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How to Draw a Peacock

Peacocks are among the most beautiful birds in the world. Similar in size to the turkey, peacocks are famous for shrill call, their bright colors, and their long, flowing tails.

Peacocks are native to Asia and Africa, but are raised in captivity all over the world.

Did you know? Only males have the extravagantly feathered tails. The term "peacock" technically only refers to the male of the species. Females are called "peahens," and mixed groups are known as "peafowl"

Peacocks have been included in artwork for millennia. Once considered vehicles to the gods and protectors of royalty, both real and painted peacocks could be found in ancient palaces.

The Greeks revered the peacock as a symbol of immortality, and this iconography was later used in European Christian art.

Perhaps the most notable modern use of a peacock image is that of the NBC television network emblem, which has been used since 1956.

Would you like to draw your own graceful peacock? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil and a sheet of paper, but likely you will wish to color your finished drawing as well. Peacocks display stunning colors, ranging from blue, green, yellow, and brown, to grey or solid white.

How to Draw a Fox

There are more than forty species of foxes spread throughout the world. In many cultures, foxes are known for their cunning and trickiness, and are often the subject of mythology and folklore. The fox is actually a small species of dog, but foxes have abilities other dogs lack, such as digging complete burrows in the ground and climbing trees.

In recent years, the silver subspecies of the red fox has been domesticated in Russia. Interestingly, domestic foxes begin showing traits common to many domestic dogs, such as floppy ears, and changes in coloration, including spots.

In this simple, step-by-step drawing guide, you will learn to draw your very own fox. You will need only a drawing implement, such as a pen or pencil, and a piece of paper. You may also want to have an eraser handy, as you will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along.

In each step of this easy drawing tutorial, you will notice that previously drawn lines are shown in black, while new lines are highlighted in blue. When you complete your drawing, you can shade it using crayons, colored pencils, or markers.

How to Draw a Monkey in Cartoon Style

In this guide we will draw a cute monkey. The tutorial is split into 11 simple steps. In each step we sketch simple shapes, which, when finished, will connect and create a surprisingly life-like cartoon monkey.

Draw slowly, but confidently, and soon you will have made a great looking monkey drawing. The secret is to take it slow and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Sketch lightly in pencil. It’s fine to try and draw many lines. Erasing mistakes is easy and you will later trace the final lines with thicker lines.

In the following drawing stages, I've highlighted each step with lines of blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

How to Draw a Pigeon

Several hundred bird species around the world are considered pigeons or doves. These peaceful birds are known for making a gentle cooing sound. Most pigeons are grey in color, but in Australia and the surrounding areas, many have shades of green and are as brightly colored as parrots. The blue Victoria crowned pigeon of New Guinea is the largest in the world - it is the size of a turkey.

Pigeons are not considered to be bright birds and they may be used representatively of such. More commonly, they symbolize the urban life of the big cities they populate. Some cities, such as New York and Paris, are especially well known for their pigeon populations. A white pigeon or dove is a symbol of peace, especially if it carries an olive leaf in its mouth.

In former times, pigeons were also used to carry messages. A note would be tied to the leg of a homing pigeon or carrier pigeon. Upon being released, it would return to its birthplace, bringing the message with it.

Pigeon characters appear in many cartoons and animated films. Examples include Feathers from Toy Story 3, the Goodfeathers from the animated series Animaniacs, Henri from An American Tail, and much of the cast of Valiant. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is a popular children's book.

Would you like to draw a cartoon pigeon? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

How to Draw a Spider Web with Spider

It has been estimated that anywhere on earth, you are never more than three feet away from a spider. These small creatures play a vital role in keeping the populations of pesky insects in check. All spiders have a poisonous bite, but only a few pose a serious threat to humans.

Large, round spider webs are a common sight throughout most of the world. These webs are typically generated by the 169 species of orb weaver spiders. The spiders use the webs to catch their insect prey. The webs are made from several types of fiber produced by the spider. One type of webbing is very strong and provides support for the web. Another type is sticky. The spider must therefore remember where she placed the sticky strands on her web so that she does not become trapped herself!

Would you like to draw your very own spider on its web? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also want to have an eraser handy. In each step of this drawing guide, newly added lines are highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black.

Do you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints available? Use them to color your spider. Though generally depicted as brown or black, spiders come in a wide variety of colors.

Crab spiders are often brightly colored, with bodies and legs of white, red, or yellow. A type of orb weaver spider called the writing spider has a white head and black and yellow zebra stripes on its body. The lynx spider is bright green, and the Hawaiian happy face spider is yellow with black, white, and red spots that make it look like an emoticon or emoji.

Are your spider senses tingling? If so, get to work on this spider web cartoon.

How to Draw a Snake Head

Adored by some, feared by many - what reaction does the slithering snake illicit in you? Since ancient times, cultures across the world have used snakes in religious iconography.

​The biblical account of the Garden of Eden disguises the devil as a cunning snake. Archaeologists have discovered carvings of snakes dating back thousands of years. Cobras adorned the crowns of Egyptian pharaohs, and the live animals were at times used ritually. In Greek mythology, snakes were associated with healing. The monster medusa wore a mat of snakes in place of hair.

​​According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, in mythology, the snake's "ability to shed their skin is associated with immortality; their ever-open eyes represent omniscience; their propensity for sudden appearance and disappearance allies snakes with magic and ghosts; a phallic resemblance embodies procreative powers; and the ability to kill with a single bite engenders fear of any snakelike creature."

​​​Did you know? Of the 3,400 snake species, only around 300 are venomous. Of these, only half can inflict deadly bites on humans, and 40 percent of snakebites do not produce envemonation. In most countries, lightning strikes and bee stings claim more lives than snake bites. And, snakes only bite when provoked, injured, or cornered.

​Snakes appear in modern symbolism as well. During the American Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin published a political cartoon featuring a snake chopped in sections, with the words, "Join or Die." A number of national flags feature snakes, including the coat of arms in the center of the Mexican Flag. Medical texts or ambulances use the ancient Greek emblem of the rod of Asclepius, a symbol of healing.

Would you like to draw a realistic snake's head? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial will break it down for you, using simple steps and detailed illustrations. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or other implements to shade your finished snake.

How to Draw a Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are small rodents native to South America. They were domesticated around 3,000 years ago. They were kept by the Inca, and they are still kept indoors and outdoors today - both as pets and as a food source. Guinea pigs were taken to Europe around the sixteenth century, where they became popular pets.

Unlike most rodents, guinea pigs maintain a strictly vegetarian diet. The domestic species of guinea pig no longer exists in the wild, but five non-domesticated species do.

Where did the name "guinea pig" come from? The term "pig" was likely given because of the squealing sound the animal makes, similar to its namesake. The term "guinea" is less certain. It could have been that a coin known as a guinea was the price paid for the animal in Europe, or it could have been a mispronunciation of "Giana," a region where guinea pigs were collected. Or, it could have been due to the fact that the ships, called Guineamen, stopped in Guinea, a country in Africa, on their way back to Europe.

Guinea pigs occasionally feature in popular culture. Notable examples include the Japanese anime cartoon series Hamtaro, and the film G-Force (2009).

Would you like to draw a cute and cuddly guinea pig? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Bearded Dragon Lizard

Bearded dragon is the common name of a group of eight lizard species. They are named for the spiky "beard" beneath their necks which can turn black due to stress.

Bearded dragons are native to the deserts of Australia, but they are also found in and around human homes. Bearded dragons are popular pets throughout the world. They can live up to ten years and reach a length of 24 inches. Bearded dragons need an environment in which the light, temperature, and humidity are carefully controlled.

Bearded dragons are communicative creatures. Their antics include moving their legs in a way that resembles a wave hello. The beard may be expanded to express aggression or during courtship. Bearded dragons may also hiss loudly when threatened.

Would you like to draw a cartoon bearded dragon lizard? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw a Bear

There are eight different species of bears in the world - black bears (Ursus americanus), brown bears (Ursus arctos), polar bears (Ursus maritimus), moon bears (Ursus thibetanus), spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus), pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), sloth bears (Melursus ursinus), and sun bears (Ursus malayanus).

The smallest of the bears is the sun bear. It is the size of a large dog and maxes out at 150 pounds (68 kilograms). The polar bear is the largest, at 1,600 pounds (730 kilograms).

Would you like to draw your own realistic bear? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

You will not need any special tools or skills; all you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color your finished bear.

As you follow this simple drawing guide, you will notice that each step is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, new lines added in the current step are shown in blue. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. You may want to sketch lightly at first, as there will be need to erase some of your early lines in order to complete the picture.

How to Draw a Turtle

This time we are going to draw a cute cartoon turtle. Our step-by-step turtle drawing tutorial has 15 steps and is also suited for kids and all budding artists.

We will use basic shapes (circles, rectangles) to outline the rough shape of the turtle. With the help of the shapes, it will be easy to create the drawing with the correct proportions.

Sketch with a light hand at first as the simple shapes will be erased later.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.

How to Draw a Giraffe

A gorgeous giraffe is the topic for our drawing tutorial today. A long-legged and necked giraffe can be a little tricky to draw due to its body proportions but with help of the wireframes we should be able to tackle the body shape.

​We will start by sketching a wireframe and geometrical shapes that will eventually evolve into a fully developed giraffe.

Draw lightly as most of these "helper" shapes will be erased before you're finished.

In the step-by-step drawing guide below, you will find each step highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

How to Draw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Face

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, called TMNT or just Ninja Turtles for short, began as a comic book in 1984. The characters were a parody of others popular at the time, including Daredevil, New Mutants, and Ronin.

In the time since TMNT has spawned action figures, children's toys, apparel, breakfast cereal, and multiple movies, video games, and television series.

How did the Ninja Turtles come to be? The most common origin story is that the animals began to transform into a humanoid form after exposure to a glowing oose. They were trained by a mutant rat named Splinter, who acted as their adoptive father and sensei, or teacher.

Would you like to draw the face of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? This easy, step-by-step superhero drawing guide is here to save the day. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.