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How to Draw an Ant
  • By Christine Hattingh
  • 24 Jan 2023
  • 7 Mins
  • Advanced
  • Drawing Tutorials

How to Draw an Ant

With this easy-to-follow guide you will learn how to draw an ant in just 4 steps

In today’s drawing tutorial, you can learn how to draw an Ant from basic sketches to adding color and shading. Your ant illustration is just perfect for educational projects or an insect enthusiast. Imagine the fun drawing pages you can create, lunch bag stickers, or even digital patterned paper.

Ant drawing - final result

Before you begin, get your drawing supplies ready. For your drawing, you can use any art supplies you have available, like pencils, and paints, or use a digital drawing app such as Procreate or DesignScape.

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Step 1 - Sketch the Body of your Ant

Using a sketching medium, you are going to roughly sketch the body of your ant. You can use any light-colored or erasable tool as your sketching medium. An ant's body consists of four groups, namely the head, alitrunk, petiole, and gaster.

Starting at the top of our ant drawing, roughly sketch a vertical egg shape for the head. Right below the head sketch a long oval shape for the alitrunk. The alitrunk should be narrower than the head and slightly longer.

Roughly sketch the head and alitrunk of your ant

Below the alitrunk, draw a small squared shape for the petiole. Then, draw a large circle with a pointy bottom for the gaster.

Draw the ant petiole and gaster

Step 2 - Add the Ant Legs and Detail

In our second step, we are going to add the antenna, legs, and details such as the eyes to our ant sketch. Looking at our sketch example number five below, on either side of the head, draw narrow rectangles for the first half of the antenna.

Then, on the alitrunk, add the six ant legs with three on each side. Our legs mirror each other and are angled in different directions. Next, add the second half of your antenna and legs. You are welcome to draw the position of the legs as we did.

Ant drawing - add the legs and antenna

Lastly, add two small circles below the antenna for the eyes, and make a few lines on the legs, alitrunk, and Gaster.

Add your final ant details like the eyes

Step 3 - Make your Ant Sketch Permanent

With your rough sketches done, switch to a permanent medium. You can use any dark or defining medium to make your ant outlines. As you begin tracing your bug sketch lines, pay close attention to any overlapping lines as some of these you don’t want to outline.

Make your ant sketch permanent

Next, trace your antenna and leg sketch lines. You can also go ahead and fill the eyes in. Then, carefully line the rest of your ant illustration around the legs and antenna.

Outline your ant body sketches

Step 4 - Apply Color to your Ant

In our fourth and final step, gather the colors you want to use on your ant drawing. Use any color you want for your drawing, including bright pink and blues or neutral colors. For our bug drawing, we used three shades of brown to apply color to different parts.

Apply color to your ant

We wanted to add extra depth and texture on our ant. We used these chalk brushes and added light shading with highlights to our drawing. You can create your own style of coloring for your illustration, or gain inspiration from our other drawing tutorials.

Create depth and texture on your ant drawing

You have completed our drawing exercise! Great work on sketching, lining, and coloring your ant. Change things up a bit and draw a couple more, with different body shapes and colors to create a colony. Be sure to browse through our ant clipart collection to add to your digital library.

Thank you for following along with our drawing guide. We hope you had a great time going through the steps and learning how to draw an ant from scratch.


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