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How to Draw a Cute Turkey

Learn how to draw a cute turkey by adding a bit of anime style art to his head and face.

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Cute Turkey Drawing

A turkey drawing project is a kind of given, in any class or art room every November. But that shouldn’t mean you have only one choice, or that you have to do the same one every year.

Here’s a new tutorial that attempt to mix things up a little.

You have your fairly realistic body, but the face has kind of been put through the anime cute filter with an oversized head, beak and eye. Most students these days have been exposed to the look with Japanese cartoons, and most love to draw eyes with the little shiny spots inside. It is a fun way to feel like an actual cartoonist, so I don’t blame them!

Preview of the Cute Turkey PDF tutorial

how to draw a cute turkey


  • 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: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Cute Turkey

  1. Draw an oval for the body.

  2. Add a circle for the head.

  3. Connect with a neck.

  4. Add beak and wattle, erase line.

  5. Draw the spread tail.

  6. Add feather lines to the tail.

  7. Add curved lines and wing.

  8. Add an eye, feet and horizon line.

  9. Trace with marker and color.


Cute Turkey Drawing (click to open a PDF)
How to Draw a Turkey Project
Draw a Cartoon Turkey

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