How to Draw a Cartoon Spider

Cartoon spider drawing

Proceeding with EXTREME CAUTION (some people don't like spiders!) let's draw a cartoon spider - two actually, one with a friendly 'happy-go-lucky' personality - the other - well... a bit on the SCARY side!

What's cool about this lesson is that you really get to put your imagination to the test. With two exactly-the-same structures, you get to alter/deviate/create in anyway you choose to come up with one or two unique spiders of your very own.

Ready to get started then? Perfect! Onward!...


First Step - Draw Frameworks for Your Spiders

Centered and symmetrical (remember - it doesn't have to be perfect)... go ahead and draw a similar framework design to what you see below. A spider's body is really quite simple actually. Two circles (head + abdomen) - and then some lines for the eight legs.

For sure - there is a bit more to drawing a spider - especially a more realistic one. Another body circle might come into play in the middle. But of course - we're into the 'cartoony' stuff here - keeping things nice and simple.

Draw your cartoon spider frameworks like this...

Framework for drawing a cartoon spider
Drawing the shapes of a cartoon spider
Drawing the front legs of a cartoon spider
Drawing the side legs of a cartoon spider
Completing the frameworks for drawing cartoon spiders

How they looking then. Alright? Again, don't worry about how perfect things look. Light quick sketches with the pencil gets the job done nicely - something to give you a better sense of proportion - and the BIG PICTURE - before you begin drawing.

And speaking of which - let's get started...

Second Step - Draw Your Spider...X2!

Beginning with the face of your spider, go ahead and sketch in the eyes/fangs/mouth/etc. according to the unique look you're going for. Of course, if you're stuck for ideas at this point - just work on through to draw yours like mine. Next time around, I'm sure you'll have some other takes as to how yours might look.

Here's how to draw a cartoon spider...

Drawing the faces of the cartoon spiders
Continuing with the faces of the cartoon spiders
Drawing details on the heads of the cartoon spiders
Drawing the front arms of the cartoon spiders
Drawing the hands of the cartoon spiders
Drawing more legs on the cartoon spiders
Drawing more details on the cartoon spiders
Drawing the bodies of the cartoon spiders
Continuing with the bodies of the cartoon spiders
Drawing more details on the cartoon spiders
Black and white drawing of two cartoon spiders
Drawing of two cartoon spiders

Ahhhhhhhhhh!! You can't say I didn't warn you! :-) For sure - the spider on the right is a bit much to take in - if of course you're scared of spiders. Hopefully you caught the warning at the top of the page.

Anyway, as you can see - drawing something like a cartoon spider - whether it's to look nice and friendly or dark and scary... really is a snap! Just put some thought into it, and well - let go!

OK - that's it. Nice job!