How to Draw a Cartoon Koala
(the Easy Way)
G'day mate! In this lesson, we're going to come down from the trees and
travel over to Australia to learn how to draw a cartoon koala. These incredible
creatures are native to the island and have captivated people for years
with their cute appearance and amusing habits. So, let's grab a
eucalyptus leaf and some pencils and get ready to do down under!
STEP-1: First Stages in Creating Our Koala
Koalas spend up to 18 hours asleep each day, but our cute critter is
wide awake! The first part of learning how to draw a cartoon koala is to sketch
out some basic shapes to start us off. In this instance, we're going to
start with the head, so let's draw a large shape with a smaller shape
inside, as in our illustration.
STEP-2: Adding More Details to Our Leaf-eating Buddy
Now we've got the basic shape of the head, let's add to this by
sketching in some ears, eyes and the body. Draw the ears as two large
upside-down 'U' shapes and then draw two small circles either side of
the smaller shape you drew earlier for the eyes.
The next part of learning how to draw a cartoon koala is to begin sketching the
body – draw another shape beneath the head about twice the size.
STEP-3: Drawing More Lines for Extra Definition
Are you enjoying learning how to draw a cartoon koala? Now that we've got the basic outline of our awesome Australian buddy,
it's time to add some more lines to start defining the shape of this
marvelous marsupial. First of all, add some eyebrows directly above the
small circles you drew for the eyes, then begin drawing the arms and
legs by sketching in two curved vertical lines to the right of the
body, followed by an large upside-down 'U' shape and a smaller
upside-down 'L' shape beneath it on the left-hand side of our koala's
body. At the bottom left of the body, draw a small bump to represent
our cute critter's tail.
STEP-4: Adding Personality and Form to our Furry Friend
The next stage in learning how to draw a cartoon koala is to add some more
details which will really bring our cute critter to life and create
personality!Let's finish off those big koala ears by drawing two jagged
shapes for the inner ears – this will give the impression of fur
covering our cute critter's body.
Next, let's get to work on those arms and legs, which
help our furry
friend climb trees in search of tasty eucalyptus leaves!
Did you know
the koala is one of the few species that can eat these? That's one
clever piece of evolution!
Draw the arms almost as if they were human arms, adding three fingers
to the hand on the left – the other hand is seen from the side. Talking
of hands, did you know that koalas have fingerprints similar to ours
and two thumbs to give them a better grip when climbing trees?
Now, let's finish off the legs by continuing the lines
we drew in Step
3 and adding two feet, one of which has three toes and is seen from the
front. Again, these are almost like human legs, don't you think?
Now that we've learned how to draw a koala, let's add some color to our
awesome Aussie to give our illustration that all-important finishing
STEP-5: Get Ready for Some Koala Color!
Now that you've learned how to draw a cartoon koala, let's finish off our cool
critter by adding some color! First of all, take a dark green pen and
draw the outline before rubbing out any lines you don't need. Then, use
this same color for the eyes and nose, remembering to leave a small
area white in each to represent highlights.
Next, take a lighter shade of green and color in all of
the body apart
from the arm and leg on the right-hand side.
Finally, select a medium shade of green and color in the inner ears and
the arm and leg on the right-hand side – this helps create a sense of
shade and makes our cartoon koala look 3D.
Our marvelous marsupial is all done and ready to climb
trees and grab some tasty leaves! We hope you enjoyed leaning how to
draw a koala – now that you've mastered illustrating this sensationally
sleepy creature, why not draw him sitting in a tree or eating some
Alternatively, you could draw a female koala, who carries her young
around in a pouch just like the kangaroo. See you next time for more