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How to Draw a Deer (Easy Step by Step with Pictures)

How to Draw a Deer (Easy Step by Step with Pictures)

Do you think drawing a deer is hard? You might think drawing a deer is hard.

But if you follow the step by step pictures below, then it’ll be easy to draw a deer.

With these 11 steps, you’ll be a pro at drawing a deer.

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how to draw a deer step by step

Step 1: Draw deer head

how to draw a deer step 1 draw head

Create a blocky heart shape

Step 2: Draw deer ears

how to draw a deer step 2 draw ears

On either side of that blocky heart shape, create a leaf shape, one thinner than the other

Step 3: Start drawing deer body

how to draw a deer step 3 draw line from heart shape

From the right edge of the heart shape create a curved line going downward, then continue that line horizontally, finally curving downward to outline the top part of the body.

Step 4: Draw deer antlers

how to draw a deer step 4 draw antlers

Back at the top of the blocky heart shape, we’re going to outline where the antlers come out.

From the middle of the top edges of the heart shape, we’re going to make 2 lines per side.

The first line should be wide and curved, and the second should be straighter and closer to the head.

This is going to guide us in making the antlers later.

Step 5: Start drawing deer legs

how to draw a deer step 5 draw deer legs

Now we’re going to move to the legs.

Much like with the dragon image we’re going to outline the shape of the legs before finishing them off.

From the body line we made earlier take the large curve downward further down in that curve, but leave a little bit extended out for the tail.

Now, remember the unique knee shape of the dragon?

Similar to the deer, create a little bit of a sharp edge and then bring that edge inward.

For the back hind leg make a little line outward from the first dip in of the leg we just made, then bring it straight down!

On the front leg, we’re going to make a long crotchet rest symbol, and finally, a little bit away from that, under where the chin of the head is, we’re going to make a straight line with a little curve outward at the bottom of it.

Step 6: Finish drawing deer body

how to draw a deer step 6 draw deer body

Let’s finish that body! From the other side of the head we’re going to make a big curve for the neck and chest, then stop with a little space for the front of the leg that will come later.

Behind that leg that is shaped like a rest note, we’re going to make a smaller curved line for the belly!

Step 7: Finish drawing deer legs

how to draw a deer step 7 finish drawing legs

Let’s finish those legs.

Create matching lines to the guidelines we made before, but don’t make them too far from the guidelines, deer have thin legs! close off those legs with a hoof by making a straight line where they connect.

Step 8: Add deer tail and finish antlers

how to draw a deer step 8 draw tail

Now let’s close off that tail line, that little bit of curve line we left alone earlier from the original body guideline.

Just close that up to the body!

Then let’s go back to the antlers.

Using those lines we made earlier, draw a shape around them in the same shape as the guidelines, using the guidelines as a midline.

Step 9: Draw deer nose

how to draw a deer step 9 draw nose

Now where that heart comes together, create a straight line going across, and at the end of it make a very fat keyhole (or up arrow) shape, but make sure it’s very fat and rounded! this is the nose!

Step 10: Erase unneeded antler lines

how to draw a deer step 10 erase extra antler lines

Erase the midline from the antlers and where the ear overlaps on the right (that ear is covered by the antler!)

Step 11: Finish the deer drawing

how to draw a deer step 11 draw deer face and hoofs

Fill in the nose and draw some <> shaped eyes, adding a white dot for the highlights, then make the hoofs filled in as well. There you have it, a deer!

There you go! Your very own deer!

I’d like to thank Carolyn for sharing her process. Be sure to check out her social @ClazDesign if you enjoyed her illustrations. She also has some amazing prints and illustrations available in her shop.

Yield: How to Draw a Deer

How to Draw a Deer Printable Guide

how to draw a deer step by step

Step-by-step instructions on how to draw a deer.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Instructions

      1. Step 1: Draw deer head. Create a blocky heart shape how to draw a deer step 1 draw head
      2. Step 2: Draw deer ears. On either side of that blocky heart shape, create a leaf shape, one thinner than the other.

        how to draw a deer step 2 draw ears
      3. Step 3: Start drawing deer body. From the right edge of the heart shape create a curved line going downward, then continue that line horizontally, finally curving downward to outline the top part of the body.

        how to draw a deer step 3 draw line from heart shape
      4. Step 4: Draw deer antlers. Back at the top of the blocky heart shape, we’re going to outline where the antlers come out.

        From the middle of the top edges of the heart shape, we’re going to make 2 lines per side.

        The first line should be wide and curved, and the second should be straighter and closer to the head.

        This is going to guide us in making the antlers later. how to draw a deer step 4 draw antlers
      5. Step 5: Start drawing deer legs. Now we’re going to move to the legs.



        Much like with the dragon image we’re going to outline the shape of the legs before finishing them off.

        From the body line we made earlier take the large curve downward further down in that curve, but leave a little bit extended out for the tail.

        Now, remember the unique knee shape of the dragon?

        Similar to the deer, create a little bit of a sharp edge and then bring that edge inward.

        For the back hind leg make a little line outward from the first dip in of the leg we just made, then bring it straight down!

        On the front leg, we’re going to make a long crotchet rest symbol, and finally, a little bit away from that, under where the chin of the head is, we’re going to make a straight line with a little curve outward at the bottom of it. how to draw a deer step 5 draw deer legs
      6. Step 6: Finish drawing deer body. Let’s finish that body! From the other side of the head we’re going to make a big curve for the neck and chest, then stop with a little space for the front of the leg that will come later.

        Behind that leg that is shaped like a rest note, we’re going to make a smaller curved line for the belly!how to draw a deer step 6 draw deer body
      7. Step 7: Finish drawing deer legs. Let’s finish those legs.

        Create matching lines to the guidelines we made before, but don’t make them too far from the guidelines, deer have thin legs! close off those legs with a hoof by making a straight line where they connect. how to draw a deer step 7 finish drawing legs
      8. Step 8: Add deer tail and finish antlers. Now let’s close off that tail line, that little bit of curve line we left alone earlier from the original body guideline.

        Just close that up to the body!

        Then let’s go back to the antlers.

        Using those lines we made earlier, draw a shape around them in the same shape as the guidelines, using the guidelines as a midline. how to draw a deer step 8 draw tail
      9. Step 9: Draw deer nose. Now where that heart comes together, create a straight line going across, and at the end of it make a very fat keyhole (or up arrow) shape, but make sure it’s very fat and rounded! this is the nose! how to draw a deer step 9 draw nose
      10. Step 10: Erase unneeded antler lines. Erase the midline from the antlers and where the ear overlaps on the right (that ear is covered by the antler!) how to draw a deer step 10 erase extra antler lines
      11. Step 11: Finish the deer drawing. Fill in the nose and draw some shaped eyes, adding a white dot for the highlights, then make the hoofs filled in as well. There you have it, a deer!

        There you go! Your very own deer!

        I’d like to thank Carolyn for sharing her process. Be sure to check out her social @ClazDesign if you enjoyed her illustrations. She also has some amazing prints and illustrations available in her shop. how to draw a deer step 11 draw deer face and hoofs

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