Learn how to draw a great looking Skunk with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
“Oh, it’s okay. He can call me a flower if he wants. I don’t mind.”
– Flower arrangement for skunks, Bambi (1942)
Skunks are mammals native to North and South America, unlike hedgehogs, which are not native to the Americas. They are easy to recognize due to their deep black and white color. However, they are best known for their ability to spray pungent-smelling liquids from glands located beneath their tails, which they use to repel predators.
Skunk got its name from a Native American word meaning “to pee”. This is a misnomer because the spray is not urine but a combination of chemicals containing sulfur. Despite their bad reputation, skunks are still kept as pets in seventeen states of the United States and Great Britain. Many pet skunks never learn to spray, and even those pose no threat unless frightened.
Several fictional skunks have become famous thanks to animated cartoons. These include Pepe Le Pew from Looney Tunes, Bambi’s Flower and Stella from Over the Hedge. These characters are often marked by their unpleasant smell.
Do you know? Not all skunks have stripes. Instead, several species were discovered. Captive skunks can come in interesting color patterns, including striped brown, smoky gray, or even solid white.
Do you want to draw an adorable skunk? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you need is a pencil, an eraser and a piece of paper.
Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Skunk
1. Start by drawing a circle. This will be the base of the skunk’s head.
2. Use curved lines to detail the contour of the face. This includes the ear and inner details, cheeks, nose, open mouth, cheek, and opposite ear.
3. Erase the paths of the original circle, leaving a clear outline for the skunk’s face.
4. Extend a long, curved line from ear to nose. Then extend a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points from the ear. Allow a series of these lines to meet the previous one at one point, forming a stripe across the skunk’s face. From the back of the stripe, extend another pair of connecting lines that meet at jagged points. Allow these to meet at a point near the front of the stripe.
5. Use curved lines to outline the skunk’s forearm, bending at the elbow. Close the fingers and hands with narrow “U” shaped lines.
6. Extend three curved lines from the hands to the bottom, forming a light lower belly and far hips.
7. Use a long, curved line to draw the back and sides of the skunk. At the bottom, draw a series of overlapping “U” shaped lines to form the foot and toe. Above the foot, use a “C” shaped line to form the leg, bending at the knee. Use overlapping “U” shaped lines to draw the other foot.
8. Draw the tail, using a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points. Extend another pair of jagged lines down the middle of the tail, forming a stripe.
9. Detail the skunk’s face. Draw the eyes, using four consecutive smaller circles and ovals for each eye. The shade between the two is the smallest to indicate the pupil. Line the eyes with curved lines above and below each eye. Use a wide line to form the eyebrows and distinguish the tongue inside the mouth by a short line.
10. Color your skunk. In the wild, skunks are black with white stripes.