How To Draw A Deer?

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What do you know of deer? What does it look like ? How to wear a drawing of the deer? Is it difficult to draw it? Where to start to draw a deer in its natural environment?

We are given the mission to provide answers to your questions. To start, you should know that:

The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is a large deer of the temperate forests of Europe, North Africa, North America and Asia. Its name is a pleonasm, because "elaphe" already means "deer" in Greek. This deer is one of the best known representatives of this family of mammals. The species includes several subspecies, including the Bactrian deer, the Turkestan deer, the Turkestan red deer or the Turkestan red deer. In the Middle Ages, the deer was an animal with a particularly strong symbolic charge. Like the bear or the lion, he is part of the animal kingdoms.

Here is what awaits you in this article.

  • All about deer
  • How to draw the deer?
  • What's it like to draw?

After reading this article you will have no difficulty in drawing the deer

Ready for the adventure? Let's get into the thick of it !

The deer: king of our forests


Undisputed king of our forests , the deer has fascinated people for thousands of years. While there were still spectacular specimens of it in Gallo-Roman times, its population was greatly reduced over the centuries, before it was reintroduced in certain regions. Today, although it causes damage in the forests, it has not yet reached its maximum expansion capacity and no one would like to see it disappear. Because, more than an animal, it is the spirit of our forests.

Symbolism and mythology of the deer

If the deer were to disappear from our territory, an entire section of its history and mythology would collapse. Indeed, the oldest known Gallic deity is the god Cernunnos , whose name is attested by a Gallo-Roman inscription of the pillar of the Nautes (1st century AD), discovered under the choir of Notre-Dame de Paris . However, the origins of the god would be much older and we can estimate that our hunter-gatherer ancestors already paid him homage in the Mesolithic era, more than 10,000 years ago, if we are to believe certain representations of ancient caves. The god wearing antlers on his head would be the protective spirit of game and hunting.

The renewal of the antlers of the beast in spring, and its fall in winter, in accordance with the seasonal cycles, undoubtedly contributed to the sacralization of the deer.

Symbol of physical strength, reproductive, virility, fertility, the animal appears as the absolute emblem of the forest. It is a natural wealth that we must preserve.

Learn how to draw a deer in this step by step tutorial


Deer are known for their peaceful nature and graceful gaits. That's why they top the list of artists' favorite animals to draw . However, if capturing the quiet elegance of a deer seems daunting, don't worry. Just like with any new subject, learning the basics and continuing practice will reap the best rewards.

We've put together this step-by-step tutorial to help you better understand how to draw a deer , as well as how to make its antlers enviable. All you'll need to get started are some basic drawing supplies , paper , and a positive attitude. Ready to try? Then grab your drawing supplies and paper. It's time to draw a deer!

Learn to draw a deer step by step

  • Step 1: Do your research

Before you start drawing , it's important to set aside some time to familiarize yourself with the anatomy of the deer. Although they are hoofed animals like horses, there are several differences to consider when drawing deer . In particular, you will find that they have smaller heads and more slender bodies. Additionally, it's helpful to narrow down the deer subspecies you want to depict and gather some reference photos that you can refer to.

This tutorial will focus on drawing a Male Whitetail Deer, also known as a Whitetail Deer.

  • Step 2: Start with a small circle

Start lightly sketching a small circle on the paper . This will be the deer's head.

  • Step 3: Add the neck and muzzle

Next, add a rectangular shaped muzzle to the side of the circle, and a thick rectangular neck extending down at a slight angle.

  • Step 4: Build the Body

Now it's time to build the body of the deer . To do this, we will sketch two large circles . The deer will be looking over its shoulder in this image, so the first circle that makes up the chest will overlap with the neck by a large margin. Then draw a circle for the hindquarters a bit further. Make sure these circles are at a parallel height.

Next, connect the circles to create the body of the deer . The line of the back should slope slightly when it meets the shoulders and the line of the belly should curve under the chest.

  • Step 5: Sketch the legs

With the body in place, it's time to add some legs to the deer . Lightly sketch the front legs using long rectangular shapes and indicating the knee and ankle joints with small circles. Next, draw the nearest hind leg with a trumpet shape for the thigh, making sure the widest part meets the body. Add a circle at the knee joint and sketch a thinner rectangle at an angle, also ending in a circle. Draw the furthest hind leg the same way , but fold a bit closer to the front legs

  • Step 6: Add the hooves and ears

After drawing the legs , add the deer's hooves. Lightly sketch trapezoidal shapes at the bottom of each leg. Next, turn your attention upwards and draw large petal-shaped ears at the top of the deer's head. If you want, you can also add an eye at the top center of the head at this time.

  • Step 7: Refine the face

Now that we've drawn the basic deer shapes , we'll start to slowly refine them. Starting with the head, cut out a slightly narrower muzzle from the initial shape we drew. Make sure the nose protrudes slightly from the mouth. Add a nostril to the nose and a crease over the almond-shaped eye. Don't forget to erase any remaining guidelines around the head when you're done.

  • Step 8: Define the body

Next we are going to give the body of the deer more definition. Starting at the neck, refine the line that connects to the chest, making sure it protrudes halfway down the legs. Similarly, refine the lines of the back and belly. Erase any remaining guidelines in the body.

  • Step 9: Refine the legs

Finally, refine your Deer's legs . Using the shapes you drew, connect them into strong, angled legs . Also, add an extra toe just above each of the four hooves. Erase any remaining guidelines until you have a clean outline of the deer.

  • Step 10: Add the woods
deer head

You can leave your deer as is if you want to draw a fawn. However, in this tutorial we are drawing an adult male deer , or stag so we will be adding a pair of antlers to the head. Depending on the age of the deer and the time of year, these can come in different shapes and sizes. Here we will add two medium sized woods. Starting between the ears, create branch-like shapes that crown above the deer's head.

  • Step 11: Sketch a background

Since your deer drawing is almost done, it's time to give it a home. Most deer live in forests or grasslands, so draw an appropriate landscape of your choice to complete the illustration.

  • Step 12: Review the ink drawing

Finally, it's time to review the ink drawing . Using the pen of your choice, carefully trace your pencil lines . To make sure you don't smudge any ink, be sure to keep a spare piece of paper near your drawing hand. Then use stippling on the deer's fur to give it some texture.

When you're done inking, you can either add color to the composition or leave it as it is for a striking black and white illustration of a male deer in a snowy forest.

Easily draw a deer in 13 steps:

  • 1st step :

Start lightly sketching a small dot on the paper. This will be the deer's eye.

  • 2nd Step:

Then add another stitch with a down draw to the side of the stitch.

  • 3rd Step:

Now we will draw the basic shapes of the deer's head.

  • 4th Step:

Next, we are going to draw the deer's ear.

  • 5th Step:

And then the horn that says it's the design of the Deer.

  • 6th Step:

We will now attack on the part of the body.

  • 7th Step:

Next, we draw the leg on the left side.

  • 8th Step:

And then the leg on the right side.

  • 9th Step:

The drawing is almost finished.

  • 10th Step:

We will draw a straight leg back.

  • 11th Step:

And then the left leg.

  • 12th Step:

Finally, our drawing of the Deer is finished.

  • 13th Step:

Let's add a color of your choice to make our drawing look realistic.


What's it like to draw?


It would be good to retrace the history of the design to form an overall opinion. But here we tend to have two visions of drawing: Meditation & communication!

When we draw we are no longer in the same state as everyday life. The body is more relaxed, more on the lookout… we become “in phase” with our drawing and feel like a global energy invading us. It has also been recognized that the practice of drawing has a beneficial effect on our health .

We have the fabulous capacity to extend our being to inert objects which thus become parts of ourselves. By driving we become a car, in fencing the sword becomes an extension of us, etc. The same goes for drawing! And it is precisely when we are in tune with what we draw and our equipment that we obtain the best results.

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