How to Draw Cute Snails

Learn how to draw cute snails in this easy step-by-step drawing lesson! In this fun drawing tutorial I’ll show you how to draw smiling snails with groovy designs on their shells. For an extra touch, you can add something fun on top of their shell, such as a pot full of flowers or a fancy hat!

This animation gives you a quick overview of how to draw a snail. Scroll down for each individual step!

How to draw cute snails by Art is Fun

Step 1

First you'll draw the snail's shell, which has a spiral shape. Begin your spiral on the lower left side of your paper. You’ll start in the center of the spiral and draw outwards by drawing a curved line that goes up and around to the right, then down and over to the left and back up again, as shown below. The red arrows are there to help show you what direction to draw your line.

How to Draw Cute Snails, Step 1

Step 2

Continue the line by drawing another loop that runs parallel to your first line.

How to Draw Cute Snails, Step 2

Step 3

Continue the loop over to the right and end it by drawing a diagonal straight line that 'closes' the shell.

How to draw cute snails, step 3

Step 4

Draw the front end and back end of the snail's body.

How to draw cute snails, step 4

Step 5

Give the snail a happy face and tentacles coming out of its head.

How to draw cute snails, step 5

Step 6

Draw designs on the snail's shell, such as loops, waves, circles, stripes, or anything else you can think of.

How to draw cute snails, step 6

Step 7

(Optional) Draw something cute on top of the snail's shell, such as a pot full of flowers or a fancy hat! Scroll down for more examples of things you can draw on the snail’s shell.

How to draw cute snails, step 7

Step 8

Color it in! This snail was colored in using colored pencils.

How to draw cute snails, step 8

Cute Snail Drawing Example

Here’s another example of a Happy Snail, drawn with colored pencils. On her back is a fancy top hat with a flower sprouting from the top! Think of all the ways you can design your own snail to make it unique!

Cute Snail Art by Thaneeya McArdle

Cute Happy Snail Coloring Pages

If you like snails but don’t feel like drawing your own, I have a few fun snail coloring pages that you can color!

Cute happy snail coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle’s set of 20 printable Groovy Animals Coloring Pages

Cute happy snail coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle’s set of 20 printable Groovy Animals Coloring Pages

The snail above is a more detailed version of the snail you learned to draw in this lesson! You can start coloring this snail right now in my set of Groovy Animals Coloring Pages, which is available as an instant download and includes 20 whimsical animals for you to fill with color!

Two Groovy Snails to Color

My Peace & Love Coloring Book features these 2 smiling snails for you to color! If you like groovy hippie art, this coloring book contains 30 whimsical images full of bohemian flower power.

Happy Hippie Snail Coloring Page

Colorful Snail Art by Thaneeya McArdle

I also created a groovy snail for my Hippie Animals Coloring Book! Above you can see my colored version and below you can see the B+W coloring page. I colored in this snail using Copic Sketch Markers and Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.

More Easy Drawing Lessons

If you enjoyed learn how to draw cute snails, you can find even more fun drawing lessons in my book, Draw Groovy, which is filled with step-by-step tutorials showing you how to draw cute things! My colorful book shows you how to draw cats, owls, butterflies, peace signs, mandalas, paisley and more.

Be sure to check out my other free online drawing lessons! For example you can learn how to draw a cat or how to draw an owl!

Learn how to draw happy snails in this easy step-by-step drawing lesson by Thaneeya McArdle!

Let’s Draw Course

If you’re looking to take your drawing to the next level, check out my review of the Let’s Draw Course. It’s a comprehensive video and ebook course designed to teach beginners the fundamentals of drawing, and much more!

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Learn to draw with these fun online drawing lessons!

Learn to draw with these fun online drawing lessons!