**Grid step**

You can print out the base construction lines and start drawing on tracing paper or you can draw the grid layout yourself using the following steps… Show more

1) Draw a rectangle that will define the conditional proportions and boundaries of the chosen drawing.

2) From the middle of the rectangle, draw one vertical and one horizontal line equally dividing the shape.

3) Draw another horizontal line equally dividing the upper half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a horizontal line equally dividing the bottom half of the rectangle.

4) Draw a vertical line equally dividing the left half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a vertical line equally dividing the right half of the rectangle.

**Step 1**

Mark off the width and height of the ornate box turtle. Draw two ovals for its head and carapace. Draw a smooth line, which will act as the center of its body and head.

**Step 2**

With the smooth line, define the shape of the lower part of the carapace.

**Step 3**

Outline the turtle’s neck.

**Step 4**

Add guidelines for the legs of the turtle. Pay attention to the shape of the carapace.

**Step 5**

Delineate the legs and feet.

**Step 6**

Draw the head and eyes of the ornate box turtle. Add toes.

**Step 7**

Draw a plastron. Work on the figure, paying special attention to details.

**Step 8**

Contour the ornate box turtle, trying to vary the blackness and thickness of the line. Add some details and the ground. Erase all guidelines.