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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.

Crab drawing, finished with marker and crayons

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!

A preview of the Crab step by step tutorial



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

    Love this fine crab drawing! Keep going!
    Here’s another

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