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How to Draw a Cartoon Dinosaur

Dinosaurs have long excited the imaginations of children and adults alike. It was during the 1600's that dinosaur fossils were first recognized as being something entirely different from any animal alive today. Then, scientists thought the bones might have belonged to giants. And giants they were, but of the reptilian and birdlike variety. The word "dinosaur" was first used to describe these creatures in the 1840's.

Long-necked dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, and Brachiosaurus have been the starring characters in many animated cartoons. Little Foot from The Land Before Time and Arlo from The Good Dinosaur are among the most popular.

Would you like to be able to draw your very own cartoon dinosaur? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil or pen and a piece of paper. You may also want to acquire an eraser and something with which to color your finished drawing, such as markers, crayons, or colored pencils.

Each step of this drawing guide is accompanied by a picture. In each picture, new marks made in that step are highlighted in blue, while lines from previous steps are shown in black. You will be erasing some of your early lines as you go along, so sketch lightly at first.

How to Draw a Cartoon Fish

Scientists have identified over 33,000 different kinds of fish. It is no wonder, then, that fish of all kinds have long been the subject of cartoons and other art forms. From Disney's hit movie Finding Nemo (2003), to classic children's books such as Marcus Pfister's The Rainbow Fish, aquatic characters have entered our hearts as well as mainstream popular culture.

Would you like to be able to draw your very own cartoon fish? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, as well as crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.

Each step in this drawing guide is accompanied by a detailed illustration. For each picture, new lines added in the current step are highlighted in blue. Lines from previous steps are shown in black. You may want to sketch your lines lightly at first, as you will erase some of the early lines, called guide lines, in order to complete the drawing.

Are you ready to draw your fish? Remember, just keep swimming!

How to Draw a Cartoon Snake

Did you know? There are over 3,000 different kinds of snakes in the world. They range in size from less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) to more than 30 feet (9 meters). There is even an ancient, fossilized snake that would have been 50 feet (15 meters) long. Snakes live on every continent in the world, except for snowy Antarctica.

Snakes often get a bad rap, due in part to the venomous bite of some, or due to the fact that as reptiles, they are naturally cold blooded. Some people avoid snakes because they have been used as a symbol of evil since ancient times. Don't worry, though - if you'd like to draw your own snake, the cute cartoon serpent in this drawing tutorial is nothing to be afraid of.

To draw your snake, you will need a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a marker, pen, or pencil. You may also want to have some crayons, markers, or colored pencils handy to color your snake when finished.

Notice that each step in this simple drawing guide is accompanied by easy to follow illustrations. In each picture, new lines added to the drawing are highlighted in blue. Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your original lines in order to complete the drawing.

How to Draw a Cartoon Cat

In this tutorial, we will draw a cute cartoon cat. The tutorial is quite easy, but if you’re looking for the simplest cat drawing tutorial, check out our How to Draw a Simple Cat drawing guide.

We will use some basic shapes to create the outline of the cat. These shapes will be erased later in the tutorial, so sketch with a light hand.

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 Cartoon Squirrel

Squirrels are rodents that can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Some live in trees, while other burrow in the ground. The word squirrel is derived from an ancient Greek word meaning "shadow tail."

Popular culture and animation has heralded a number of squirrel characters. Chip and Dale, Disney's chipmunk duo, debuted in 1943. Alvin and the chipmunks were first seen in 1958. Scrat, the prehistoric comic relief in the Ice Age films, hit theaters in 2002.

Would you like to draw your own cartoon squirrel? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

You may also want to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines, as well as crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Squirrels can range in color from red, brown, and gray, to black, white, or combinations of these colors.

How to Draw a Cartoon Spider

Some researchers have said that no matter where you are on planet earth, you are never more than three feet away from a spider. These prolific arthropods live in buildings, in the forest, in the desert - some even hunt under water.

Spiders are distinguished from other invertebrates by several unique characteristics. Their bodies have two segments, the head and abdomen. All spiders have eight legs and digest their food using poison injected by their fangs. Most spiders are harmless to humans, but a few can cause injury or even death.

Spiders come in a wide range of colors. A variety of orb weaver spiders called writing spiders have yellow and black zebra stripes on their back. Lynx spiders are bright green, and Hawaiian happy face spiders are yellow with black, red, and white spots that make them look like living emoticons. Other spiders are brown, black, white, yellow, red, or a combination of colors.

Cartoon spiders are a part of our popular culture. They often play a minor role, such as the "Spi'ider" in Megamind (2010) or the singing spiders in Sing (2016). At times, however, spiders are cast in a starring role, such as in Charlotte's Web (1973, 2006).

If you would like to draw your very own cartoon spider, all you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

How to Draw a Cartoon Horse

In this horse drawing tutorial, we will draw a cute cartoon horse. The drawing guide has quite a few details, but if you follow the step-by-step instructions, you will be able to create a great looking horse drawing.

The cartoon horse is part of a series of different horse drawing tutorials. You can find the other guides through the links below.

Don’t draw heavy lines when you start drawing. The early lines will be erased as they are there only to help until we have the outline of the horse ready.

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 Cardinal Bird

The northern cardinal, also called the redbird, is a common sight at bird feeders across North America. Because of an abundance of sunflower seeds available in backyard feeders, the cardinal has expanded its range in recent years. Setting up a bird feeder is easy and cardinals are beautiful to watch.

​An endearing fact about cardinals is that they mate for life. Pairs generally stay within earshot of one another's calls. Cardinal pairs can raise up to four broods of chicks per year, and they have been known to grieve for a deceased mate.

​​Cardinals frequently figure in artwork. Dishes and decorations meant for the Christmas season often feature redbirds nestled among snowy evergreen boughs.

Many sports teams employ the cardinal as a mascot, most notably the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. It is also the official state bird in seven states - West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

​​Would you like to draw a cardinal? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Cartoon Cow

Cows are one of the most widely known animals in the world. They are raised on farms for meat, milk, dairy products, and leather.

Cows called oxen are used as draft animals, pulling wagons or plows. In some areas, cattle are ridden like horses.

Even their manure is put to use, as fertilizer or fuel for fire. In some parts of the world, cows are revered as religious icons.

It is thought that the world's 1.4 billion cattle were domesticated from about eighty wild aurochs in the country of Turkey, many thousands of years ago. At one time, owning cattle, rather than money, was seen as a sign of a person's wealth.

It is no surprise, then, that the humble cow has long occupied a place in modern popular culture.

Clarabelle Cow is one of the earliest examples, joining Mickey Mouse and other Disney staples as early as 1928.

Since then, well known cartoon cows have included children's adaptations of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox; Cow from the cartoon series Cow and Chicken (1997), and the Chick-fil-a restaurant cows.

Would you like to draw your very own cartoon cow? Doing so is easy when you follow this step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and markers, crayons, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.

You will notice that each step of this simple drawing guide is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, newly added lines are highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines are shown in black.

Pay careful attention to erase the guide lines as you go along.

Now, get a moo-ve on and draw your cartoon cow!

How to Draw a Cartoon Goat

The farm animals now known as goats were one of the first animals domesticated from wild species of Europe and Asia. They are raised for their fur, milk, meat, and as pets. Did you know? Young goats are called kids - just as young people are called kids!

Goats have played a role in art and culture for millennia. The Norse god Thor was said to have a chariot pulled by goats. The Greek god Pan had the body of a goat, and the animal appears on the Chinese zodiac. The goat's role in mythology is often depicted on ancient pottery and other artwork. In some parts of the Scandinavian region, a "Yule goat" is built out of straw during the Christmas season.

Would you like to draw a cartoon goat? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

Goats come in many colors and patterns - black, white, brown, red, striped and spotted. Have some coloring tools ready to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon

In the second how to draw a dragon tutorial, we will draw a cool cartoon dragon. Drawing a cartoon dragon is fairly easy. The step-by-step tutorial below has quite a few steps but each of them is easy to draw.

We will use basic shapes to help to draw the cartoon dragon. Many of these early shapes will be erased before the drawing is complete. Draw with a light hand. You can trace the complete drawing with a heavier line when it’s finished.

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.

How to Draw a Cartoon Bee

In today's guide we will be learning how to draw a bee. This very simple tutorial consists of 14 easy steps. If you follow the step-by-step instructions you can have your very own buzzing bee sitting on the paper in front of you!

​Bees are very simple creatures to draw. They are made of very simple, round shapes. These shapes should take a minimal effort to draw.

​Begin sketching very lightly, you don't want to make any of your sketch lines too dark, this will just make it harder for you to erase them in the long run.

​Before you begin the sketching process, make sure to visualize the size of your bee. This will help you decide how big to draw each shape.

​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.