When it comes to Arctic creatures, the Arctic fox regularly tops lists as being amongst the most popular for many wildlife lovers – and it is easy to see why! Beautiful, hardy and strangely solitary, the Arctic fox is a stunning creature – and in the next few steps, we will learn how to draw our very own!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a gray pencil and draw a curved line in the center of your page, ending it with a jagged, “spiky” line.
Now, add a curved line to the end of this, sweeping the line up, across and down. Add shading to the “jagged” section.
Repeat this on the other side, creating two small ears.
Add two small shapes inside these outlines – create a curved bottom and bring two curved lines up to meet in an arch at the top.
Add shading to the outside of the left ear, and add “tufts” inside each ear, with slightly pointy elements.
Bring curved lines down on either side from the edge of the ears, joining the two at the bottom with a slight “bump”.
Now, add a shape to the center of the face – this should have a soft point at the bottom, two lines curving out, in and back out, and joining at the top with a bumpy line.
Now, add two almond shapes on either side of the central shape to create the eyes.
Outline these eyes with thicker lines and slight shading.
Add a little fur under the ear on the left hand side.
Use a black pen to add a circle to the bottom of the face and add a curved line below this. Connect the two with a short vertical line to create the nose and mouth.
Use the black pen to draw a circle in the center of the eye and add a small dot in the center of this. Fill in the space between the circles outline, and the edge of the shape with the black pen.
Then use a blue pen to fill in the center of the eye, leaving a slight gap around the central dot.
Take a gray pencil and add light shading to the eyes.
Use the black pen to make a series of slightly curved marks in groups of three, with two groups on either side of the face to create whiskers.
Use a gray pencil to gently add shading to the main face of your fox.
Take a tissue, and carefully blur the gray to create a smooth, even texture.
Use the gray pencil to add darker shading to the bottom of the face…
And then use the gray pencil to add slight tufts of fur next to the ears, just beneath the curve.
Now, add two shapes to the bottom of the face – these should be long and oblong.
Fill in the shapes to create the front legs of the fox…
And draw a line just above the bottom of the legs. Fill in the empty space with a slightly darker gray.
Now add two “egg” shapes to the bottom of the legs, and fill these in with the same darker gray shade.
Carefully join the paws to the body and fill in the space in between to create a smooth outline.
Slightly increase the length at the bottom of the fox’s body…
And then add a sweeping tail off to the right-hand side, curving the line across and up to a point at the top.
Add two jagged lines to the tail – one at the bottom, and one at the top.
Fill in the space in between these two lines with a light gray shade.
Take the tissue and blur the shading to create a smooth surface.
Use a gray pencil to fill in the top section of the tail and complete your stunning creation.
And just like that, you have created your very own adorable baby Arctic fox! Why not celebrate these gorgeous creatures by learning a little more about them?
Having an opportunity to see a real live arctic fox in the flesh is an incredible experience, and one which most wildlife lovers would never take for granted.
These stunning creatures hail from the harsh, frigid temperatures of the Arctic, and each and every aspect of their design and evolution is adapted to help them withstand these conditions. Thick, luscious fur covers their body, including their feet, allows them to maintain a consistent body temperature, reducing the risk of overheating or freezing, and also helps to provide much-needed insulation.
In addition, a combination of short legs, rounded ears, and a short muzzle helped to reduce the amount of surface area through which heat can be lost, and this is important for helping arctic foxes to stay cool in what can be treacherous conditions and temperatures. They can remain comfortable in temperatures which fall as low as -70 degrees. Once the mercury falls below this, the animals also have a metabolism which kicks in to keep them warm and safe.
While Arctic foxes form part of the “Canidae” family of animals – which also includes foxes, dogs and wolves – they are predominantly solitary creatures, and will usually live alone on the tundra. When they mate, it is for life, and females will have large litters of between 5 and 8 pups in the spring, which both parents help to raise during the summer months – and the pups are undeniably adorable!