How To Draw An Otter: Step 9

How to Draw an Otter

Let’s learn how to draw an otter by following along with this engaging drawing guide!

Everyone will like this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw an otter. This easy otter lesson is perfect for younger children looking to learn how to draw.

All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Do plan for this artwork to take about 30 minutes, but the drawing process can actually take longer if a background is included as well.

Finally learn to draw your very own aquatic mammals by following this tutorial at your own comfortable pace.


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw an Otter Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw An Otter: All Steps

We will arrive at a finished drawing of an otter by creating one part at a time. This project will take 9 steps to complete as we continue to create each area which will get us closer to the finished artwork. The finished artwork will be beautified with color resulting in a drawing you will love!

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Draw The Face

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 1

    Start by drawing two shaded circles for the eyes. Next, draw an oval for the nose. Now, draw a line starting from the bottom of the nose and curving around the nose as shown to form the muzzle. Then, create a small line curving upward to draw the mouth.

  2. Add Whiskers

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 2

    Add the otter’s whiskers by drawing two lines on both sides of the muzzle.

  3. Form The Head

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 3

    Start forming the otter’s head by making a curved line.

  4. Attach The Ears

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 4

    Attach the otter’s ears by drawing two curved lines on both sides of the head.

  5. Add The Arms

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 5

    Add the otter’s arms by extending a long curved line on both sides of the head. Don’t forget to draw lines to form the toes on the paws.

  6. Make The Bottom Half

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 6

    Let’s draw the bottom half of the otter’s body. First, form an elongated W-shaped with rounded edges. Now, attach the bottom paws and add three lines on each paw .

  7. Draw The Fur

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 7

    Draw a vertically elongated oval shape to form the outline of the otter’s fur.

  8. Add The Tail

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 8

    Draw the tail by forming a wavy pointed shape attached to the bottom of the otter’s body.

  9. Complete The Otter Drawing

    How To Draw An Otter: Step 9

    Complete the otter drawing by first coloring the muzzle, chin, and fur on the underside of the otter’s body with a light orange crayon. Next, color the inner part of the ear and the nose with a very dark brown crayon. Finally, use a brown crayon to shade the rest of the otter’s fur.

How to Draw an Otter PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw an Otter. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

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