Welcome to our how to draw animals tutorial collection. Choose one from our ever growing collection of step-by-step tutorials. Or get a warm up and start with a selection of few very simple animal drawing tutorials for kids and beginners.
If you are very new to drawing yourself or are training a very young budding artist, here are few steps to get you started. For your very first drawings, we have picked up several simple animals which can be drawn from a single basic shape – we will turn an oval or circle into an animal – cat, spider or a fish! Next, we build upon our process by building our animal drawing from multiple shapes. Often, once we learn how to draw one animal, it is possible to use the same basic shapes to draw other animals, such as turning a cat into a tiger or lion by modifying few of the features typical for each animal. But enough words, let’s get drawing animals!
Warmup: Easy animals drawn from a single shape
Our first section is a bit of a warm up. It will get you started drawing animals, even if you have never drawn any before. Let’s see what we can draw from a simple oval:
Our first animal is a simple spider. Draw one oval for the body and two more for the googly eyes. Add eight spider legs and you can already tell what animal we are drawing.
Here is another very different animal drawn from a simple oval:
Draw an oval for the head. Then add two crossed ovals just underneath. Next, we add a few details – whiskers, face and a tail – and it is a cute cat having a rest!
Let’s see what other animal can we draw from a single circle.
Here we have started with a simple circle. we have added three more circles to draw a very surprised face. Few fins and spikes, and we have a very surprised puffer fish!
How to draw animals – step by step
Now that you had a bit of practice on the very simple animal drawings, let’s start combining the basic shapes to build up some more interesting animal drawings.
The basic process how to draw animals is similar in all our tutorials:
- We start by sketching the basic body shape. We use simple geometrical shapes to build up the animal body.
- Next, we sketch and build the smaller parts of the body – paws, legs, tails, fins – whatever are the right parts for our animal.
- Next, we add all the details – eyes and facial features, ears, tails, fur or spikes. Quite often, particularly when drawing cartoon animals, you will find that you can use very similar body shape and build very different animals by just adding the features typical for each animal.
- Finally, we outline the completed animal drawing and clean up the sketch. And if you have colour pencils, you can
colorin your animal.
So let’s use above guide to actually draw an animal.
Here is our basic animal body shape built out of two plain triangles.
Here we have added the smaller parts – paws, legs, tail and sketched the face features and ears.
And here is our completed outline drawing, built from the simple sketch we have done.
If you like how our cat from simple triangles turned out, you can draw the very same picture yourself by following our detailed step by step “How to draw a cat” tutorial.
Hot Tip: draw different animals from a common base
Now before we complete this tutorial with a list of animal drawing tutorials, let’s explore one more trick. Once you have learned how to draw one animal, it is usually quite simple adapting the same drawing for a few other different animals of the same type. Here are a couple of examples:
In our tutorial on how to draw a fish, we learn the basic fish shape. Here it is:
Then we use the very same shape to draw two very different fish – a carp and a mackerel. But not only that – by changing the shape of fins, the very same shape can be used to draw a shark! See, three different animals using one same technique because they are all similar type – they are all fish.
Try it in the detailed step by step tutorial:
Here is one more example of how to turn one animal drawing into another. Here we have used the fact that tigers and lions are just overgrown cats – at least for our cartoon drawing style. We can simply adapt the cat drawing to a tiger or lion, by adding the “trademark” features for each animal – mane for the lion and stripes for the tiger. Here are the results:
Here is our triangle cat turned to lion:
And here the circle kitty redrawn as a tiger:
Want to draw some more?