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How to Draw an Armadillo

Here’s how to draw an armadillo, a pretty realistic looking version, with an easy step-by-step tutorial.

Finished drawing of Armadillo

Students that want to draw an armadillo with a few more details might be ready for this tutorial. After all their face has a point nose, their feet have claws, and their tail is long and segmented too.

This version might also help them imagine just how the armadillo rolls up into a ball when they perceive danger. All those curvy bendable shapes probably fit together like pieces of a puzzle.

Preview of Armadillo step by step tutorial



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw an Armadillo

  1. Draw the shell.

  2. Add a pointy head that overlaps the shell.

  3. Erase the lines inside the head. Add ears.

  4. Erase the lines shown. Add eye, mouth and legs.

  5. Draw nails on the feet.

  6. Add a tail with lines.

  7. Draw lines for section of the tail.

  8. Add a horizon line and background.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

Here’s how draw a really simple armadillo using some very basic shapes.

how to draw an armadillo

Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and refers to the bony plates that cover their back, head, legs, and tail. They are the only living mammals that wear such shells.


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