How to Draw a Cartoon Animals Easily
A good cartoonist should know how to draw faces and facial expressions. But your knowledge will not be complete if you are unable to draw huge animal world in all its diversity including fish, birds, pets, wild animals, each animal with its unique characteristics. Therefore, in this tutorial we will learn how to draw cartoon animals.
1. Create the base.
The cartoon is very useful. Children are simply thrilled by watching intricate detail of human forms in a simple and attractive interpretation. Exaggerating facial expressions of our characters, we not only entertain them, but also teach them how to deal with misfortune. Without animals the world of cartoons will be incomplete for a child. A cartoonist unable to draw various animals is not an artist. Today we are going to change that. We’ll draw animals using mostly a circle.
We will set eyes on our first picture and use this optimal location for all our animals. See also lesson on “How to draw cartoon faces” and “Create emotions of cartoon heroes”.
You will see the key elements of drawing animals, and get some useful tips for the modification of the original design into something new. Now when we have a template, let’s go on drawing the first animal.
2. Draw a cartoon cat
The cat’s muzzle is pretty easy to draw, it is well rounded and repeats the shape of our template.
Cool, isn’t it? Now let’s draw the cat from different angles:
Cat drawing rules:
- Large and pointed ears are slightly separated from each other;
- A tiny spout is almost glued to the muzzle;
- The big mustache (tactile hairs).
Let’s see how to make a she-cat from this cat?
We have only changed the eyebrows and painted lashes. Done! Now we have a she-cat!
3. Draw a cartoon pig
Let’s start with the muzzle:
The secret of drawing pigs is in drawing ears and the muzzle. The muzzle should be rounded, the chin flats out. The ears are slightly pointed forward, the nose is connected directly to the head:
The technique is quite simple. Consider these features and it will be a success.
Can I make an elephant out of a pig? Of course. Small changes can bring to life totally different creatures!
4. Draw a cartoon horse
We use the same template for all animals. Let’s draw a horse. Note that the skull of a horse is thinner, the muzzle is elongated forward, the jaws are round and feature large teeth.
The mane goes down the neck. The horse has a broad and strong neck, their nostrils protrude upward, the ears are normal size compared to the head.
5. Differences between animals
We have already drawn a cat, but there is another not less important animal left …
Let’s look at the key differences between a dog and a cat:
- The nose is bigger, it moves forward along with the jaws;
- Ears are located closer to each other;
- Eyebrows are thicker;
- The face is less rounded;
The ears’ length in dogs varies on the breed: ears can fall on the snout or look upwards.
Drawing different dog breeds can take up the whole day. Unlike cats, dog breeds are very different from each other.
Birds also have differences between their breeds:
The chicken head is round, the eagle and the parrot have flat heads. Well, now it’s for you to give it a try. Redraw the animals mentioned above as many times as you need to make it easily. After that, you will be able to draw other animals, too. Do not forget to notice the peculiarities of each animal and reproduce them on paper:
6. Lights, camera … motor!
Animals’ bodies are very flexible. You don no need to know animals’ anatomy to draw them in motion. It is enough to outline the main directions and understand how the body works in motion.
Learn to simplify forms of the animal you are drawing, making sure that you locate the main body parts such as the neck, thighs, tail and legs properly. Dimensions of the cats’ limbs vary on the animal.
Note that lions and tigers are very strong. In the lower right corner, we have the example of the cartoon lion’s head. Once you understand how animals move, you can play with them! You can even combine an animal and a human drawing in a cartoon style. This is a very interesting technique. Try to put a four-legged animal on two feet.
Notice how the sketch changes depending on the character’s anatomy: everything is based on rounded forms.
7. Ungulates in motion
Let’s take a look at the horse’s anatomy and check the main differences:
The horse’s front legs are little different from other animals: they look like human legs (featuring knees), while in cats and dogs they look more like elbows (bent in the opposite direction).
All hoofed animals follow the same pattern as the horse, regardless of size and shape:
It isn’t a universal rule, but:
in fact, the anatomy is not so complicated.
You can draw so many animals in a short time!
Now you know how to draw almost all the animals! Of course, you shouldn’t stop there. Observe how animals behave in real life. Watch the Discovery Channel, make videos of your own and improve your skills.
Animals have feelings and should be treated with respect, love and care both in cartoons and in real life. Remember that pets are part of the family.