We have all heard the story of the rabbit and the tortoise, and taken time to enjoy the message conveyed in this tale; that is, that sometimes it is slow and steady that wins the race. This is a great story, and one that deserves to be celebrated and explored using the power of art – and that is exactly what we are about to do!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin with a black pen, and draw a pointed, slightly angled “n” shape in the bottom left corner of your page. Add another, smaller shape inside this, and join the bottom ends with a point.
Repeat this shape slightly to the right of the one you just drew, and connect the two together with a short line in the center – these will be your rabbit ears.
Add a round face to the bottom of the ears.
Next, add a curved line below the bottom of the face, and then add a bumpy line to the right of this, bringing the right end up slightly – this will be a paw.
Add a curved line to the left of this shape, and then add a tuft of grass pointing towards the left. Bring the line across to the right, and then add another tuft of grass, this time pointing straight up.
Continue the line on the other side of this tuft of grass, this time waving it up towards the top right corner.
Now, return to the paw that you drew earlier, and continue the line up slightly, before taking it down and across, up towards the top right-hand corner of the page. Add another bumpy line to the back for a back paw, and then add a large, curved horseshoe shape to connect this to the right ear.
Add a small circle to the back paw, and then three smaller circles in the toes for the pad of the paw.
Bring two curved, parallel lines across the top of the head, just below the ears.
Then, add a “tail” to this headband with two small shapes on the right.
Draw two curved lines below the headband for eyes, and then a small triangle below these, filling this in to create the nose. Bring a line down from the point of the triangle, and add a small oval shape to the bottom.
Draw a small circle to the top of the back for that distinctive rabbit tail…
And then add another tuft of grass to the end of the bottom curved line.
Use a thicker black pen to draw three “Z” shapes emerging to the left of the rabbit – he is sound asleep!
Next, add a curved line emerging from the back of the rabbit’s foot, across to the right. Take this up with a curved line at the end, and then add another curved line emerging from the top of the rabbit’s back to the left of the tail.
Above this, add a small “cone” shape.
Draw a wide half-circle smile inside this at the bottom, followed by two dots and two curved lines at the top.
Add another two curved, parallel lines for a tiny sweatband, and add the same tail to this on the right.
Bring two short, parallel lines down from the bottom of this face, and connect these at the end with a small curve.
Take a curved line across on either side…
And add a curved arm to the left, leaving the top lines unconnected, and then another to the right, this time adding three sharp “points” to the top to create a hand.
Grab a ruler, and use this and the black pen to draw two parallel lines at the side of the left arm, leaving a small gap in each around three-quarters of the way down. Connect the bottom with a short line, and the top with a small circle.
Bring another set of three sharp, pointed fingers in the gap you left, and bring these around to create a pointed hand, holding the long, thin shape.
Now, draw a wavy flag on the top left of the post…
And divide the end of this into a series of squares. Shade alternate squares with the black pen.
Next, bring another curved line below that at the top of the body, and continue this down below the arms. Add two feet, one on either side and then connect these with a curve in the center. Bring the inner line down on the sides, and then add a small, curved, pointed tail to the bottom to form the outline of your tortoise.
Next, take two wavy, parallel lines down from the bottom of the tortoise, to the curved line at the bottom.
Use a green pen to shade the outside edges of this “hill”, leaving the central section white.
Grab a red pen to fill in the rest of the flag…
And then use a deeper green for the hands, feet, and face of the tortoise.
Grab a red pen, and shade the mouth of the tortoise and the headband of the rabbit.
Use a pink pen for the rabbit’s ears and the pads of his paws.
Now, use a blue pen to shade the band on the turtle.
Grab a light green pen, and shade the grass at the bottom of your drawing…
And then use a lighter teal pen for the center of the hill.
Use a brown pen, and color in the main body of the rabbit.
Now, use the same shade to add a colored outline to the tortoise, and stripes across the middle.
Use a lighter orange pen to fill in the sections between the stripes…
And then use a dark brown for the shell at the back of the tortoise.
Finally, grab a gray pen, and use this to fill in the flagpole.
And voila – you have brought a very important story to life. Always remember: slow and steady can still win the race!