How to Draw a Sloth Step by Step

How to Draw a Sloth Step by Step

Jan 06 , 2020

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new NIL-Tech drawing tutorial: "Sloth". Found in Central and South America, sloths call the tall trees their home, as their long claws make it hard for them to stroll on the ground. Sloths appear to be everyone's "spirit animal." They get to eat, sleep, and hang out in trees throughout the day, minding their business without care worldwide. Or at least that's how it looks. It turns out, there are a lot of for them to be so slow-moving - and laziness isn't one of them.


Here are some interesting facts about a Sloth:

1. It Takes Two. There are two sorts of sloth, two-toed and three-toed. However, this can get confusing as both types have three claws, or 'toes', on their back limbs. In reality, the 'two-toed' sloth should be called the 'two-fingered' sloth as the difference between them both can be found on their front limbs.

2. Natural camouflage. Sloths possess a symbiotic partnership with the algae that grows on their fur. While the sloth provides the algae with protection and water (as sloth hair is very absorbing), the algae give the sloth camouflage along with extra nutrients through their skin.

3. Hanging upside down. The impressive biology of a sloth allows it to spend 90% of its life hanging upside down. Researches show that this is possible because their organs are connected to their rib cage, which suggests they don't weigh down on the lungs. This implies that, unlike us, a sloth can hang upside down without any effect on its breathing.

4. Taking a look at You. Sloths have an additional vertebra at the base of their neck that permits them to turn their heads on a 270 ° axis. This enables them to get an almost 360 ° view of their surroundings, which proves to be a highly advantageous defensive device. This one-of-a-kind function makes sloths stand out from other animals whose bone structures do not enable this adaptability.

5. A Photo Smile. The facial structure of a sloth gives the appearance that it is continuously smiling - even if it is experiencing pain or stress. When sloths are used as a photo prop for selfies, travelers might accidentally confuse this feature for happiness or contentment.

In this tutorial, we used the following supplies:

  • 2B pencil 
  • 5B pencil
  • HB pencil
  • 4H pencil 
  • colored pencils
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • White Vinyl Eraser


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Let's start drawing a Sloth step by step!


how to draw a sloth step by step

Step 1. Draw the branch and contour of the sloth (pencil 4H).


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Step 2. Draw the legs and the oval of the muzzle (HB pencil).


sloth cartoon

Step 3. Draw the fingers, eyes, nose, and mouth (pencil 2B).


sloth drawing

Step 4. Erase excess lines, draw the paws. Draw a branch, add leaves. Draw the details of the face (pencil 5B).


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Step 5. Outline the contours, erase the excess lines (pencil 5B, eraser).


cute sloth

Step 6. Color the body with a beige pencil; the legs and branch with a brown pencil (colored pencils).


sloth clipart

Step 7. Color the muzzle, draw shadows with darker pencils to add volume to the picture (color pencils).


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