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How to Draw an Easy Caterpillar

Learn how to draw an easy caterpillar that has extra squishy looking sections. A little shading along the edges adds some extra dimension.

How to Draw a Caterpillar
Drawing of a Caterpillar

A caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly or moth which has a  segmented wormlike body and legs. Caterpillars may be hairy, have bright colors to scare away predators, or be colored to resemble their surroundings. In short, there are many different kinds so a drawing of one can look many different ways.

Most young artists think a caterpillar is best drawn as a series of circles, but I found this method works even better. Turns out if you start by drawing the lines where the sections connect, and then attach them with curves, you get a much more realistic look. It’s an easy way to make them look like a series of fat sections, and not some circles that are barely touching each other. Just be sure to make that first line light, as it’s just a guide to get started and doesn’t need to be in the finished drawing.

How to Draw a Caterpillar
Preview of the step by step Caterpillar drawing tutorial
Caterpillar Drawing Page

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 50 minutes.

How to Draw an easy Caterpillar

  1. Draw the center spine (very lightly).

  2. Draw eight lines centered on the spine.

  3. Connect the top ends with a curved line.

  4. Connect the bottom ends with a curved line.

  5. Erase the spine line and add the head.

  6. Draw eyes and mouth.

  7. Add spots, antennae, and lots of feet.

  8. Trace with marker, color with dark green.

  9. Color the rest of the caterpillar.

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