How to Draw a Cartoon Fox

Cartoon fox drawing

In this lesson, create a funny-looking cartoon fox just like the one you see to your right.

I say 'funny' because there's something peculiar-looking about it. And sure, this happens from time to time with a drawing as you experiment in coming up with your own unique creations.

Actually, if you were to compare this fox to a photo of a real one, you'd see similarities most definitely. But as for differences, there are specific things that stand out - giving this 'cartoonified' version a very interesting look indeed.

The message? Well, when drawing something - anything for that matter, it can be fun to stretch, twist, squish, etc. your drawing to come up with a new 'funny-looking' character. It'll be fun to go back and try this on some of the other lessons here on the site!

So then, on to drawing this cartoon fox...

Framework for drawing a cartoon fox

First Step - Triangles for a Fox Framework

Take a look at a fox photo... notice the 'triangular look' with respect to its head? Actually, the body of a fox while sitting upright can also be viewed as a triangle.

With this in mind, go ahead and sketch out a simple framework - just like the one on the left. And as I mentioned earlier -- have fun as you alter its look by stretching, twisting, etc. until you get the desired 'funny' look.

The grey lines - yours lightly penciled of course, make for some nice placement points as to where the key features that make up your cartoon fox go.

And with respect to the cross drawn overtop the head triangle, giving it a curve as I did, suggests that the fox's snout (and head) is turned to its left. Leaving the cross without a curve then, would of course suggest that the fox is looking at you straight on.

OK then, go your framework drawn? Great! Let's continue...

Second Step - A Face for Your Cartoon Fox

Next up... sketching in the face of your cartoon fox. Again, take the curvature of the cross into account -- it's there to help you in the position of both the snout (turned to the left) and the eyes.

In three simple steps, here's how the face and head of the fox takes shape...

Drawing the head of a cartoon fox Drawing the hair on the head of a cartoon fox Drawing the ears of a cartoon fox

If you like (and I most definitely encourage it!), experiment with some different looks at this stage. Longer/sharper snout? Smaller eyes? Teeth!

See what you can come up with and when you're ready - onward to the third step!...

Third Step - Body, Paws and Tail of Your Cartoon Fox

To bring the body into view, simply move on down the triangle, shaping with your lines as you go. Still, it's a good idea to sketch in the front paws and legs before you tackle the rest. Why? Well, the front legs can be seen to appear closer to the eye. Therefore, once the paws/front legs are in place - drawing the other features in behind is much easier.

Go ahead and draw the rest...

Drawing the feet of a cartoon fox Drawing the body of a cartoon fox Drawing the tail of a cartoon fox

I can't help but reflect... it's neat how the simplest of lines give way to such a diverse variety of different looks for whatever it is your drawing! The spikes I've drawn up top are shaped in the same way would look if you were drawing an evergreen tree. Experiment every now and then - crossing over between lessons and trying new and different techniques.

Almost done now! Just a few details and you can wrap things up...

Drawing of a cartoon fox

Final Step - Complete Your Cartoon Fox

In the end, all that's left is to add some details. Notice I've kept things nice and simple here - eyes, nose, mouth... some curved lines to bring out the paws.

Any ideas as to what sort of extra details you could add? Color? Yes, of course... coloring's a great idea. And to do so - have a look up top for an idea of how to go about 'brightening up' your drawing.

Fox's have fairly distinct markings with respect to what color's what. However you choose to go about it, ensure that there's a white tip on the tail, as well as a white strip up through the belly and chest, and on the snout/lower part of the face.

And now you're all done. Great job on the cartoon fox! :-)