Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step how to draw a bat tutorial and bat coloring page. Scroll down to download yours for free.
Did you know that bats are the only flying mammals in the world? They feed on insects and use their super sonic hearing to find food in the dark as they are nocturnal animals. Some used to believe that you could get sick from bats, but they are actually very clean and groom themselves as often as cats do.
If your ready to draw a bat that is more than just a simple silhouette, this might be a fun tutorial for them to try out. This cartoon animal version includes vampire teeth and anime-looking eyes for those that are drawing around Halloween time, but rest of the body is fairly realistic. The bat’s snout, spread out wings, tall ears and body of the bat are pretty true to what a real one looks like.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get young artists 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, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, shape for the bat head needs to be sitting on the horizontal line, and centered on the vertical line. It’s important to sketch that shape big enough and high enough on the sheet of paper so that there’s room for the ears and body underneath. When beginners get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done.
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.
And now, on to the Bat easy drawing tutorial.
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Coloring Page Gallery
If you are a fan of this Bat drawing, I’d like to offer another option. Busy teachers and parents can now just click on the button below to open the PDF, then look for a download arrow to save it to your desktop. You’ll have a free Bat Coloring Page that you can print as often as you want, for whatever kind of project you want. Use it for younger students that want in on the coloring fun, or as a full size visual aid for those that are just learning how to draw. For more options, please see my Coloring Page Gallery. It’s never been easier to see and download so many coloring pages all in one place!
Bat Coloring Page
How to Draw a Bat Materials
- 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.
How to Draw a Bat Directions
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Bat in 9 Simple Steps
- Draw the head on the center line.
- Add the eyes, nose and mouth for the bat’s face.
- Draw the two of the bat’s ears.
- Add a ring of fur below.
- Draw the symmetrical body and feet.
- Draw the wing forearms.
- Add the symmetrical fingers below.
- Draw the wing edges and add a sky.
- Trace with marker and color