How to Draw a Bat

Two Methods:A Cartoon BatA Traditional Bat

Bats are small nocturnal flying mammals with leathery wings stretching from the forelimbs to the rear legs and tail. They are fond of eating fruits or insects and usually hang upside down when resting and they want to live in the dark. They are a favorite depiction for something sinister. Here's how to draw a bat!

Method 1
A Cartoon Bat

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    Draw a circle and an oval which overlap each other in the end of the circle. This will be for the bat’s head and body respectively. You may want to tilt the figures depending on where you want the bat to face.
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    Draw two elongated ovals on each upper side of the circle. Draw a smaller inner oval in each oval drawn. This will be for the bat’s ears. The ear at the left is bigger to depict distance.
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    Draw the bat’s tail and wings using curved lines which connect to the oval body.
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    Draw small ovals to form the bat’s limbs and feet.
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    Connect the wings of the bat and draw its back and tail.
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    Draw two circles of different sizes inside the circle for the head. This will be for the eyes. Draw also a curved line below the circle for the neck.
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    Add details to refine the eyes and to draw the mouth.
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    Erase unnecessary overlaps and lines.
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    Color as you like using shades of black!

Method 2
A Traditional Bat

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    Draw a circle and an oval which overlap each other in the end of the circle. This will be for the bat’s head and body respectively. You may want to draw it at the center to give space for the bat’s wings.
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    Draw two small vertical ovals and connect each oval on both sides of the circle. This will be for the bat’s ears.
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    Draw a small oval at the center of the circle for the bat’s snout.
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    Draw stick framework of the bat’s wings.
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    Draw the bat’s limbs using thin and small ovals at the rear end of the big oval body. Draw the tail at the bottom center of the oval body.
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    Connect the wings framework by drawing a curve which connects the wings and the tail.
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    Refine and add details for the bat’s head to depict the ears, mouth, eyes, and snout to resemble a real bat.
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    Trace with a pen and erase unnecessary lines. Add details to the bat’s wings and body.
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    Color to your heart’s delight!

Tips

  • Draw lightly in pencil so that you can easily rub out mistakes.
  • Use an art pencil to sketch, then color in the sketch gently.
  • Bats are comprised of simple shapes, but they are linked to each other in unusual ways; make sure you have the anatomy correct before you go over your drawing in ink. Looking at real photos of bats helps, as does reexamining the distinctions between each step (see images above).

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Categories: Drawing Animals