How to Draw a Cartoon Cheetah
(the Easy Way)
Do you know how to draw a cartoon cheetah? Quick, blink and you'll miss
this awesome athlete! With incredible
markings and super-fast speeds, the cheetah is easy to spot (geddit?) –
it's keeping up that's the problem! However, once you've followed our
simple steps, you'll be up and running after you've learned how to draw
a cartoon cheetah the easy way!
STEP-1: No 'Cheeting'! Let's Start with
'Feline' creative? The first part of learning how to draw a cartoon
cheetah is to sketch some basic shapes which will help us create our
cool cat. Draw a dome shape for the head, followed by a long shape for
the body. Our cheetah is just about ready to take off from the starting
STEP-2: Let's Get Up to Speed by Adding More Detail
Our awesome athlete now needs some extra touches. Make the top of the
head jagged to represent fur, then draw two large ears – like most
cats, our super-fast feline has got amazing hearing!
Next, draw an
upside-down triangle for the nose then, using our basic shape as a
guide, sketch in some lines for the legs as in our illustration. Draw a
curved line to the right of the body for the hind leg. You see?
Learning how to draw a cartoon cheetah is easy once you've followed in
STEP-3: Racing Ahead by Adding the Legs
Wow, our fast furry friend is really taking shape! Let's now add some
more detail, starting with the inner ears – draw a jagged line here to
represent fur. Then, draw two eyebrows followed by two pointed oval
shapes beneath for the eyes. Our world-class athlete also need a mouth,
so draw a verticle line from the bottom of the nose, followed by two
curved lines either side.
Now, to break all those land-speed records,
our cheetah will need some strong legs – at the bottom of the vertical
lines you drew earlier, sketch in two large paws at the front, followed
by another hind leg on the left-hand side of the body.
STEP-4: Making Sure our Cheetah Doesn't 'Tail' Behind
The next stage of learning how to draw a cartoon cheetah is to add the
all-important tail to our jungle dynamo's body – sketch this in on the
left-hand side. Our record-breaker is now ready to whoosh through the
air in hot pursuit of wildebeests and gazelles!
Once you've done this,
draw a curved shape for our cheetah's open mouth, followed by a jagged
line underneath to represent fur. Our athlete is now only missing two
things – the rear feet. Draw these in a similar style to the front
feet, then add some more vertical lines to finish off the paws – like
all cats, our cheetah has claws which can be retracted or unleashed at
STEP-5: Making sure our Cheetah is Spotted!
Our awesome athlete is nearly ready to race alongside other Olympic
champions, but there seems to be something missing…..ah, you spotted
it! The next and arguably most important stage in learning how to draw
a cartoon cheetah is to add those distinctive markings. Draw circles
all over the body as in our illustration – purr-fect!
Next, let's give
our cool cat some teeth – make these nice and sharp. Finally, draw a
line across the tip of the tail and sketch in our cheetah's chest by
drawing a paddle shape on the front of the body. On your marks, get
set, go! It's time to go crazy with color and really bring our cartoon
cheetah character to life!
STEP-6: Letting the Fur Fly by Adding Color!
The final stage of our lesson in how to draw a cartoon cheetah is also
the most fun – going crazy with color! For the outline, choose a dark
brown color, then rub out any lines you don't need. You can use this
same color for the eyebrows and inner ears.
Then, select a bold yellow
for the body, coloring in everywhere apart from the chest area.It's
time to get spotted! Color each circle in black, then use this same
color for the tip of the tail, the nose, eyes and outline of our
awesome athlete's open mouth. Remember to leave a small area white on
the eyes and nose to represent highlights.
We're almost ready to win the race – choose a rich red
color for the
inside of the mouth, then finish off the chest area with a lighter
shade of yellow.
Our awesome athlete is now ready to zoom across the plains of Africa!
Now you've learned how to draw a cartoon cheetah, why not practice
drawing some more characters? It's easy when you know how!