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Tutorial: How to Draw Rabbit Ears

With Easter coming up, everyone’s getting ready to start drawing bunnies, but many of those bunnies will sadly have dog ears. As a (primarily) canine artist, I wanted to share a tip I’ve discovered to avoid this mistake when drawing rabbit ears.

Even if they don’t look like dog ears to you, they sure as heck aren’t rabbit ears!

Even if they don’t look like dog ears to you, they sure as heck aren’t rabbit ears!

The most common mistakes I see are:

  • Placing an outer rigid-looking rim around them with fluff where they connect to the head. (Likely cartoon influence)

  • Placing them so that they sprout out of the side of the head. (They actually sit more along the top, to the eye anyway)

Rabbit ears have more complex shapes in them than just triangles, but it doesn’t mean they have to be difficult.

Rabbit ears have more complex shapes in them than just triangles, but it doesn’t mean they have to be difficult.

I find it’s easier when I imagine the base of the ears are actually cylinders (with the bottom angled towards the front of the face). The rest of the ear is more like a wing that "tucks" where the top of the cylinder is, on the outer edge of the ear.

The ears also point with their openings/flat side facing outward toward the side rather than frontward when relaxed. They have to keep an "ear out" for predators. As an aside, to prevent "dog face", the front view of a rabbit’s head is pear shaped, while the side is like an egg.

If it helps, hares are kind of like a Pokemon evolution of a rabbit: bigger, more gangly, way more serious looking, higher combat points. I love them so much!

If it helps, hares are kind of like a Pokemon evolution of a rabbit: bigger, more gangly, way more serious looking, higher combat points. I love them so much!

Need to draw a hare? No problem! Their "base" cylinders are simply longer. Hope this helps!


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