Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Jaguar" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw two circles near the middle of the paper as guides for the first part of the jaguar's body. First draw four small marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. But the circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a glass, a lid or any other object with a circular edge. The circle on the right should be a bit smaller. Don't draw them too far apart, otherwise your jaguar will end up too long.
Step 2: Draw another circle on the top, left side of the body as a guide for the jaguar's head. This circle should be smaller, about one-third the size of the first one. Don't place it too far away from the first circle. Their edges should almost touch.
Step 3: Draw a curved horizontal line across the head. This is a construction line that will help you place the jaguar's facial features later. Add a short, curved vertical line on the top left side of the head for another construction line.
Step 4: Draw a small circle on the lower left side of the head as a guide for the jaguar's muzzle. Pay close attention to the size of this circle in relation to the head. It should be about one-third the size of the head. The top edge of this circle should touch the construction line, and the lower edge should be outside of the head.
Step 5: Draw two small arcs on top of the head as guides for the ears. Jaguars don't have huge ears, so don't draw these arcs too big.