Sloths are amazing creatures, so different from everything we know. The seem to have a very chill attitude towards life, and they’re definitely not lazy—they just don’t see the need to hurry! Sloths are also unbelievably cute, so we’re going to draw one today. It will be a simple illustration perfect for beginners, and later you can use it to create a colorful vector illustration with Nataliya Dolotko!
How to Draw a Sloth Step by Step
1. How to Draw a Sloth’s Body
Our sloth will be hanging from a tree branch, and its back will be neatly curved. So start the drawing with this clear curve.
To draw a uniform curve of the body, we may feel it with circles. First a big circle…
… then a smaller one…
… an even smaller one…
… and a similar one on top for the head.
You can now outline the body.
2. How to Draw a Sloth’s Legs
Draw the limbs that are the closest to us first. To keep the illustration simple, draw them as simple curves.
Draw a tree branch above the sloth. Feel free to use a ruler for this, but it’s not necessary.
Draw the foot holding the branch.
Draw the outline of the leg going from the foot towards the body.
Draw the hand—it will be more rounded than the foot.
Use the same technique as before to outline the arm.
There’s another pair of limbs we need to draw. It should be easy—just mirror the curves:
Make the other leg complete the same way as before:
And another arm, too:
Finally, add the long claws holding the branch.
3. How to Draw a Sloth’s Face
Draw the outline of the sloth’s flat face.
Add some basic guidelines to see the proportions better.
Draw the circle in the lower half—this will be the muzzle.
Draw the smile across the muzzle.
Add some details to the smile.
Draw the nose.
Draw the eyes.
Draw the dark pattern along the face.
Draw the cute fringe on the forehead.
4. How to Finish the Drawing of a Sloth
We’re going to draw the final lines now. If you’re drawing traditionally, use a darker tool for it, or place a new sheet of paper over the sketch.
Outline parts of the limbs, leaving space for other outlines.
Outline the nose.
Draw the details of the eyes. First, plan the shine dots…
… then fill everything outside of the shine dots…
… and slightly darken the lower dots (they come from reflected light).
Outline the cute mouth.
Add the “mask”.
Outline the whole face.
Outline the claws. Try to make them all very similar.
Outline the whole body and the branch.
Finally, thicken some of the lines to make the drawing visually more interesting without any colors or shading.
Good job! You can now take your drawing and turn it into a vector illustration. And if you’re interested in other tutorials like this, check one of these:
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