Reindeer live in arctic areas of the world, such as Alaska and Greenland. Real reindeer often do not look too similar to reindeer depicted in Christmas cartoons. Real reindeer look like larger, furrier versions of deer in warmer climates. You can make your reindeer as simple or complicated as you like, depending on the time and your level of drawing skill.
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Things you need
- Picture or photo of a reindeer
Draw a circle for the outline of the reindeer's head. Add two lines from the bottom of the head for a neck. Divide the head into a rounded cross pattern to help with placement of the facial features.
Draw the reindeer's snout coming off from one side of the head near the middle of the cross. Place the top part of the snout above the horizontal line and the bottom part below the line.
Shape the bottom of the snout and neck so that the head and neck look like one solid shape.
Draw the eyes just above the top of the snout. If the reindeer is looking off to the side, you may only see one eye. Use a photo of a reindeer to help determine eye placement.
Add the ears and horns to the top of the head. Draw the outline of a rounded triangle at the end of the snout for a nose.
Draw in fur texture, shading and highlighting to complete the picture. You can make the reindeer as realistic or as cartoon-like as you desire. If you make a cartoon, make the eyes and nose larger than they are in real life. You can even colour the nose red to make Rudolph. If you make a realistic drawing, keep the eyes and nose small and add fur texture with your pencil by drawing hash marks over the design using a photo as a guide for placement.
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