valentine’s Day card!
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, in both horizontal and vertical directions. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
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.
Preview of a Hedgehog Valentine Card
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Materials for How to Draw a Hedgehog
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- Watercolor Paper.
- Real watercolor paper always makes the watercolor paint much more vibrant.
- The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Crayola Crayons.
- This classic brand always works well.
- Rounded Watercolor Brush.
- A good paint brush can make all the difference in the world. Who can paint small details with one of those big floppy brushes? This style with a sturdy rounded tip were my hands down favorite.
- Liquid Watercolor Paint.
- These paints are so easy to work with, leave such bright colors and last for a long, long time. Well worth the investment.
- Non-Spill Paint Cup.
- Train your students to leave the matching brush in each cup after they use it, and you have an easy system with very little cleanup.
Drawing a Hedgehog Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour
How to Draw a Hedgehog
- Draw the left inside body shape.
- Add a matching right side.
- Draw the left outside body shape.
- Add the right side.
- Draw the eyes, nose and cheeks.
- Draw a heart centered on the body.
- Draw the arms and belly around the heart. Erase inside lines.
- Carefully draw the spikes on the left side.
- Add symmetrical spikes on the right.
- Draw two feet. Start message with “Valentine” on the right.
- Finish with “Be My” on the left. This is a good way to make sure your words are centered.
- Trace with a marker and paint or color.