Learning how to draw a ferret can easily be done using this simple step-by-step lesson. I will show you how to draw a basic posture that looks genuine using only a few basic shapes. Then, you will have the opportunity to add fun details and apply plain colors on all body parts. Finally, we will create simple shadows on the subject to create more depth and volume.
Ferrets can sleep up to 17 hours a day. They can eat many things like bones, skin and meat. You can keep these adorable animals at home in some countries. Let's see how we can draw a basic version of this animal using only six steps.
The first step is to locate the character in your work space using basic shapes. These shapes can also be used to polish the posture of the character and adjust proportions. You can start by drawing a large oval shape to form the head. The neck and the body are made from small rectangles.
On top of the head, a tiny triangle is sketched to illustrate the ear. The body and the legs are done using circles. For the tail, you can use a long and thin rectangle. Nice work! We have all we need to continue this lesson on how to draw a ferret!
It's now time to draw the character using perfect curved lines. I like to use lines that are pointed on both ends and slightly thicker near the middle. Notice the particular shape of the head. The top is made from a long curved line and the nose is pointed.
The arms are also very unusual. Elbows are sharp and hands are bent towards the middle of the body. The back legs are short, but still slightly larger than the arms. Don't forget to create a long tail made from more perfect lines. Once the silhouette of the subject is created, you can erase all gray shapes created earlier.
Inside the character, you can draw more details using mostly lines that are thinner than the previous ones. First, draw the pupil and a tiny patch inside this one. Next, work on the nose using another curved line. A large patch is created around the eye and another one is drawn inside the ear. A few lines are then added on the body and inside the hands and feet. Great work! This lesson on how to draw a ferret is progressing nicely.
Ferrets are usually filled with two different colors. For this lesson, you can use a dark brown color and a beige one. Notice how the nose and the ear located behind are darker. The reflection inside the pupil can be white. The brown color is added inside the patch located around the eye and on the outside of the ear.
You can also find this color on the arms, the tail and the back legs. As for the beige color, this one is mostly located on the stripes and on the face of the subject.
One last thing we can do to increase the level of realism of this image is to add simple shadows. These new additions are also filled with plain colors. You simply need to use a color that is slightly darker to create the perfect effect. Just draw new shapes below the ear, on the nose, the bottom of the jaw and below the neck. More great shadows can be drawn below the arms, on the tail, the chest and around the back legs.
You can see the final illustration once all steps are completed below. This is not a simple animal to illustrate since it does have a weird anatomy. Don't hesitate to sketch this animal is various postures and using different proportions to improve your drawing abilities. It can also be a good idea to add more details and textures to your image if you wish to create a more realistic character.
Above, you can see all steps required to learn how to draw a ferret in just six easy steps. You can learn how to draw more appealing animals from this series here. Enjoy! :)