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How to Draw a Turtle (2 Drawing Tutorials)

Turtles can be found in many different climates and are classified as either aquatic, semi-aquatic, or semi-terrestrial. But no matter where they live, all turtles need water for either swimming or soaking. Some also need to “bask” on dry land. The amount of each need depends on the specific species. Turtles are some of the oldest animals around. They are one of the oldest groups of reptiles. A turtle’s shell is not an exoskeleton. Exoskeleton means a rigid external covering for the body in some invertebrate animals, especially arthropods, providing both support and protection.

A. How to Draw a Turtle in 12 Easy Steps (Version 1)

Let’s start drawing the turtle on the right side first!

Step 1: Draw the Head and Body

Be excited as we draw your favorite pet animal, Turtle. To begin with, the head of a turtle, draw a small circle shape at the upper right part of the article. Then draw a big oval shape overlapping to the small circle. Make sure to overlap the oval shape to connect the body and the head of the turtle.

Step 2: Draw a Curve Line Inside the Body

After drawing the body and the head. Draw an up-curve line in the lower portion of the body. You should draw an up-curve line connected from the left side to the right side. This will be the preparation for the shell of the turtle.

Step 3: Erase Extra Lines.

Now that you have already formed the shell of a turtle with the help of the up-curve line inside the oval shape or the body. To visualize the shell clearer, remove an extra line from the lower part of that up-curve line in the middle.

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Step 4: Start the Nose

This time let’s draw one of the important parts of a living creature, the nose. Without the nose, the turtle will not live longer. From the left side of the circle draw a small spikey thing for the nose.

Step 5: Start the Eyes

To see beautiful creations, we must give importance to our eyes. Let’s help the turtle see the beautiful creation by drawing the eyes. Make a smaller circle near the center of the head. Fun fact, did you know that the turtle’s eyesight is clear underwater but is shortsighted at night? Now you know!

Step 6: Complete the Face

To complete the face, add a shaded crescent moon shape that serves as the pupil of the eye. After that, create a mouth using the curve line. Draw a curved line from the right side of the circle, going to the middle part of the head.

Step 7: Start Drawing the Legs

To help them go to their destination,  let’s draw the leg of the turtle. Draw two vertical lines and to connect those lines draw a horizontal line below. Same with the other side.

Step 8: Add Details

To add some details, put an up-curve line below the shell to make it thicker. On the upper inside part of the shell, make a curve line going up. For the legs, add an up-curve line to it.

Step 9: Draw the Tail and Add More Details

The next step, draw a small spikey thing for the tail of the turtle. To be clearer add more curve lines below the shell you draw earlier. Then draw a curve line from the head going down to the leg of a turtle. In the shell make irregular and uneven circular shape of the shell.

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Step 10: Complete the Legs

To complete the legs, remove the line from the upper curve line to the leg of your turtle. Make another two legs to the other side. By making a curve line from the body going down same with another leg. Add some bigger irregular and uneven circular shapes of the shell.

Step 11: Complete the Details

Double lines of those irregular and uneven circular shapes of the shell. Then add some curve lines at the tip of the legs of the turtle.

Step 12: Finish Up

For the final touch, To make our drawing fun and colorful, prepare your coloring materials. Let us color your turtle accordingly. Color the shell brown and green for the body. Make sure to color the turtle properly. Make it as beautiful and handsome as you. Great Job!

A. How to Draw a Turtle in 9 Easy Steps (Version 1)

Now let’s draw a cuter version of a turtle. Don’t worry this version is also easy to draw. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be done in no time!

Step 1: Draw the Body

Let’s start your turtle by drawing the body. In this step, simply draw a horizontal oval shape in the middle of your paper. This will serve as a guide for the body of the turtle. You can use an object or a drawing material to make your oval shape perfect. 

Step 2: Add a Line on the Body

As we can see an oval shape is not look like a body shape of a turtle. Adding lines to our oval shape will help us make the exact shape of a turtle. Let’s get started by drawing a curve line from the right going to the left side of the oval shape. Be sure to draw the curve line properly to have the perfect body for your turtle.

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Step 3: Start the Head

This time let’s make one of the most important parts of our turtle, the head. To do this, draw a perfect small circle on the upper, right part of the body. Make sure that the body and the head are connected.

Step 4: Draw the Neck

We will draw the neck of your turtle, this will connect the body to the head. We will just simply draw a curved line from the lower portion of the head going down to the edge of the body of your turtle. Again, all parts must be connected.

Step 5: Add the Mouth, Eyes, and the Tail

To draw the eyes, draw a small circle inside the head. The right eyes should overlap with the head of the turtle. Then add a shaded crescent shape in the two small circles to make the eyes look alive. For the mouth, just draw a curve line facing upward or a smiley face. Erase some extra lines that separate the head from the neck. Add a spiky thing in the lower-left part of the body that will serve as the tail. 

Step 6: Add the Legs

Let’s begin drawing the legs of the turtle. Draw a small half oval shape under the body of your turtle. Make sure that these two-half oval shapes must be connected to the lower portion of your turtle. In between the legs of your turtle draw a curve line. From the left leg go to the right leg. 

Step 7: Add Details in the Shell

Let’s make your turtle more attractive by adding more curve lines in the shell. Add three curve lines in the shell. Make sure that the distance will be one inch apart. Draw a triangular shape on the top of the head. That will serve as the hot of your cute turtle.

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Step 8: Add More Details

Now that we are done putting curve lines to the shell,  let’s add more details to it. In between the curve lines that you make earlier from the shell, draw seven small circles. The distance must be half-inch apart.  Then, put a flower on the right side of the hot. 

Step 9: Finish up!

Now it’s time to finish your drawing. You can now unleash your creativity and color it to your own preference. Since your turtle is a girl, then you can add light colors. You have all the freedom to apply any color that you like.


After completing your drawing, don’t forget to show it to your family and friends. Good Job!