How to Draw a Guinea Pig – A Guinea Pig Drawing Tutorial for Beginners
Guinea pigs are not considered pets in Peru, but rather a delicacy that is raised as livestock.
A Tutorial on How to Draw a Guinea Pig
This is a non-discriminatory tutorial on how to draw a guinea pig; you do not need to be a professional to follow this tutorial; it is appropriate for beginners. The process is nearly identical; the only difference will be the outcome.
Step 1: Constructing the Main Body of Your Guinea Pig Sketch
Because a guinea pig’s body fits inside an oval, we use an oval as the first construction shape for its body. The oval should be in the center of your page, with space on either side, under, and on top of it.
Step 2: Construction of the Head
To draw the face of a guinea pig, we’ll need to add another construction oval, but this time it should be upright and squashed flat, and it should be positioned to the left of the body’s oval, with the top overlapping slightly.
Step 3: Construction of the Ears
The first ear, on the left, is pulled back slightly and will have a flap to it at the end of our drawing, so the construction line should have a slight curve to it. The second ear, on the right, should look like a reversible ear.
Step 4: Constructing the Feet
The construction shapes for the feet will be determined by the way the guinea pig is facing you. The feet visible to us are both front feet and the back foot on the right. We’ll start with the front right foot, which requires a construction shape that looks like a deflated oval overlapping the bottom of the body’s construction line, right below.
Step 5: Constructing the Face
Drawing a human face, let alone a guinea pig’s face, is notoriously difficult, which is why we carefully and precisely divide the face into sections for easy symmetry. The first line you must draw is a vertical one that makes the halfway line down the middle of the face. However, because the face is looking to the right, the line should be placed more towards the right-hand side.
Step 6: The Final Outline of the Head
This step is a little more fun than the others because you get to add some of the fur! The face has a weak outline, with lots of short lines that look like little hairs coming out of the face, whereas the ears, which are not as fluffy, require continuous lines to form their outline. As you can see in our example, the ears have little folds.
Step 7: The Final Outline of the Guinea Pig’s Body
Remember that the back right foot’s leg is hidden in the guinea pig’s fur, so all you have to do for the furry outline is let the hairy line come out to the right as it curves out, giving a hint at the leg that is there, just like you did for the face.
Step 8: How to Draw the Guinea Pig’s Facial Features
Let’s start with the mouth by drawing two curved lines that come from another two curved lines that conjoin on their upward swoop. Next, draw two lines on either side of the middle construction line and the middle horizontal line for the nose of your guinea pig drawing.
Step 9: Adding the Details
This step appears more difficult due to the sheer number of lines that make up the fur covering a guinea pig’s body. Because a guinea pig’s hair is not as short as that of a mouse, these lines should not be too short; instead, they should be curvy and flowing in the same direction.
Step 10: Adding the Color Base
We chose to paint our guinea pig in a peachy light brown color as the base coat for our guinea pig sketch. To achieve this, you must first apply a base coat of color before adding the full detailing of highlights and shadows.
Step 11: Adding Some Highlights and Shadows
Shading is important for a realistic drawing, and you can do so by smudging a darker brown around the body’s outline, as well as around the guinea pig’s face. Finally, the ears should be a little darker than the rest of the body so that they can be distinguished more easily.
Step 12: Adding More Color
Our guinea pig has a white face, a white line down its chest, and some stripes around its body. You can paint your guinea pig with creamy white paint down the bridge of its nose, stopping just before the top of the head. The white paint can spread across the guinea pig’s cheeks and down to its chin.
More dark brown paint is needed to darken the ears even more, as well as above the front right foot and on the left side of the face to show how the neck is turned.
Step 14: Coloring the Nose to the Toes
Have you ever admired guinea pigs’ cute little pink noses? Well, now you can color the nose of your guinea pig pink, as well as the pathway down to and including the lips, and finally, the toes. The nose can be given a black paint smudge in a “Y” shape to add some definition.
Step 15: Finishing Touches
You might think you’re finished after the last step, but there’s one more thing to do to make it look more realistic. Take a grey-colored paintbrush and go over some of the fur detailing, including the guinea pig outline.
Are Guinea Pig Sketches Hard to Do?
This tutorial is designed for beginners to follow with ease; there is no real difficulty here; all you need is patience.
How Do I Get Proper Proportions for My Guinea Pig Drawing?
The use of construction lines is an important guide for drawing a proportionate guinea pig, and we’ll show you how to do it if you follow our tutorial.
How do you mark a guinea pig?
Guinea pigs, like most animals, use scent to mark their territory. You may notice your guinea pig urinating in different locations around his habitat, or rubbing his bottom across the floor or against cage furnishings, which spreads his scent throughout his habitat and identifies it as his territory.
What does bumblefoot look like in guinea pigs?
Over the course of several months, the infected guinea pig’s footpads may become inflamed (redness), develop sores, or become overgrown; other signs and symptoms include: Hair loss on the affected foot; reluctance to move or inability to walk normally.
Do girl guinea pigs have periods?
Female guinea pigs can have estrous or fertile periods at any time of year, but they are most common in the spring. An estrous cycle lasts 16 days, and a female is fertile for 6 to 11 hours, most often at night. Female guinea pigs begin a new estrous cycle shortly after giving birth.
Will 2 female guinea pigs fight?
What should you do if two female pigs fight? Females, like males, can fight for dominance; it’s not as common, but it does happen occasionally.
Do guinea pigs bite?
Guinea pigs are docile animals that rarely bite without reason; instead, they’ll’mouth’ their owners while being held to see if they’re edible! These aren’t hard bites, and they don’t hurt; if your pet bites you for real, it’s because they’re afraid of you.