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How to Draw a Snake

In this lesson on how to draw a snake, I will show you how to do it in four different ways, divided into different levels of difficulty.

First I’ll show you a basic tutorial that will suit most of my readers. Then I’ll show you three additional methods so you can try them all and decide which one suits you best.

how to draw a snake
how to draw a snake step by step

Table of Contents

Basic Information on How to Draw a Snake

I have prepared for you another fascinating drawing lesson in which you will learn how to draw a snake step-by-step. This drawing lesson will be quite simple and clear for you, as it is designed specifically for children and beginners.

But of course, you can say that the concept of a “simple lesson” is too vague, and the same method may not suit some people and suit others. On this page, you will definitely find a method that will suit your artistic skills.

So, what do you need to know before you start drawing a snake?

No matter how you draw, remember that the snake does not have smooth and straight lines. All lines should be smooth and fluid.

In addition, it is worth remembering the differences in styles. You can draw either a cute cartoon snake or a menacing and realistic one.

In this article I will, of course, tell you how to do this.

You can use the skills learned in this tutorial if you want to add a snake to any of your drawings in the future. For example, you can draw a snake against a natural landscape, a cave, or grass.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies (green or light brown)

Steps on How to Draw a Snake

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Draw a Snake

  1. Draw the outline of the snake’s head.

    You should draw an arbitrary figure that looks a bit like a deformed oval. This will be the head of the snake.how to draw a snake easy

  2. Depict the eyes of the serpent.

    Sketch out two ovals inside the previously drawn figure. It is thanks to the large, far-set eyes and tickled face that this snake looks cute and cartoonish.how to draw a snake for kids

  3. Add the serpent’s mouth.

    Below the previously drawn eyes, add one wavy line. Try to replicate the outline of the mouth as accurately as possible.
    drawing the mouth

  4. Draw the tongue of the snake.

    Use curved lines of varying lengths to depict the tongue with two pointed ends. Because of the smiling mouth, even this formidable tongue does not make the snake menacing
    drawing the tongue

  5. Add the body part of the serpent.

    Below the snake’s head, add two curved lines of different lengths. Please note that the snake’s body thickens as it moves away from the head.how to draw a snake cartoon

  6. Depict another part of the body.

    Now sketch out two more curved lines on the left side. The fact that this snake’s body is slightly thicker than usual gives it a more childish appearance.

    drawing the body

  7. Draw the snake’s tail.

    To complete the drawing of the torso, add another long, curved line. In this part, the snake’s body again becomes noticeably thinner.
    drawing the tail

  8. Correct inaccuracies.

    Use the eraser to remove any unnecessary guidelines. In addition, you can outline your snake drawing or add details such as scales or nostrils.
    erasing the guidelines

  9. Color the snake drawing.

    To color this snake, you should use black, pink and green. These are the most popular colors for a serpent, but you can of course use any other colors including black and white.how to draw a snake for kindergarten

Additional Content

Don’t forget to download the PDF I’ve prepared especially for you so that you can keep a short version of this tutorial and additional useful materials to help you improve your artistic skills.

Additional Techniques on How to Draw a Snake

Above I showed a fairly simple way to draw a snake. This snake looked quite cartoonish and was unlikely to scare anyone. But at the same time, this snake was not too simple, and perhaps for some of you it might even seem complicated.

Below I’ll show you three additional ways to draw a snake, from the simplest to the more advanced. Let’s continue the learning process!

Elementary Method

The first method is perfect for the youngest. Here you will not see any extra lines or additional details. Just four steps and your cute snake drawing is ready.

snake step by step drawing tutorial

Easy Method

This lesson is similar in difficulty level to the one you saw at the very beginning. But unlike that snake, here you can see a slightly more realistic head. Here you can also see nine steps, during which you will need to first draw the head, the body and then the details.

how to draw an easy snake step-by-step

Realistic Method

This method is much more realistic and more complex. So what makes this snake drawing more realistic?

Firstly, its body is thinner, which does not make him look like a baby snake, its eyes do not look like cartoons, and its face does not express any emotions. In addition, here you can see more details, which also makes this snake drawing more realistic.

how to draw a realistic snake step by step


So, the snake drawing lesson is over, and it’s time to sum it up. What did you learn from this article?

If you’ve completed all four tutorials, then you are now a true pro at drawing serpents.

If you were careful enough, you could figure out how to make the same animal look cartoonish and cute or scary and menacing, as for example in the sculpture of Laocoön and His Sons.

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