How to Draw a Christmas Deer, Reindeer

Artist: Dawn / November 29, 2011

Step 1.

The first thing to do when drawing a reindeer is make two shapes; one for the body and the other for the head. Make a connecting line like so, and then add a face guide.

Step 2.

Next, begin sketching out the face starting with the snout, mouth, and then draw the forehead, ears and sketch in some of the tuft of hair on top of the deer's head.

Step 3.

Next, begin drawing the large antlers like so, and if you notice they are a bit different than your typical regular deer species. Instead of pointed tips, these antlers resemble that of a moose. Once they are done, draw in the eyes and nose. Sketch i   

Step 4.

Sketch the deer's neck both back and front, and then draw in the arch of the back and body. Lastly make the lining for the chest. Notice how the neck is full of reindeer hair.

Step 5.

Draw the front legs and then draw in the hooves.

Step 6.

Lastly, draw in hind legs as well as the tail and then sketch in the puffy tail.

Step 7.

And finally, draw the hoof lines on each foot and then clean up the drawing in detail.

Step 8.

As you can see the line art should come out looking great. Color in your reindeer and use him standing along side Santa. Great work everyone!

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: November 29, 2011
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Description: So today is the last day for Christmasy tutorials. In the next few lessons, there will be Christmas type tutorials, but also fun hard ones for all those challengers. We'll be learning how to draw a semi-realistic Reindeer, commonly seen on Christmas cards and novelty items. I spent some time simplifying this creature, but retaining the characteristics of a realistic reindeer seen carrying Santa's sleigh with the rest of the deer. I had fun drawing the soft shapes and other features for this charming animal. Be sure to ready yourself with a pencil, paper and eraser to proceed with this lesson. If you're really feeling the notion of a challenge, get yourself coloring tools to complete this Christmas deer to publish on your wall or fridge. I hope you'll have a kick out of this tutorial. Thanks so much for viewing and keep the requests and suggestions coming!