When Bambi hit our screens, the humble white-tailed deer made its way firmly into the hearts of thousands of movie fans – and its popularity has never waned. Celebrate these cute creatures by bringing them to life through art and learning how to create your very own adorable baby deer.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Use a pencil to draw a large circle to the left of the center of the page – make sure that there is a slight “bulge” in the bottom right-hand corner. Then add an inverted “M” shape inside the bulge.
Now, add a small semicircle above the “M”, and make a small mark above this. Then enclose all of these with a slightly bumpy line above.
Add another circular shape above this, to the right-hand side of the main shape.
Add another circle inside this small one, then a smaller, more rounded shape in the middle. Add two short lines emerging from this central one, between the second and third layer.
Repeat this shape on the other side, to create two eyes for your baby deer.
Now, add a “teardrop” shape to the top of the head, and fill this with another smaller shape inside, to create an ear.
Now, add an antler to your baby deer – draw a line up to “fork”, and then add another prong to the left-hand side.
Repeat this on the other side, so that you have two ears and two antlers.
Return to the line at the top of the mouth, and bring a curved line down, back up, and curving down towards the bottom of the page, curving in. Then add another line, curving out slightly, back towards the bottom of the page, and off towards the left.
Now, add a short “spike” to the end of the line, and add jagged detail to this to create a tail.
Move to the bottom of the curved line, and bring a line across to the left, ending in a small hoof shape, and then bring the line back in and across to the right, curving upwards at the hip.
Now add another leg and hoof to the front of the first and connect the two together with a slightly curved line.
Now bring a line down from beneath the chin slightly, and then back out at a 45-degree angle, and back in above the front leg. Bring two lines down to create a chest section.
Take a black liner and use this to outline the main body of the deer, the tail, ears, antlers and fill in the hooves.
Now use an eraser to remove any pencil lines, except the eyes…
And use a gray pencil to create small spots along the back -these are key identifiers of white-tailed deer!
Next, grab a brown pen and add color to the main body, the legs, the top of the tail, the eyelids, and the outside of the ears.
Fill in the antlers with a black pen.
Now use a gray pencil to gently shade in the muzzle.
With a pink pen, fill in the center of the ears…
And then add color to the eyes with a blue pen.
Now use an orange pen for the outside of the eye, the muzzle, the bottom of the tail, and the chest and belly.
Voila! Have you seen a cuter sight than a baby deer lying down? Then why not create an entire group of them – there are strength in numbers after all!
Small, shy, and undeniably adorable, the white-tailed deer is amongst the most abundant creature found in the woodlands of America and is without a doubt one of the most popular.
These cute creatures immediately identifiable thanks to their distinctive reddish-brown coat – though few fans know that these fades to a dull grey or brown color during the winter, to help keep the animal camouflaged and protected from predators. Keeping safe and avoiding more powerful predators is an important part of everyday life for the white-tailed deer, and they have been designed to keep them as safe as possible. Every detail, from incredible eyesight and keen hearing, do an ability to swim to escape predators, if necessary, is designed to help them survive as long as possible, and this could be part of the reason for their abundance in the wild.
Originally native to North America, white-tailed deer have continued to grow and extend their range all throughout Central America, right down to Bolivia. They are found all across southern Canada, as well as the mainland USA, and typically inhabit open woodland – this is, after all, one of the easiest ways to spot predators.
In recent years however, sightings have also been made close to agricultural lands, on the outskirts of inhabited urban areas, possibly as the animals are in such food. In most, however, white-tailed deer prefer to hide in habitats which are made up of dense thickets, and impenetrable shrubs – these make the perfect hiding places.