How to Draw a Cartoon Turtle
(the Easy Way)
Hey, slow down! Take it easy, there’s no rush.It's time to learn how to
draw a cartoon turtle. This friendly turtle is
not only very wise, he also knows a thing or two about taking life at
his own pace. And, when learning how to draw a turtle, it’s important
to remember to take things at your own pace too! Turtles are one of the
oldest groups of reptiles and either live on the land or in the
dive in! Get those pencils at the ready and let’s begin drawing our
wise old buddy. As you may expect for a creature that’s been around so
long, turtles have featured in a variety of cartoons, including Yertle
the Turtle by Dr Seuss and, perhaps most famously, Donatello and his
pals in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cowabunga!
STEP-1: Basic Shapes of our Turtle
For first step in learning how to draw a cartoon turtle, let's take it
steady – we’re going to start nice and easy with a couple of basic
shapes which will form the basis of our turtle.
First of all, draw one oval shape slightly on an angle
and one larger oval shape beneath. We can now add to these basic shapes
in the next step.
STEP-2: Adding some Detailed Touches to our Turtle
Now we’ve got the basic shapes, for our next step in how to draw a
cartoon turtle, let’s start adding some character to
our pal with the shell by sketching in some features. First of all,
draw two oval shapes for the eyes – one on the side of the head and one
seen from the front. Let’s also add our wise turtle’s knowing smile by
drawing a curved line near the bottom of the head.
Add the neck by drawing a three-sided box shape at the
base of the head, then draw two paddle shapes for the turtle’s
flippers. Our turtle lives in the sea, but his pals who live on the
land have webbed feet to help them get around.
At the bottom of the body, draw a series of vertical
lines which will eventually become our terrific turtle’s feet.
STEP-3: Adding More Details for Turtle Power!
Learning how to draw a cartoon turtle is easy when you follow our
steps! Let’s now add some more details to really bring our awesome
aquatic buddy to life.
Draw some eyelids on each eye as in our illustration,
then let’s start drawing the lines for that all-important shell – this
armour helps protect the body and is very handy when swimming through
Draw the chest plate first, using some angular lines at
the top to make it look like a piece of armour – remember to leave some
gaps for the flippers and legs to pop through!
You can also add another line at the bottom of the neck,
which will make it look as it our turtle’s head is literally pooping
out of his shell. Now, let’s finish the legs we started drawing earlier
– draw one foot as if seen from the side and the other as if seen from
STEP-4: Cowabunga! It’s Time for Color!
Our terrific turtle is nearly ready to dive into the water, but first
we need to make a splash with some final details and color!
off the eyes by drawing two eyebrows, then draw two small circles for
the pupils. On the front of our turtle’s body, draw three horizontal
curved lines to add texture to the shell.
Then, on the
back, draw a series of angular shapes to represent his protective
armour. There, our turtle is now ready for some color – rub out any
lines you don’t need and let’s get started! Draw the outline of the
body in dark green and the outline of the shell in dark brown.
take a medium green pen and color in the main body. Use a darker shade
of green for the eyebrows, eyelids and the back of his body.
use a medium shade of brown to colour in the shell around the arm and
the irregular shapes on our turtle’s back. For our wise buddy’s chest
piece, use a lighter shade of brown and go over the curved horizontal
lines in a darker shade – this helps the shell look 3D.
you go – our turtle is ready to take the plunge! Now you’ve learned how
to draw a cartoon turtle, why not try drawing some other turtles in a
variety of colors? Some turtles, such as the Eastern painted turtle,
have really vibrant markings and always make a big impression on land
or in the sea!