How to Draw a Cartoon Armadillo
(the Easy Way)
Get ready for some armor action! Don’t roll yourself up into a ball
like this little dude – simply follow our step-by-step guide to
learning how to draw a cartoon armadillo. You’ll soon be wowing friends
and family with your supreme skills with a pencil!
STEP-1: Coming out of our Shell with some
The name 'armadillo' means 'little armored one' in Spanish, so to get
started on this stylish señor, let's draw a basic shape which will form
the basis for our awesome picture. Sketch out a large curve with a
jagged edge, as in our illustration. Olé! We’re on our way…
STEP-2: Adding to our Armadillo with more Features
Now our little friend has got his armor, let's continue our lesson in
how to draw a cartoon armadillo by adding a few more features to make
him more recognizable. On the left-hand side of the shell, draw a small
head with a long snout and a big ear – almost like a rabbit's. Then, on
the right-hand side, draw a nice curvy tail that meets in a point at
the end. Wow – he's taking shape already!
STEP-3: Can You Dig It? Let's add some Claws and other Details
Our little buddy just loves to dig, so the next stage in learning how
to draw a cartoon armadillo is to add those all-important claws and
give him some eyes.Although armadillos have very large eyes, their
eyesight isn't so good.
Just draw a large circle on the head and there you go –
our señor can see!
While we're here, let's add another of those rabbit-like ears – simply
draw a shape similar to the other one.
It's now time to add those crucial claws – armadillos have sharp claws
which are ideal for digging, building burrows and foraging for food.
Draw these as if seen from the side.
STEP-4: Adding the Armor
The next part of learning how to draw a cartoon armadillo is to add
some finishing touches to that amazing armor – after all, this is what
protects our little buddy from predators and is vital when rolling
themselves into a ball!Following the curve of the body, draw a series
of curved vertical lines as in our illustration – you can also add part
of this effect to the tail which will really bring our awesome sketch
Remember the large circle you drew for the eye? Add a smaller circle at
the top of this, so our armadillo appears to be looking up – our little
buddy now has a personality!
STEP-5: Let's Go Crazy with Color!
Now you've learned how to draw a cartoon armadillo, it's
time to really give our drawing the wow factor by adding some color to
our stylish armored señor!
First of all, select a dark brown color for the outline, then rub out
any lines you don't need.
After this, grab a yellow pen and color in the head and
most of the body. You'll notice that in our illustration, the bottom
half of our armadillo's body is orange – this represents shadow and
gives our little buddy a really 3D appearance. Take your favorite
orange pen and do the same on your drawing, taking note of where the
shadowed areas are.
Next, select a lighter brown color for the inside of the
ears and the stripes on our armadillo's armor. Again, where the area is
in shadow, simply select a darker brown to give depth.
We're almost there! Color in the small circle you drew in the eye using
a black pen, then take a dark brown color and fill in the feet – our
armadillo is ready to dig!
We think you'll agree that learning how to draw a cartoon armadillo was
worth coming out of your shell for!
Now you've mastered the art of our armored buddy, why
not try drawing some of the surrounding landscape or other armadillo
friends for him to go digging with? Adios for now!