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How to Draw a Bat

Learn how to draw a bat with this easy-to-follow tutorial. I’ll guide you through a simple method created specifically for beginner artists, breaking down the process into manageable steps. Plus, explore additional drawing techniques for more variety and depth.

How to draw a bat
How to draw a bat step by step

How to Draw a Bat: Basic Information

So, in this lesson, I will learn to draw a bat. This will be a fairly simple tutorial because we used a very simplified drawing style. The basic steps look like drawing the simplest geometric shapes. We imagined the bat’s body as two small ovals – it looks like the body of a large beetle or another insect. However, we maintained the proportions between the body and wings and also did not forget about the sharp teeth.

Colors are quite important. Due to the simplistic style, we won’t be using shadows – just a couple of highlights, which we’ll be sure to mention. However, the color scheme is very important and we will work hard on this.

You can use this tutorial or its appendices to create part of a large Halloween painting. It could also be part of a Batman comic or some other fantasy story. Bats in general have often become the heroes of horror stories, although in fact they are quite harmless creatures (apart from the risk of infections) that require care and help. Many bats are endangered species of animals and humanity is now trying to preserve their population.

Bat Drawing Tutorial


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 20 minutes

How to Draw a Bat

  1. Draw the torso of the bat.

    Start by sketching a small, elongated oval shape in the center of your drawing area. This forms the bat’s torso, serving as the foundational shape for the entire body. The size of this oval will determine the overall size of the bat. Ensure the oval is placed centrally, creating a balanced framework.
    Drawing the torso of the bat

  2. Draw the head.

    Next, draw a smaller, circular shape overlapping the upper left portion of the torso oval. This represents the bat’s head, creating a clear separation between the body and head. With the head in place, you can move on to the ears and other facial details, completing the bat’s look.
    Drawing the head of the bat

  3. Add the ears.

    Now, add two elongated, triangular shapes on top of the head circle, one on each side of its midpoint. These triangles represent the bat’s ears, providing a characteristic look. Ensure these ears are spaced evenly and proportionate to the head size.
    Drawing the ears

  4. Illustrate the wings.

    To draw the wings, sketch two curved lines extending outward from the head, one on each side. These lines should arc down and away from the bat’s body, creating a sweeping wing outline. Next, connect these lines to the body with a series of gentle scallops, forming the wings’ lower edge.
    Adding the bat wings

  5. Draw the legs.

    Add two small, straight lines extending downward from the lower right part of the body oval. These lines represent the bat’s legs. At the ends of these lines, add tiny perpendicular lines, creating the bat’s claws. This step makes the bat’s silhouette more recognizable.
    Drawing the legs

  6. Illustrate the eyes.

    Next, draw two small circles on the upper third of the head, evenly spaced apart. These circles represent the bat’s eyes, adding facial details. The eyes’ placement is crucial to maintaining the bat’s overall symmetry, preparing the face for additional features such as the mouth and ear details.
    Illustrating the eyes

  7. Add details to the head.

    Add a small, curved line beneath the eyes to form the bat’s mouth. Ensure the curve is subtle, giving the bat a friendly appearance. On the side edges of the mouth, draw two triangles pointing downwards to form the fangs of the bat. Next, draw smaller triangular outlines within the existing ear triangles.
    Detailing the head

  8. Detail the wings.

    To detail the wings, draw a series of slightly curved lines connecting the outer wing curves to the bat’s body. These lines represent the wing membranes, creating a structured, webbed appearance. Space these lines evenly, starting from various points on the wing outlines.
    Detailing the wings

  9. Color the Bat.

    Finally, color the entire bat to complete its look. Use dark hues like black or brown for the body, reflecting the natural coloring of bats. Color the wings with matching or complementary shades, maintaining consistency throughout. Add lighter colors to the inner parts of the ears and potentially the mouth area.
    How to draw a bat

Additional Content

So, the lesson of drawing a bat is completed. Remember to download the PDF version of this guide. In addition to the instruction, you will find a coloring page, tracing worksheet, and grid drawing worksheet. You can use this pdf even when the internet is off if you download it in advance.

Alternative Ways to Learn How to Draw a Bat

As I said, you can draw a bat in several different ways. We have already shown the most basic method. In fact, there are a huge number of drawing methods, but we have collected some of the simplest and most accessible for beginning artists. Try different drawing methods and choose the one that suits you best.

Method 1: Easy Step-by-Step Bat Drawing

To draw a bat, begin by sketching a small oval near the center of the page for its head. Below this, draw a larger oval or teardrop shape for the body, ensuring they overlap slightly. Next, add two triangular shapes on the head’s top to form ears. Then, place two small circles within the head for eyes.

Extend two curved lines outward from each side of the body to outline the wings, connecting them to the torso with straight lines for the membrane. Complete the wing shapes with scalloped lines, add a mouth beneath the eyes, and finish with coloring.

how to draw a bat step by step

Method 2: Drawing a Schematic Bat

There are slight differences here from the previous picture. I decided to remove the highlights from the bat’s eyes and also used a slightly different sequence of steps. You can also see a different wing shape here – the outlines look more rounded. It’s even easier to draw such a bat. If you want to complicate this drawing a little, you can add teeth, legs, fur or other details of the appearance of this nocturnal animal.

how to draw an easy bat step by step

How to Draw a Bat: Conclusion

I hope you learned how to draw a bat using this step-by-step tutorial. Feel free to explore drawing other animals in various poses, applying the same method to create recognizable forms. Remember, practice and experimentation are key to trining your skills.

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