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How to Draw a Cartoon Turkey

Learn how to draw a cartoon turkey and add some extra personality to this iconic bird. A fun and simple hat will do the trick.

Cartoon Turkey Drawing

There’s certainly more than one way to draw a turkey, they just tend to have different levels of complexity. Drawing one from the front is great for symmetrical drawing, but a side view lets you see more of their distinctive profile too.

This one is great for younger elementary students as the shapes are all pretty basic, and the added hat gives permission to be a little silly.

Preview of the Cartoon Turkey PDF tutorial


  • 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.


Time needed: 35 minutes.

How to Draw a Cartoon Turkey

  1. Draw an oval.

  2. Draw a U shape and neck.

  3. Draw a hat.

  4. Add a beak to the head.

  5. Erase gray line. Draw head, hat details.

  6. Draw radiating feather lines from body.

  7. Connect feathers, add wing and feet.

  8. Add a background.

  9. Trace with marker and color.


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