Step 15: Use the initial lines as guides to draw the hind legs. Make the leg thicker and use quick, short strokes for the fur. Use curved lines at the bottom for the toes. Draw lightly at first. When you like what you have, go ahead and darken it. Draw the cheetah's other leg the same way.
Step 16: Draw the front legs using the same technique. Use quick, short strokes around the guide and draw the toes at the end. Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal, so draw the legs slender and long.
Step 17: Use the initial shapes as guides to draw the rest of the cheetah's body. Use quick, short strokes to represent fur. Draw a small waist and a big chest.
Step 18: Draw the cheetah's tail using the initial line as a guide.
Step 19: Erase as much of you can of the initial guide lines for a cleaner sketch. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any of the final sketch lines that you accidentally erase.
Final Step (optional): He looks nekkid! Draw the spots! Add different-sized circles all over the cheetah's body and shade them in. Drawing the spots can be time-consuming, so be patient as you draw them or take breaks. Spread the spots out randomly and don't forget to make them different sizes. Pause the video or use reference if you need further help in drawing the spots.
Add some shading to give your cheetah drawing more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Draw a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the cheetah so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your cheetah drawing for extra detail. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.
Thanks for watching! Subscribe to the How2DrawAnimals YouTube Channel for a new tutorial every Tuesday.
To learn how to draw popular cartoon characters, visit EasyDrawingTutorials.com.