In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Cougar (Head Detail) step-by-step. Cougars are known by a variety of names, such as Mountain Lion, Puma, Panther, Catamount, Mountain Screamer, Painter and more. The Cougar holds the Guinness record for the animal with the most amount of names, with over 40 in English alone!
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
To draw a Cougar step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The 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 a big circle as a guide for the cougar's head. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you're struggling to draw the circle, trace the outer rim of a glass, a bowl or any other object with a circular edge. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: Draw a long, curved, horizontal line across the circle to help you place the mountain lion's facial features later. On top of the horizontal line, near the right side, draw a shorter, curved, vertical line for another guide.
Step 3: Draw a small circle on the lower, right side as a guide for the mountain lion's muzzle. Use the four-marks technique to draw this circle too. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the cougar's head. The lower, right side of this circle should be outside the edge of the big circle.
Step 4: On the top, left side of the head, draw a small arc as a guide for the panther's first ear. Pay attention to the size and placement of this arc in relation to the head.
Step 5: Draw another arc on the top, right side of the head as a guide for the puma's other ear. This arc should be a tiny bit thinner than the first arc.