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How to Draw a Cute Otter

I love drawing cute kawaii animals.

These types of drawings are super cute to add to any notebook or planner and they also make great drawing projects for kids.

And I’ve been obsessed with drawing kawaii animals lately.

I’ve already done multiple kawaii tutorials here. So, check it out if you haven’t already.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to draw a kawaii otter step by step so that by the end of the tutorial, you’ll get something like this:

11 - add all the details

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I am currently using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create my digital art.

But you can use any tool – a pen and paper or color pencils or Copic markers or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

How to draw a kawaii otter – Step by step for beginners

I always start with very easy shapes so that anybody of any age can draw this.

So, let’s start by drawing a simple curve like this first – this will be the otter’s head.

1 - draw a curve

Next, we are going to draw the ears – draw 2 small C shapes at the sides of the curve like this:

2 - draw the otter's ears

Next, we’ll draw the cute otter’s cheeks – so I’m going to draw 2 bell-shaped curves underneath the ears like this:

3 - draw the otter's face

It’s okay if it’s not perfect – no otter has a perfectly symmetrical face.

Next, we’ll draw the eyes and nose of the otter. I’m going to draw 2 oval shapes for the eyes and a small nose between the eyes like this:

4 - draw the nose and mouth

Next, we’ll draw the muzzle of the otter.

So, I’m going to draw a small cute w shape underneath the nose.

5 - draw the muzzle

Next, we are going to draw the body. Just draw a nice, round body underneath the otter’s head like this.

6 - draw the body of the otter

Easy, isn’t it?

Next, draw a long tail underneath the body – otters have nice, long tails to help them swim.

7 - draw the otter's tail

And then we’ll draw it’s arms and legs – just draw the shapes I’ve drawn below and you’ll have a nice, cute otter drawing.

8 - draw the arms and legs

Next, we’ll color the otter a chocolate brown. You can color your otter any color you want.

9 - color the otter

Now, using a cream color, I’ll draw this pattern on the otter.

10 - add the color

And, I’ll fill in the shape with a cream color. Finally, I’ll color the ears and feet pink and add 2 blush spots on its cheeks to make the otter look super cute!

11 - add all the details

We’re done!

We’ve just finished drawing our cute otter.

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You’ve learned how to draw a cute otter from scratch!

You can go ahead and add this drawing to your planner or notebook to make it come to life!

Drawing Resources

I hope this tutorial was helpful to you and you enjoyed drawing this cute otter.

If you want to see more tutorials on drawing kawaii animals and kawaii things, please leave a comment below on what you’d like to see next!

I will be adding more kawaii drawing tutorials (animals, food, and lots of things) to this blog, so keep a lookout!

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What do you need?

A sketchbook, Photoshop or Procreate, and a graphic tablet so that you can draw the kawaii characters. If you want to make stickers, you’ll need a printer and sticker sheets. I explain how to make stickers on Procreate here.

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If you are just getting started with ProCreate, I highly recommend this course: Procreate for Beginners: Digital Illustration 101

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