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How to Draw a Red Fox

Learn how to draw a Red Fox with just a few basic shapes, and then get some color blending practice with those black feet.

how to draw a red fox
Red Fox drawing

Not every animal keeps their “look” after you boil them down to just a few simple shapes, but I believe this fox is one of the exceptions. The face with the long nose, the large ears, the strong legs and fluffy tail are all there, and most definitely say “I am a fox”. Not a dog or a wolf, but most definitely a fox.

The side view of his body also gives students a chance to detail the distinctive coloring on his legs. If you think you can only blend shades with oil pastels, guess again. Most black crayons do a pretty good job of mixing with other colors, you just have to go back and forth and overlap a lot. The goal is to have a nice soft edge between the dark feet, and whatever reddish color students have chosen for the body.

Preview of the step by step Red Fox tutorial

how to draw a red fox


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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • 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 markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • 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 in the smaller boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors, and seem a bit richer than ones Prang has.


Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Sitting Fox

  1. Draw a circle.

  2. Add the eyes and nose.

  3. Draw two ears.

  4. Draw a round body shape.

  5. Add a back leg.

  6. Draw a front leg as shown.

  7. Erase inside lines, and add a tail.

  8. Draw a background.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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