In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Arctic Hare in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.
At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Arctic Hare.
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How to Draw an Arctic Hare - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Draw the head as shown above, making sure to make the ears nice and long.
Step 2: Use a circle for the eye, a curved line for the nose, and use very long and thin ovals for the inside of each ear.
Step 3: To draw the body, you will want to make an oval shape coming from the head. Leave a large gap at the bottom to make the legs.
Step 4: Draw the front leg from the body with two lines that curve right as they go down. Use an indent to divide the toes when the lines meet.
Step 5: Draw the hind leg by making a curved line on the body, then draw the long foot below the body. Add a few short lines for toes.
Step 6: Draw the other front leg much like the first, except straight and adding one more line to show more toes.
Step 7: The other hind leg will be mostly hidden by the legs you’ve already drawn, but add lines so it looks like the foot of the first hind leg is behind there, adding a line for toes.
Step 8: Make a semi-circle on the left of the body to create the tail. Your Arctic Hare is now done!
Interesting Facts about Arctic Hares
Arctic hares live in northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. These areas are in the arctic region. Arctic hares have adapted to living in very cold conditions. They have thick white fur to keep them warm. Their short ears help them stay warm as well because their blood does not have to travel far from the central part of their bodies. Additionally, they warm themselves up by sitting on their legs and flattening their ears against their heads.
Did you know?
- Arctic hares are the largest of all hare species.
- Arctic hares can run as fast as 40 miles per hour.
- On average, adult arctic hares weigh 12 pounds and are about two feet long.
- Arctic hares have sharp nails that they use to dig through snow and ice to find food.
- Arctic hares mainly eat plants. However, food is hard to find in the winter months, so they sometimes eat the decaying flesh of animals (called carrion) that were left behind by other predators.
Although most arctic hares have white fur year-round, those that live in arctic regions that have diverse seasons change color. Those arctic hares become brown and gray during the summer, and they also shed their fur to adapt to the warmer climate.