How to Draw a Snake (King Cobra)



How to Draw a Snake

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Snakes are legless reptiles with scaly tubular bodies tapering toward the tail, lidless eyes, and venomous fangs. Snakes are famous for their roles in animated movies. Let's begin!

Steps

A Cartoon Snake

  1. Draw a medium-size oval shape for the snake’s head.Draw two small circles above that oval for a framework for the snake’s head.
  2. Draw a curve connecting the circles and the oval to taper the snake’s body.
  3. Draw the curves extending from the small circle at the left end to complete the snake’s body.The tail becomes more slender near the tail.
  4. Draw the sketch for the eyes and tongue for the snake’s head.
  5. Refine the sketch of the head to make distinct the snake’s nose and mouth.Make it look like a cartoon and add details for the snake’s body
  6. Trace with a pen and erase unnecessary lines.
  7. Color to your liking!

A Traditional Snake

  1. Draw a circle for the snake’s head.
  2. Draw the curved shape that overlaps the circle a little at the right.This serves as a framework for the snake’s body.
  3. Draw the curves which connects and complements the first half of the snake’s body.
  4. Draw the curves which completes the other half of the snake’s body.The curves become more slender near the tail.
  5. Add the details to the head for the snake’s eyes, tongue, mouth, and nose.
  6. Add the details for the snake’s body.
  7. Trace with a pen and erase unnecessary lines.
  8. Color using your imagination!

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  • Question
    How can I draw scary snakes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on whether it's aimed at a particular person. If it is, find out if that person is scared of snakes. Most people scared of snakes will be terrified of huge ones. If it's for someone who isn't scared of snakes or not really aimed at anyone, try making it look dangerous. Give it larger fangs, more heads, and maybe something on the tail.
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  • Question
    How do I make it bigger?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Just get a bigger piece of paper and draw each portion of the snake much larger than it appears in the example images. Get creative!
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  • Question
    How did you do the tail?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You slowly make the lines come together, not to fast though, or else it will look like it's got a stub tail.
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  • Question
    Is there a way to make exact measurements?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    A ruler can help make more exact measurements. If you take art classes, you may learn to use the pencil method.
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  • Question
    Is there an easier way?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can just draw a squiggly line and add a head, or do whatever you think is easy/best. Get creative!
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  • Question
    How do I draw it smaller?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Make thinner lines and shorten the snake's body. If it still looks bad, try Googling some images for reference.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why is it so hard?
    Rebel Skye
    Community Answer
    Nature is beautiful but complicated. Try tutorials on YouTube or tracing to learn the anatomy.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I make it more realistic?
    Rebel Skye
    Community Answer
    Use a reference photo. Make sure it’s a photo and not a drawing. Study each part of the photo, and try tracing over it as you study the snake's anatomy.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What do I use for coloring?
    Rebel Skye
    Community Answer
    You can use paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, whatever you want to.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I add fangs or a rattle?
    Rebel Skye
    Community Answer
    You can add whatever you want. Be creative. Every snake is different.
    Thanks!
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To draw a snake, start by making a circle for the head. Next, draw a curved shape that overlaps the circle a little at the right to be a framework for the body. Then, draw the curves that connect and complement the first half of the snake’s body as well as the other half of the body, which will become more slender near the tail. Once the body is sketched out, add details like the eyes, tongue, mouth, and nose. Finally, add some detail to the body before erasing any unnecessary lines and coloring your snake in.

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