How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 20

Step 20: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the cheetah's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the big cat's body. Use a series of short strokes on the neck and along the underside of the body for a fur-like texture.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 21

Step 21: Use the long, curved line on the right as a guide to draw the tail. Just like with the legs, first lightly sketch the shape of the tail around the guide. Don't overlap the hind leg. When you get the shape of the cheetah's tail right, darken the lines.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 22

Step 22: Carefully go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner cheetah drawing.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side Color

Final Step: Something's missing. The spots! Add the cheetah's spots all over the body using ink. Don't overthink it. Just add a bunch of small circles all over the body and fill them in. This process shouldn't be too difficult, but it is very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Add smaller spots between the bigger spots. Leave some blank areas on the cheetah's chest and underside. Make the spots bigger on the tail until they turn into stripes toward the tip. Draw smaller spots on the cheetah's forehead and cheeks. Darken the nose too.

Color your cheetah drawing! Use yellow for the base of the coat. Start coloring lightly and slowly build up to the shade of yellow that you like. Add some yellow-orange on top of the yellow and leave the chest and underside blank. Add different shades of yellow and orange and blend them all together. Use some red-orange and even a bit of light brown on the cheetah's coat. Leave a section around the eyes and the chin blank. Use red for the eyes.

Use a bit of brown to create shadows and give the figure more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source so that all the shadows are consistent with it. Use dark brown to get darker shadows along the white areas of the cheetah's coat. You can add more yellow to the body to soften the shadows. Add some gray at the bottom for a cast shadow. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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