What we will be drawing

Welcome, and thanks for checking out the how to draw a capybara tutorial. This cute little guy shouldn’t be too difficult and it’s a good opportunity to practice your animal proportions and soft shading of the legs and snout.

How to draw a capybara

Step 1

The next few steps will be mapping out our underdrawing. Is it a surprise that we are going to start with a circle? At this point, it shouldn’t be!

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Step 2

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Step 7

Let’s darken our underdrawing and add some details. Capybaras have a pretty square snout so keep that in mind.

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Step 13

Ok, your Capybara is looking great and ready to come to life! Let’s darken up those lines. 😎

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Step 22

Ok, things are looking great, nice job. Now, let’s add a base colour to our little guy. We chose a dark rich brown.

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Step 23

We added some soft highlights on top of the dark brown, we’re going to make it look like fur in the next step.

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Step 24

Blend your light layer with some short, fast strokes to give the illusion of fur.

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Step 25

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Step 26

Capybaras have a dark snout so let’s add a soft dark brown over the entire snout.

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Step 27

Also add a soft dark over the eyes, we’ll fix it up a bit later.

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Step 28

A little highlight is all you need to bring this guy to life. Use your eraser to remove some of the shadow around the eye and again give the illusion of fur.

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Step 29

Now we can add a light brown along the back and use our fur blending technique to give the illusion of lighter fur along this guy’s back.

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🎉 Finished Drawing 🎉

We can add a little shadow underneath for realism, then you are done, great job! We hope you learned something through this tutorial, even if it was just what the heck a Capybara is! See you next time.

How to draw a capybara

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