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Easy How to Draw a Caterpillar Tutorial and Caterpillar Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Caterpillar and a Caterpillar Coloring Page. A little shading along the edges adds some extra dimension.

Most young artists think learning how to draw a caterpillar is best done 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.

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.

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Caterpillar Coloring Page

“How to Paint a Caterpillar“ Project

Materials to Draw an Easy Caterpillar

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

Directions to Draw an Easy Caterpillar

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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