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How to Draw a Realistic Koala Step by Step

How to Draw a Realistic Koala Step by Step

Below is a step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Step 1

Begin by drawing two circles. One large circle will be used to make the koala’s stomach and one smaller circle, half the size of the larger circle, will be used to create the head. As shown, these two circles should be divided. The outline of the bow arm should be drawn away from the bottom circle. As shown, the lower portion of the arm will point towards the bottom circle.

Step 2

To help define the contours of your face, gently draw a line from the top circle through it. The line should be inclined (30 degrees). Draw a square oval nose in the middle of the lower half of the divided face. The nose should be perpendicular and slightly below the line. With the top of each eye on the line, draw two eyes. The eyes should be slightly angled towards the nuclei (both the sides towards the middle of the face). We now turn our attention towards the bottom circle. Now, we must draw the back leg. As shown, this operation begins at the center of a large circle and continues in the form of an egg within that circle. The last step is to draw the tree that the koala is holding onto.

Step 3

Remove the guide from the middle of the head, and the segments of the circle guide. Draw ears. However, the ears will be largely defined by the hair texture. You can add details to the nose, eyes and chin. Two toes should be added to the back of your foot.

Step 4

This drawing is about the fur of the Koala. The unusual coat of Koalas is very shaggy. It doesn’t fuse like other animals, so it takes a different technique. It took me some time to find the best way to get a decent look. I had to redraw the entire drawing! It was a difficult task, but it was eventually mastered. As shown, you will need to shade a base layer. The next step is to finish the fur coat’s tone. Next, you will need to paint the fur texture. You will notice the darker areas on the one side of your face, in the middle of your body, and at the tips of the hind legs.

Step 5

Here are the steps. The first step is to finish shading the bottom layer of the Koala. Note that the area around the border, the belly (the part within the circle), is lighter than the areas above. Next, smoothen the shadow using a cotton pad/tissue or a Q-tip. I began this process in the top portion of the drawing. Similar to steps in my tutorial on sharks, this is also possible.

Step 6

Smoothen the shadows in the bottom half. Next, draw the hairy texture for the face. You don’t need to be precise with the hairs along the sides of your face. I simply shaded in lightly serrated lines for effect. For later emphasis, make the hair darker at the edges of the cheeks. Leave some space between your shoulder and the left cheek (the right cheek of the koala). Keep the chin and the two stickers on the nose at the same time.

Step 7

Let’s now draw a more obvious texture to the hair. Draw thin parallel lines along the face in curved rows. The shaded right cheek (left cheek of the Koala) can be done fairly smoothly and does not require much hair.

Step 8

This step is where I added some darker hair to the top of my head. As you can see, my hair at the top and middle of my face looks a little rough. I will be smoothing it out in the next steps.

Step 9

Smoothen hair texture with a Q-tip or cotton pad/tissue. You want to move in the same direction as the hair particles and do so very gently. We don’t want graphite to be completely smoothed. Instead, we want to preserve some hair detail but not remove all of it. It will remove all hair texture if you apply force to the shade and stroke it at an angle perpendicular.

Step 10

The traditional feathering method that is used for most furs is required for the ears. With a dark pencil (2B-4B), draw long, wavy hairs at the base of each ear. Make sure the strands are slightly different lengths. The hair should hang slightly downwards from the side of the head. In this step, I added another layer of drop shadow to make the upper body darker.

Step 11

The outer part of your ear is lighter so you will need a thinner hair texture. Make curved banana-shaped hairs starting at the top of the ear. These hairs should not be brushed too often – on Koalas, the outer ears hairs are mostly white. If the pencil gets too thick, you might need to use an eraser. This step also included the drawing of the texture of my body hair. It is a simple technique that doesn’t take too much time, even though it might seem like it. For more information, see the next step.

Step 12

It is easy to draw feathers – just draw thin lines in the same direction. It is important to arrange them in a curved line. To make them look more dispersed, arrange them in rows with jagged edges.

Step 13

It is crucial to determine the direction you draw the hairs on a koala’s body. This is because it is the main way to draw its shape. This chart will show you the direction that the feathers surrounding the arrows point. It will be helpful throughout the entire process.

Step 14

Continue to draw the hair texture around your torso. Continue to draw hairs in the same direction as Step [12]. You will notice that the feathers surrounding the back of your abdomen are very light and the feathers at the tip of your hind legs are dark. These tones should be captured in your drawing.

Step 15

Add hair textures to your hair. You should keep the same basic shading as when you started to paint the tones. However, you can make the hair darker/lighter or darker/heavier. The hairs are either thicker or thinner (place them closer or farther apart).

Step 16

The lower portion of the koala’s fur is smoother and more organized than the rest. The bottom is arced by three rows with roughly equal widths. The thin light bands at the bottom of each row (below hairs) and the darker, more visible strands of hair that run along the rows are noticeable.

Step 17

Continue to draw details of the feathers as well as the feathers of the hind legs, as shown.

Step 18

This is where we add dark patches to the fur coat. These tiny patches add depth to fur coat. Until now, the fur has only been trimmed down to a very thin level. We need to increase the thickness of the fur coat for Koalas. The dark patches of fur are drawn in jagged, thin bands. They are located mainly on the left side and under the chin. I also added hair to the fingers and toes in this step. You can use the same technique to draw hair on the fingers and toes of Koalas, who have strange hands and feet covered in the same fur as the rest.

Step 19

Now we can draw details for the nose and eyes. These missing details make the koala look odd. These details are easy to draw. The nose is a simple shaded block with some gradient on top. The eyes are an oval pupil with defined lines and shading on the bottom. Shade your chin.

Step 20

We are done with the koala, but now we need to draw some trees. Because the koala should always be the center of the drawing, you don’t need to draw the entire tree. I will instead draw the portion of the tree that the koala hangs from. Begin by drawing long straight lines that run in the direction of your tree. To create highlights, you can place some lines closer together than others.

Step 21

Start by drawing thin, long lines in the direction that the tree is to be drawn. Next, add contours to the’squared’, angled bark blocks, and then add darker, thicker lines where necessary. Shade the area but keep some light in the corners of certain segments and other areas.

Step 22

This is where you can see the bark detail I added to the tree texture.

Step 23

I now have shading in my texture. It’s obvious that it isn’t uniformly shaded. This is intentional to keep the texture organic and raw.

Step 24

This step can be skipped. In the previous step, the tree looked too pale. I therefore added shadows to the tree texture in order to reduce the highlights. This look is my preference, though I also like the look of the tree texture from the previous step. You can make the tree texture appear even more to the right. In this example, I made the tree texture fade in because there were too many trees in the image. This concludes the tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.

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