In this lesson, you will learn how to draw a kangaroo using a fun character mostly made from basic shapes. You will also have the opportunity to study the animal using a picture of a real animal. This image is also decomposed into basic shapes to help you understand the anatomy of the subject. Finally, this lesson is available in both a written and a video version.
Kangaroos are fun animals associated with Australia. They have a unique anatomy that makes them easy to recognize. Amazingly, these creatures are able to hop at a speed of up to 40 mph. At such speed, they can easily jump up to 5o feet forward. Despite all these great abilities, kangaroos cannot walk backwards. Ready? Let's proceed with the video lesson first.
Like I said earlier, this adorable creature does have a unique anatomy. The advantage is that it's easier to sketch a recognizable character. However, some body parts are slightly tricky to get right at first. A kangaroo does have long pointed ears (1).
The back of the animal is round and made from a long curved line (2). The tail is also long and thick (3). The back legs are strong, long and gifted with large feet (4). Arms are short and a little bit far from the head (5). The head is also quite unique, so be sure to study this part carefully.
Great! Now that we have studied the picture, it's time to decompose this one into several basic shapes. This step is important to understand how the character was built. First, the body is made from a long oval shape. The part near the neck is much narrower. This one is made from another small rectangle. The head is done with a small oval shape. Smaller shapes are used to form the ears.
The arms and the back legs are made from a wide variety of rectangles. Most of them are thin, but the length may vary. The tail is also represented by a few basic rectangles. Nice! Now we have all the knowledge needed to create a beautiful cartoon kangaroo!
Let's add an extra challenge by sketching a kangaroo in action! Instead of drawing an animal that is just standing and smiling, let's work on a character that is jumping. First, sketch the body using an irregular oval shape. A similar, but smaller shape is needed to form the head. Both shapes are joined using a short rectangle. The back legs are done with thick rectangles and the tail is done using a line.
Once all shapes are added, you can work on the silhouette of the subject using long curved lines (step 3). Then, you can add details like the eyes, the ears and the nose. Complete this lesson by adding colors inside the illustration. You can use a variety of brown colors.
Of course, this was just a simple example on how kangaroos can be drawn. We have worked with the second character. The first one is also interesting because of the angle and the posture of the subject. Eyes are made from large circles to give a more cartoonish look to the result.
The third one is interesting. Some features are not drawn properly. Therefore we might confuse this kangaroo with a bunny. The last one is just a simple character wearing boxing gloves. This fun version is definitely easier to recognize.
I hope you had fun learning how to draw a cartoon kangaroo using all the examples above. Fortunately, more fun kangaroos can be drawn using adorable lessons from this site. You can learn how to draw this animal using rectangles like the first link below, or circular shapes like the other two. Have fun playing with these animals and don't forget to practice as often as possible.