Ready for a double whammy? Learn how to draw a snake with two different tutorials covering two different poses. The first is a 6-step drawing tutorial of the snake slithering. The second tutorial is a 5-step tutorial of the snake striking. This is very cool!
Did you know?
- Snakes are reptiles
- Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters)
- There are more than 3,000 species of snakes in the world
- The biggest snake in the world is the reticulated python. This species of python can grow to a HUGE 30 feet (9 meters) long!
- Snakes have poor eyesight, so they have heat sensors to pick up vibrations around them
- Snakes use their tongues to smell
Tutorial 1: how to draw a snake slithering Level: beginner
Tutorial steps: 6 Tutorial 2: how to draw a snake striking Level: intermediate
Tutorial steps: 5
Tutorial 1: snake slithering
Draw a squiggly line with an oval shape at the end. Take your time getting this shape right, so it looks like the image.
Using the oval shape as a guide, draw the head outline, which is pear shaped. Then draw a single arced line in the middle of the head. After this, draw a wavy line to show the eye socket. See image on the left.
Draw two lines that form the body. The first line starts on the left side, at the base of the head and follow the guide curve we created in step one. End this line in the middle of the second bend in the body. See image on the left. Draw a second line for the body from the right side, at the base of the head and follow the guide curve up and stop in the middle of the first bend in the body. See image. Now draw in the eyes with two curved lines. Finally we’ll add two dots for the nostrils at the tip of the nose. See image for reference.
Now continue the left side of the body up and around to the point of the tail. Then continue the line for the right side of the body creating the second curve in the body. This stops at the third body curve. Then we draw the final line for the tail as we continue the right side of the body down towards the tail tip, creating a point.
Now let’s create the forked tongue. Draw a line down from the tip of the nose in the middle. Then draw two lines out either side to create a ‘V’ shape. This creates our forked snake tongue.
And we are complete!
From here you can draw some lines on the body to create some scale patterns and even draw a spiral cylinder shape on the tail to turn your snake into a rattlesnake. Have fun!
Tutorial 2: snake striking
Draw two oval shapes at 90 degrees, overlapping each other on one end. Now draw an ‘S’ curve starting on the left of where the oval shapes intersect. Draw the line down in an ‘S’ shape down and away from the ovals. The line and ovals form our general shape. Refer to image.
Now draw the top and lower jaw shape, using the ovals as a guide. Now draw two lines to start the body. Draw the first body line starting half way down the jaw and out to the left in an arc, stopping the line before hitting the ‘S’ line we had drawn in step one.
Now draw the second body line parallel with the ‘S’ line we have previously drawn, starting at the bend in the ‘S’ line and down at 45 degrees. See image reference on left.
First, let’s draw two lines for the inside of the mouth. The first is a short line from the top of the jaw, down to the bottom. The second mouth line starts at the top tip of the jaw, and follows the oval shape we drew in step 1. This line stops about half way along the oval shape, then continues straight down to the bottom tip of the lower jaw. For the eye, draw a circle in the eye socket at the top of the oval shape. For the body we’ll draw two lines. The first starts at the back of the head where the two oval shapes intersect. This line follows the ‘S’ line out to the left and around, back towards the bottom of the jaw forming a ‘U’ shape. The second body line starts at the lower jaw and follows the ‘S’ guide line downwards. Refer to reference image.
It’s time to add the fangs. Draw a sharp curved fang just below the eye. The second fang on the right starts at the tip near the nose and arcs down. Add a line or dot in the middle of the eye for the pupil, and draw a small arc just above the eye to make the eye ridge.
Finally, draw a line for the inside of the mouth. See reference image for placement.
That’s it, we are now complete. Feel free to draw your own scales around the body and add your own tongue.
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Snakes have a bit of a bad reputation. Symbolically, they usually represent evil or can be used to describe someone who is dishonest. This reputation is a bit unfair to actual snakes, and they can come in all manner of sizes and colors in the world. Despite their negative reputation, they also have their fair share of fans in the world, and because of the many looks and colors they can come in, they are a favorite among artists. This step-by-step guide on how to draw a snake in just 7 easy steps will have you drawing a scaly new friend before you know it! What’s in this Blog Post
- How to Draw A Snake – Let’s get Started
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Draw in some more of the snake’s body
- Step 3 – Now, start to draw the head
- Step 4 – Next, give your snake a belly
- Step 5 – Now, draw in some face details
- Step 6 – Add some finishing touches
- Step 7 – Finish off your snake drawing with some color
- 3 More tips to make your snake drawing easy!
- Your Snake Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw A Snake – Let’s get Started
As you might imagine, there will be a good deal of curvy lines in this guide on how to draw a snake. This first step is no exception, and we shall kick things off with a very curvy line that will be the basis for the body of your snake. The reference image will be a guide on how this line should look.
Step 2 – Draw in some more of the snake’s body
Using the line you drew in the previous step, we shall be drawing on more of the body for your snake drawing. Starting at the end of the line at the right-hand side, draw in another line that follows the direction of the first one to make the body of the snake looking as it does in the reference image.
Step 3 – Now, start to draw the head
Now that you have the body of your snake, we shall draw in a face for your snake drawing in this step. You can start off with some large oval shapes to give your snake some big eyes. Then, use a curved line coming from the eye on the right down to the body that you drew in the previous step.
Step 4 – Next, give your snake a belly
In this step of our guide on how to draw a snake, we shall add in a belly for your snake. Starting from the bottom of the head, draw a line inside the body until you get around three-quarters of the way along the body. Once you have it looking as it does in the picture, you’re ready for the next step.
Step 5 – Now, draw in some face details
Your snake drawing needs some personality, so let’s add facial details in this image to give it some! We will be adding a few details in this step. The main one will be some big pupils for the eyes. You could also change the look of the eyes to change the facial expression. We will then use some curved lines to give the face some nostrils, and then finally draw in a forked tongue coming out of the mouth.
Step 6 – Add some finishing touches
For step 6 of our guide on how to draw a snake, we shall add in some last details before moving on to the coloring stage. The main details will be on the belly of your snake. Draw some horizontal lines all along the belly section that you drew in earlier. Then you can add in some last, final details to give your snake drawing even more personality! We added a few lines, and did some crosshatching details on the body of the snake. You can make this crosshatching mark by drawing four lines intersecting with each other. They will look a bit like the pattern you would play tic tac toe in. This mark can help to give some scaly texture to your snake drawing. These are the details we chose for this drawing, but you should add in any extra fun details that you would like for your drawing!
Step 7 – Finish off your snake drawing with some color
At the seventh and final step, you have learned how to draw a snake! You should already be proud of the awesome drawing in front of you, but there’s also still some fun to be had with this drawing. Now you get to stretch your creative muscles a bit by adding in some beautiful colors for your snake drawing. We used green and yellow as the main colors in our example drawing. This is just one way you could color in this drawing, however! You could go with a similar color scheme or use some of your favorite colors to finish it off. You could also have some fun by drawing in a background for your snake. What kind of environmental background would you pick for the snake? Once you have chosen some colors for your picture, you can have some fun with different art mediums! Everyone has a favorite, and they can range from crayons to paints, watercolors, colored pens and pencils. If you have one medium that you usually use to color, maybe you could try out one you’re not as familiar with to color in your snake! We can’t wait to see the colors and art tools you choose for your snake drawing.
3 More tips to make your snake drawing easy!
Drawing a snake can be hard, but here are three ways that it can be fun and easy! Snakes have no limbs, so you would assume that it would be easier to draw them than some other animals. This is not always the case, however, as it can be quite tricky drawing these slithery creatures. Even though we created a cartoony one for this snake sketch, you can still use photos of real snakes to help make it easier. Using a reference can help make drawing details such as the tail, body shape and scales much easier, and it can make it so that you have more accurate proportions. You can find pictures of snakes on We showed you how you can use basic shapes and lines to create this snake drawing, but you can take it even further. Using your pencil, you can use basic shapes to work with when you draw the pen lines later. No one will see these lines and shapes, so use as many as you need! If there are any other ways that you can prepare with your pencil, then you should definitely feel free to use whatever methods you need. Drawing is supposed to be fun, so if you can make it easier then it can be more enjoyable! This guide showed you a really cute design to use for this drawing of a snake, and if you follow the steps you will be able to draw it yourself. Even if you follow the steps, you may find yourself struggling with certain elements. There is no shame in this, as different people will struggle with different things! For example, if the eyes are hard for you to get right, you can make them much simpler. You could even use two dots for the eyes instead of drawing them as they appear here. This is just one example, but you should definitely just go ahead and adjust the design in any way that makes it easier for you. You’ll still end up with an amazing picture!
Your Snake Drawing is Complete!
Look at that, you set out to learn how to draw a snake and that’s exactly what you did! We really hope that this guide was helpful for you, and showed you that learning to draw something can be easier than you might have expected. Our goal with this guide was to make it easy to learn to draw a cute snake, but we also aimed to make it fun for you to use! This guide can also serve as a jumping-off point for you to show off your own creativity! There are many ways you can do this. We suggested drawing in a background and trying out a new art medium to color in, but what other ways can you think of to finish off your drawing? We’re sure to see lots of creative interpretations, so be sure to let your creativity run wild! This step-by-step drawing guide is just one of many more that we have for you, so checking our website often is the best way to never miss out on any of the drawing fun! We would also love to see what you decided to use to finish off your drawings, so we hope that you will share your completed snake drawings on our Facebook and Pinterest pages for us to admire! We can’t wait to see some amazing and colorful snakes.
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