How to Draw a Chinese Water Deer

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Chinese Water Deer in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Chinese Water Deer.

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How to Draw a Chinese Water Deer - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First draw the head. Think of a crooked "J" shape with the short side on the bottom. The long top side is the top of the head. At the end of this line draw the first triangle shaped ear. Just to the left of that ear draw the second ear. From the bottom of the snout draw a short curvy point downward. This is the tusk.

Step 2: At the tip of the snout is a round nose. Just below that is a short curved line for the mouth. In the middle of the snout is the round eye. Draw a small oval inside the second ear.

Step 3: From the bottom of the left ear draw the back body line down and then angle it up and to the left. Bend the line sharply down at the rump. Under the jaw draw a straight line down and to the left. This is the neck line.

Step 4: At the bottom of the neck line draw a line straight down to make the front leg. There is a small rounded hoof at the bottom. The leg line comes back up and the top of the leg is wider than the bottom.

Step 5: Just to the left of the leg line draw another very thin front leg.

Step 6: Continue the rump line straight down to make the hind leg. The hoof will be the same size as those on the front legs. Bring the leg line back up and then bend it to the right. Join this line to the front leg line to make the belly.

Step 7: Just to the right of the hind leg draw another very thin hind leg. It is a little bit shorter than the first hind leg.

Step 8: Finally, draw a very short stumpy tail at the rump.

Interesting Facts about the CHINESE WATER DEER

The Chinese Water Deer is a member of the reptile group and the scientific term for them is Hydropotes inermis. Another common name for this species is the Vampire Deer, since it has very long upper canine teeth. The pair of dental equipment is retracted to the rear when the creature is eating. These tusks slide forward for offense when it encounters a rival male during mating season, or for defense when it encounters a predator. A different method of defense is in a growling bark sound that they make to warn other deer.

Did you know?

  • This animal was first documented in 1870.
  • They have fangs that are up to over 1/4 of a foot long.
  • The species is up to about 2 feet tall.
  • These creatures have a body that is up to over 3 feet long.
  • They have a tail that is up to almost 1/3 of a foot long.
  • Their weight can be up to over 30 pounds.
  • The age can be up to about 12 years old.
  • These can have up to about 7 babies.

They are great swimmers and eat mainly the grass on the bottom of rivers. This animal has no antlers because it is a relative of the Musk Deer. Although these animals have more babies than any other species of deer, they have a low population amount and are considered to be vulnerable for extinction.