How To Draw A Turtle

Today, let’s learn how to draw a turtle in our cute and kawaii art style. A turtle is just an oval shape with some circles and lines, so it doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Turtles are incredible creatures that, in addition to their natural cuteness, have the ability to live up to 100 years! Turtles can be found in all five oceans and even in some freshwater locations. They’re very unique animals because they develop shells on their backs when they get older.

Turtles can be drawn in many different ways, and it’s fun to experiment with different styles so feel free to get creative and try changing little details or giving it a different kawaii face.

So grab a pen and paper and let’s get started!

Did You Know?
Turtles live a LONG time. The oldest recorded age is 189, however some say there are turtles that have lived past 200 years old!
Turtles are GREAT swimmers
Tortoises are turtles, but turtles are not tortoises!


Art Supplies

Here’s a list of coloring supplies we recommend to use, however, feel free to use whatever you can find around the house!

If you are already a fan of a particular marker/coloring brand you may want to check out a few of our other guides such for popular brands such as Ohuhu markers, Artzea and Prismacolor markers.

Otherwise, just pick whatever coloring tools you have around the house (crayons, markers, pencil crayons etc.) and just have some fun!

A Few Tips Before You Start Drawing

  • Try using a round object like a tea cup to help draw the first circle.

Let’s Draw A Kawaii Turtle – Step By Step

Step 1: Let’s start drawing our kawaii turtle by making a circle, leaving a small space open.
Step 2: From the top part, draw a hump for the turtle’s back.
Step 3: Connect the tip of the hump and the turtle’s head by a wide curve, as seen above.
Step 4: Just under the curve we previously did, draw another layer of the same stroke with the rear part curled in.
Step 5: Next is to make the front leg. From the shell’s edge near the face, make a wide C-curve followed by random strokes to make the toes then finish it upwards towards the shell. Follow the image above for reference.
Step 6: Draw the hind leg next. Refer to the illustration above as guide.
Step 7: Next is to draw the other front leg. On the side of the face, follow the arrows to complete it.
Step 8: Draw a line in between the legs, underneath the shell.
Step 9: Draw the cute tail by making a short, pointy shape.
Step 10: Time to make the face. Start with two round circles for the eyes with a smaller circle in each. Shade the eyes black except the smaller one.
Step 11: Add a little smiley curve between the eyes and for that kawaii look, draw a round blush on each cheek!
Step 12: On the middle part of the shell, draw a nice star.
Step 13: Add details on the turtle’s back by drawing those squarish shell patterns.
Step 14: Draw oval shapes of random sizes on the head for some texture.
Step 15: Do the same oval patches on each leg.
Step 16: Coloring time! We have a green kawaii turtle with a brown shell. The star patch is yellow and it made it extra cute! Choose your color and have fun!

Want More?

We are constantly adding more tutorials on how to draw kawaii characters and objects. Great for beginners and more advanced artists. We also have printable step by step instruction guides that will help, even brand new artists, re-create and improve on our drawings!

How about coloring instead? We have printable cute coloring pages so you can practice color techniques or just to have fun. Head on over to our coloring page section of our website to search and download them all!

Just want to download a coloring page of this specific character? Click the print button below to print off this lesson’s coloring & tracing pages.

Printable Kawaii Turtle Coloring Page

Here’s where you can download the kawaii turtle coloring page & step by step instructions. You can use the coloring page to practice coloring the character and the step by step instructions are great if you are not near a computer or phone and want to try this lesson out!

Click the print icon to open print options for these pages. You can also click the image and save it directly to your device.

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Download Printable Instructions: How To Draw A Kawaii Turtle

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Are you interested in coloring more?

Coloring characters such as this turtle can be A LOT of fun. Especially when they look so cute : )

If you had fun coloring this character, you may want to check out our kawaii coloring book which is available at Amazon. We also have some information on our site for more complex coloring for older kids and adults. You can check out our favorite adult coloring books and some of our top choices for color by number books for adults (which tend to be easier to start with).

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