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Kateryna Mainina Kateryna Mainina

Deer are graceful and beautiful animals, often symbolizing gentleness and nature’s beauty. Drawing a deer can be a wonderful experience for artists of all skill levels, from children to adults. In this tutorial, we will focus on how to draw a deer in a simple yet realistic manner, perfect for coloring pages and art enthusiasts.

How to Draw a Deer

Materials You’ll Need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Coloring tools (optional, such as crayons, markers, colored pencils)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Draw The Outline Of The Deer

At the beginning of our creative adventure, draw an outline of the head and body of the future deer.

Step 2: Draw The Details Of The Head

Draw the ears, the fur on the head, and make the head more elongated towards the nose.

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Step 3: Draw Antlers

Draw the deer’s antlers and add eyes, nose, and mouth to the face. Note that the eyes are clearly below the line.

Step 4: Draw The Neck And Front Legs

It’s time to connect the head and body with a wide neck covered in fur. Also draw the front paws.

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Step 5: Draw The Hind Legs And Tail

In this step, add the hind legs and a small tail behind them.

Step 6: Finish The Deer

Now we need to erase all the extra lines. Also, for a more realistic look, detail the deer’s eyes.

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Step 7: Add Details To The Background

As a final step before coloring, draw a snowy Christmas tree and snow under the deer’s paws.

Step 8: Color The Fur And Antlers

Take any coloring materials (we used paints) and color the main part of the reindeer’s fur. Also color the antlers with dark brown.

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Step 9: Color The Fur On The Head And Neck

Choose a color to color the fur on the head and neck. Also, use black to color the nose, eyes, and mouth.

Step 10: Trace The Outline Of The Deer

Color the deer’s tail and hooves. And use a black marker to trace the outline of the deer.

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Step 11: Color The Background

As a final step, color the snow-covered tree and the snow under the reindeer’s hooves, and you can also add snow falling.

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Tips for Drawing a Deer

  • Begin with light pencil strokes to allow for easy adjustments.
  • Refer to pictures of deer for inspiration and to understand their anatomy.
  • Practice drawing deer in different poses to improve your skills.
  • Focus on the gentle and elegant characteristics of the deer.


Drawing a deer can be a serene and rewarding activity, offering a chance to connect with nature through art. By following these steps, you can create a beautiful deer drawing that captures the essence of this graceful creature. Whether you are making a coloring page or practicing your drawing skills, this guide provides a foundation for creating your own unique deer drawings. Remember, practice and patience are key, so keep drawing and exploring your artistic journey!