How To Draw a Snail (Step by Step)


In this fun-filled drawing tutorial, we will show you how to draw a snail. Compared to different creatures of the world, snails have an extraordinary shape, incredible shells, and long antenna with their peculiar-looking eyes.


Snails are not bugs. They belong to the family of animals called mollusks. This implies they have delicate bodies without any bones, ensured by a shell. Did you know that before? They hide in their spiral-shaped shells when they feel frightened or to be protected from rain or harsh weather.

Snails live both on land and in water and are mostly found in small sizes. Few species of snails are used as food to make various dishes which often turn out delicious.

Their shells are used in jewelry as well and nowadays their excretions are used in cosmetics and creams. Isn’t it surprising? It is the truth. Snails are one of the slowest animals in the world and they live in slow motion. While they don’t move at a very fast speed, they usually have a very steady pace.

Draw a Snail

After reading a few characteristics of snails, would you like to draw a cute snail? This six-step tutorial will help you to learn how to draw a simple snail. The steps are going to be super simple.

What You Need

  • Our printable drawing guides
  • Paper
  • Market/Pencil
  • Coloring supplies

How To Draw a Snail Step by Step

Step 1:

Start by drawing a small curved line tilted at an angle as shown in this illustration. In no time you are going to learn an amazing snail drawing.

Step 2:

It’s time to complete the shell. Draw a curved line starting from the top of the previously drawn curved line. As you move on try to make it rounder and connect it to the previous line drawn in step 1. This step forms the snail’s defensive shell.

Step 3:

In this step, you will learn to add a spiral to form the curled shape of the shell. Start from where you ended in the last step; draw a continuous spiral to complete the shell. Isn’t it easy? Did you notice that you have just learned how to draw a snail shell?

Step 4:

Now start working on the body. You can sketch the tail first by drawing lines from the right side of the shell or you can draw the head part first by starting from the left side of the shell. It is up to you; whatever feels better to you. Imagination and creativity are what we highly promote.

Step 5:

Draw two tentacles emerging from the head of the snail. For this draw, two short parallel lines extending upwards from the snail’s head then add a miniature circle on the top of the lines. Repeat the same process to add the other one. This circle is made for the eyes to fit in.

Did you know, snails can see with their antenna eyes but have bad eyesight and they can’t hear? They have a sharp sense of smell which helps them to find food and they liked to be rubbed on the shell, head, and neck.

Step 6:

As the basic shape has been completed, it’s time to draw the eyes, face and add more details in the shell.

Draw a wide U shape for the smile and add smaller curves at both ends of the smile. This will complete the mouth of the snail. You can draw according to your imagination to give different looks.

For eyes draw half-filled circles indicating the pupil with extension lines on the top. This will give the snail a sleepy look.

Add small lines in the shell to add extra texture and details. Here you can use your imagination to design it in different ways according to your wish.

Once you are done with the drawing you can hang this masterpiece on your room wall or the door and share snail facts and stories with your friends and family. Doesn’t it sound immense fun?


This may be the most creative part as you have the liberty to design it in your way. Garden snails come in green, black, or brown while others are yellow, pink, and white.

We are using yellow in the body and light purple in the shell. You can color yours according to the way you want to. As we know that smaller things lead to bigger ones, we have kept the steps easy and explained them meticulously so you face no difficulties and you are thoroughly able to learn how to draw a cute snail.

Congratulations! You have learned how to draw a snail easily.

In case you want to improve your art skills and polish them, you can reach out to our other drawing collection and learn how to draw more yet new and different things.

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