Here is a step by step tutorial for learning how to draw an ant.
Ants are very social insects that live in large colonies. The different ants in the colonies have different jobs.
For instance, usually, younger ants will stay inside the colony to protect the nest queen ant and take care of the eggs.
Drawing Materials for Learning How to Draw an Ant:
- Sheet of paper
- Pencil sharpener
A white eraser is ideal for erasing marks because it won’t leave a red mark or streaks like pink erasers tend to, but both will work!
Also, I like to have several sheets of paper in case I want to start over.
How to Draw an Ant: Step by Step
There are 8 easy steps to drawing an ant. You’ll start with the head and work your way through the various parts of the ant.
Then end with filling in the details and coloring it if you want.
Step 1. Draw The Ant’s Head
The first step is to draw the head. The head isn’t exactly a large circle, it’s more of an oval shape.
You’ll notice that it’s rounder on the left side, and flatter on the bottom right side.
So the oval shape is on a slight angle, diagonally.
Step 2. Draw The First Part of the Thorax
The middle section of the ant includes the thorax and the abdomen, but you’ll start with the first section of the ant’s thorax.
Make another small oval shape just like the larger one in the previous step.
This will be at the same angle, but quite a bit smaller.
It will be attached to the flattened side of the head.
You can erase the line where the bottom circles overlap.
Step 3. Make the Second Section of the Thorax
This step is just like the previous one, draw another small oval just slightly smaller than the one you just drew.
Again connect it at the flat part.
Did you know that ants are among the world’s strongest creatures?
It’s true, an ant can lift up to 20 times its own body weight.
Step 4. How to Draw an Ant Abdomen
Now draw the abdomen of the ant. Its shape is much like an egg, but with a pointy tip at the back end.
It connects to the thorax on the rounder side.
Step 5. Create the Front Legs
For this next step, you’ll make the front legs of the ant. Start with the front leg.
The top part of the leg is a long oval and attaches to the middle of the top thorax.
The bottom part is a similar oval, but with another oval connected and pointing out to the right.
You can erase the lines where the ovals overlap.
Repeat for the opposite leg and erase where the top of the leg connects to the thorax.
There are approximately 12,000 species of ants!
Step 6. Draw the Ant’s Hind Legs
The hind legs are just more long ovals attached to each other.
Start at the middle thorax and make a small narrow oval at an upward diagonal angle stopping at just past half of the thorax.
Then connect another vertical long oval to that, stopping halfway down the abdomen.
Finally, add one more long oval attached to the bottom, with a small oval that narrows at the back (pointing toward the back of the body).
Repeat on the other side, but only from the visible areas.
Step 7. How to Draw an Ant Mandible, Eyes and Antennae
First, fill in the details at the abdomen. Make a curved line for each section of the abdomen, spaced equally apart.
The ant mandibles are jaws. These are ovals with L-shaped curves facing inward.
To draw the ant antennae, start them at the far outsides of the head in an L-shape that cures around and meets back at the side of the head.
Finally, to make the Ant’s eyes, make two ovals.
Ants don’t have ears, but they can feel vibrations through the ground.
Step 8. Detail the Eyes and Color the Ant
The last step is to add details to the ant’s eyes and to color your ant drawing if you’d like!
Make a large circle shape inside the oval of the ant’s eye to show the iris.
And then inside of that make a small circle to make the pupil.
Coloring in the iris will make the eye really stand out!
Ants are as old as dinosaurs!
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- Please see the full materials list above the tutorial for details.
- Follow the Dotted Circles to Draw the Ant’s Head
- Create the First Part of the Thorax Below the Head
- Make the Second Section of the Thorax
- Draw the Abdomen of the Ant Below the Second Thorax
- Create the Front Legs At The First Thorax Section
- Draw the Ant’s Hind Legs
- Draw the Mandible/ Jaws, the Eyes and Antennae
- Detail the Eyes and Color the Ant