In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a sitting Cheetah step-by-step.
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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.
To draw this Cheetah sitting 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.
Below you can watch a Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing three circles as guides for the sitting cheetah's head and body. The circle on the top will be the head and the two circles below that will be the body. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rims of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes and spacing of the circles.
Step 2: Inside the head circle, draw two curved lines as guides to help you place the facial features later on. On the bottom, left side of the head, draw a small circle as a guide for the cheetah's muzzle. Pay attention to the size and position of the muzzle in relation to the head circle. At the top, draw two short arcs as guides for the ears.
Step 3: Under the big circle in the middle, draw two long vertical lines as guides for the cheetah's front legs. Bend the lines to indicate the joints and the feet. The lines for the front legs should be lower than the bottom body circle. Under the bottom body circle, draw two more lines as guides for the hind feet. These lines should be more horizontal because the cheetah is sitting.
Step 4: Connect the head to the body using a couple of curved lines to create the guide for the cheetah's neck. Connect the body circles using longer, sloping lines to finish the guide for the torso. On the bottom, left side of the body, draw a long, curved line as a guide for the tail.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a sitting cheetah.
Step 5: Inside the head, draw two small circles for the cheetah's eyes. Use the lines as guides to help you position the eyes inside the head. Make the sides of the shapes pointy for the corners of the eyes. Inside each eye, draw two small circles for the pupils and for highlights. Shade in the pupils. Near the top, left edge of the muzzle, draw a small triangle as a guide for the nose. Draw a few curved lines on the sides of the shape to create the nostrils and curve the top edge of the nose. Make the bottom tip pointy and add a vertical line at the bottom.
Step 6: Darken the arcs on top of the head for the ears. Add short strokes inside the shapes and along the bottoms for fur. Draw a line under the nose that splits into two to create the cheetah's mouth. Darken the left and bottom of the initial circle to create the rest of the muzzle. Use short strokes as you darken the lines to create a furry texture.