It's that time of year. The days get shorter, the evenings get darker, and the mornings get colder. If there's anything that can cheer us up, its halloween!
Halloween is one of my favourite holidays, and it's easy to see why! Fancy dress, horror, sweets and pumpkins - you'd be crazy to miss it!
To celebrate, this week leading up to October 31st I'll be giving you some step by step tutorials on drawing some of the most popular halloween friends. All you need is a pencil and some paper, or a computer and a mouse! What are you waiting for?
And if you don't feel like drawing, I've provided some home-made colouring sheets ready to download, print and colour in yourself! Give them to your kids, it's a great halloween game!
*Scroll down to the bottom for the colouring sheets*
DRAWING A BAT - STEP BY STEP GUIDE
To begin with, draw a nice, fat circle. Don't worry about it being perfect, the best circles are never perfectly round.
Now add another, slightly bigger and fatter circle, underneath it. Make the circles overlap slightly.
This will be the bat's head and body!
Now we move onto the wings. Draw two curved lines, starting where the circles overlap and ending high above the circles.
Now draw two more curved lines, heading back down. Keep them going outwards as well as down!
From the bottom of your lines, draw some humps that connect to the circle which is our body. Don't think too much about this, just use an M shape over and over until you're connected.
It's starting to look like a bat now!
Add some little hands and feet to your bat.
The hands go at the top tip of the wings, the feet are underneath the bottom circle somewhere.
Don't give up yet! We're just getting to the fun bit!
Next, we're working on the face!
Add a nose - bats have little pig-like noses, so two little dots and an arch will do just fine.
Next comes the big grin! Add some fangs for that super-scary halloween effect.
At last but not least, two beady eyes!
Once you've finished the face, it really will look like a bat!
Now you can add some of the finer details, you can add as much, or as little detail as you like.
Ta daa! Your bat is complete!
You can change any of the instructions above to personalise your bat if you like, give him a fatter body, or smaller wings, or bigger eyes, etc
That's the beauty of drawing - let your imagination go wild!
After you've finished, be sure to add some halloween themed colours and show your bat off!
If you drew a bat based on this guide, please do send it and I'll add it to the blog!
For all those little hands that can't quite draw yet - here is a free HALLOWEEN BAT colouring sheet.
(To download, just right click this huge image below and 'SAVE AS' on your computer - then print it out on A4 paper and get to work!)
Share it with your friends, school or club - and feel free to share it with me too!
You can email completed bats and bat colouring sheets to; firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone who sends a completed bat picture will get a special mention on this blog!
Keep your eye out for the next halloween-themed drawing guide... FRANKENSTEINS MONSTER!