How to Draw Cartoon Animals

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Looking for tutorials on how to draw cartoon animals made from simple shapes? Good news! You can now learn how to draw all the farm animals, wild animals, insects and sea animals you love using all drawing tutorials available on this page.

Enjoy the simplicity of illustrating an adorable crab. Work with round shapes as you are representing a lovable cartoon puppy. Go for something more complex while you are drawing a cartoon fox or even a simple porcupine. Ninety-five animals can be found on this page!

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Most cartoon animals can be duplicated in just six easy steps. The first step usually consists of the head and the body. They can be drawn with a circular shape (for the head) and a large rectangle for the body. You can draw cartoon animals by following all steps carefully or select your own order. 

All cartoon animals are drawn with large eyes and pupils. If you can draw a circle, then you can draw all facial expressions of these simple designs. The mouth is form using a large curved line. This is the most simple technique you can find! :)

Some characters might be more challenging to illustrate. For example, the wings of the bat are made from pointed oval shapes. They can be done using a mix of two or three basic shapes, but you can also use your creativity to end up with something slightly different. It's up to you!

Unlike other drawing lessons that can be found on this site, I am not focusing on colors for this series on how to draw cartoon animals. The goal is to draw a simple character, period. You will have the opportunity to see a colored version at the beginning and the end of each drawing lesson, but you should focus on sketching the animal instead of adding colors.

A few designs are drawn with a similar posture. Once you can draw the dog, illustrating the cat, the dachshund, the chihuahua, the fox and even the frog should be quite easy. Others like the gorilla and the monkey might look similar at first, but if you look closely you'll see that there are a few differences.

It is important to draw all the features of a character without forgetting a single detail. The cheetah and the tiger are quite similar. If you don't draw the patches correctly, the result can be confusing and hard to recognize.  

I hope you will enjoy this series on how to draw cartoon animals. Beginners should be able to draw most animals in just a few minutes. Remember that drawing is all about practicing. You won't achieve great results if you only try an animal once. Draw the same character until you get it right. That's the only way you will succeed.

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