How to Draw a Cartoon Beaver
(the Easy Way)
Get busy like a beaver and learn how to draw one of these cute critters
with our easy-to-follow steps. Learning how to draw a cartoon beaver
couldn't be simpler, so grab your pencils and follow us down to the
river bank where we’ll get better acquainted with our furry friend!
STEP-1: Let’s Get Beavering Away with a
These busy little critters can always be found down by the river
building their lodges, dams and canals. So, let's get busy too and
begin our drawing of a cartoon beaver by sketching out the basic
First of all, draw two chubby cheeks followed by the top
the head. For the body, draw a wide 'U' shape. It may not look much
like a beaver yet, but once we've added a few more touches, you'll soon
be making a splash with your awesome illustration!.
STEP-2: A Beaver’s Tail – Adding More Elements to
'Wood' you believe it? Our cartoon beaver's ready for some more detail!
Let's do this by adding the all-important tail -make this nice and wide
and in the shape of a paddle, because this is very useful to our
wildlife workers when swimming in the river or transporting building
Next, let's add some ears to the top of the head (draw
upside-down 'U' shapes) and then make the top of the head jagged to
represent fur. We can also add some jagged lines to those chubby cheeks
and begin drawing our beaver's face by sketching in a nose and
Next, we'll start adding our cartoon beaver's leg – draw
an arc shape
and a foot with two vertical lines to represent the toes.
STEP-3: Building our Cartoon Beaver's Character
Now that we've added more detail to our cute critter, let's really
bring our drawing of a cartoon beaver to life by adding some more of
those all-important features! Make the tail look 3D by drawing another
line following the tail's outline.
Then, draw the inside of the ears so
that our wildlife workman can hear! Now, when gnawing through wood and
felling trees, it's important to have a good set of teeth, right? Let's
add these right now, making them nice and big as in our illustration.
Our riverside handyman is really taking shape, but wait! He can't be
very handy without hands, now can he?
Draw these like two clenched
fists – one seen from the side and the other facing the front – we'll
discover why they're drawn in this way in the next step of our lesson
in how to draw a cartoon beaver!
STEP-4: Adding the Final Details to our Dam-building Beaver
Have you ever heard of the old World War II film, The Dam Busters?
Well, our cute critter is a real-life dam builder! Beavers do this to
protect their families from predators and provide easy access to food
during winter. They work incredibly hard and have been known to fell
several trees a night!
The next stage in learning how to draw a cartoon
beaver is to add some finishing touches. Draw the eyes by sketching two
sets of horizontal wavy lines one above the other. In the middle of
each, draw a small circle.Remember the paws or hands we drew in the
previous stage? We drew them in this manner because our wildlife worker
is holding a stick.
Add this now, remembering to make the one end nice
and sharp – our busy beaver needs good tools! Next, draw a criss-cross
pattern on the tail and then draw an 'L' shape at the side of one
paw/hand for the elbow. Just beneath this, draw a short vertical line
to meet up with the top of the leg. Talking of legs, our cartoon beaver
only has one at the moment! Add the other one and there we go – our
cartoon beaver is almost ready to go to work!
STEP-5: Become a Busy Beaver with Color!
The final stage in learning how to draw a cartoon beaver
is also the part that's the most fun – adding color! Choose a
dark brown for the outline, then get busy rubbing out any lines you
Next, using a medium brown shade, color in the outside
the tail, followed by the face, hands and body, remembering to leave
our cute critter's chest area blank for now. He's looking
beaver-tastic! Now, select a light yellow color for those impressive
front teeth and color in the eyes and nose with black, remembering to
leave a small section white to represent highlights.
Finish off the inside of the tail with another dark
brown color and
then select a lighter shade of this color for our wildlife workman's
stick – the tools of the trade! Finally, select and orange-brown color
for our beaver's chest. You see? Learning how to draw a cartoon beaver
is easy when you follow our simple steps! Why not keep busy by learning
how to draw some other animals on our website?