How to Draw a Saguaro Cactus

Of all the cactus types which dominate the desert, the Saguaro is perhaps the most impressive – one plant can grow up to fifty arms, and this makes the Saguaro cactus a truly formidable foe! Let’s get to know this super succulent as we learn the steps to bring one to life.


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 1

Start by grabbing a black pen, drawing a thick, wavy black line, right at the bottom of your page. This should end around one inch from either end.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 2

Draw a vertical line emerging from this, just to the right of center, and stretching almost to the top of the page. To the left of this, around halfway up, draw a “kidney” shape.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 3

Return to the top of the vertical line, and curve the top round and back down, stopping at the edges of the “kidney” shape, and continuing from the bottom of this, all the way down to your original line – this is the stem, and one arm of your cactus.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 4

Now, bring another arm out to the right, up to the top of the page, and curving around and back down to create another, later arm on the right-hand side.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 5

Next, bring another arm out to the left-hand side, just beside the shorter one.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 6

Now, take a thinner black pen, and add a series of thin, vertical lines running all over the surface of the cactus, including the arms.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 7

Grab a green pen, and use this to shade the right-hand side of the main stem, as well as the right-hand side of each arm.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 8

Grab a light green shade, and add a strip of this color to the left of the darker green on each section of the cactus…


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 9

And then add a yellow to the remaining sections to complete the look.


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How to draw a saguaro cactus step 10

Finally, use a brown or orange pencil to fill in the sand underneath the cactus – it lives in the desert after all!


And there we have it – while this version may not have fifty arms, it is a pretty good start. Why not take the time to research the Saguaro cactus, and maybe even start your own collection?

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