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How to Draw a Crab

Young artists can learn how to draw a crab if they take it just one step at a time. Here are nine simple steps to draw this colorful fellow.

Did you know that Crabs are invertebrates (animals without a backbone)? Their exoskeleton provides support for their bodies and protects them from predators.

Crabs are also omnivores and eat both plant and animal matter. They feed on different types of algae, worms, and even mollusks. The different food habits they have are mostly dependent on their environment and the kind of food they can get. For example, saltwater crabs feed on baby turtles and even carcasses of birds and other sea animals washed up on the shore.

You can follow this nine step tutorial by downloading a PDF template that looks like the diagram below, or view the individual steps shown below. Have fun!

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Materials for How to Draw a Crab

  • 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.

Step by Step Directions for How to Draw a Crab

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Crab

  1. Make guidelines. Start the shell shape.

  2. Finish the bottom shell.

  3. Add two eyes.

  4. Start the two front arms.

  5. Finish with two claws.

  6. Draw six symmetrical legs.

  7. Add details to the legs and shell.

  8. Draw lots of shells around the crab.

  9. Trace with a marker and color with crayons or pencil crayons.

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  1. goody_tenzor
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    Love this fine crab drawing! Keep going!
    Here’s another
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33ZLjpvWcQk

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