The kangaroo is one of Australia's most iconic animals. Like the platypus and a number of other marsupials, European scientists did not believe the kangaroo to be real when explorers first reached the world's largest island - they thought it was a hoax!
What is a marsupial? Marsupials are mammals that carry their babies in a pouch. Kangaroos and the smaller wallabies have one of the most unique forms of locomotion in the animal kingdom. Using their large feet and powerful legs, they stand upright and hop. The tail is often used as a "third leg," supporting the animal's weight as it leans and balances on it.
In Australia, images of kangaroos can be found almost everywhere, including the Australian coat of arms, on coins, as sports team mascots, and in the logos of airlines.
Kangaroos also grace clothing, accessories, and children's toys the world over. In popular culture, kangaroos have featured in television series such as The Wild Thornberrys and the film Kangaroo Jack.
Crikey, mate! This step-by-step drawing guide is a real beauty, and it makes drawing your own kangaroo easier than ever. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished picture
From Winnie the Pooh to Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, cute bears have long been a staple in children's cartoons.
The fascination with cartoon bears may go back as far as 1902, when President Theodore Roosevelt went bear hunting in Mississippi. Some of his hunting companions caught a bear cub and tied it to a tree, offering to let the president shoot it as a hunting trophy. He refused to harm the helpless animal, and his compassion was immortalized in a cartoon published in a Washington newspaper. Plush toy bears soon came to be called "Teddy bears" in the president's honor.
Would you like to be able to draw your very own cute cartoon bear? Doing so is easy when you follow this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
You don't 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 crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.
As you follow the steps in this drawing guide, notice the color coding in the accompanying illustrations. New lines made in each step are highlighted in blue, whereas lines made in previous steps are shown in black. You may want to draw your lines lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your early lines in order to complete the drawing.
Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?
Reindeer are often associated with the Christmas holiday. Santa's sled is said to be pulled by a team of eight reindeer - Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. These were first named in the 1823 poem, "The Night Before Christmas." The story of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, "the most famous reindeer of all," was published in 1939, and immortalized in film in 1964.
Did you know that reindeer are a real type of animal? Also called caribou, this deer species lives in the subarctic northern reaches of Europe and North America. In some places, indigenous peoples herd or farm caribou for meat, milk, and hides. They are also used to pull carts or sleds. Real reindeer, however, are unable to fly through the night sky.
Would you like to draw your own reindeer? Doing do 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. New lines are added in each step, highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black.
You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes or remove guide lines. Use colored pencils, markers, crayons, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Will your reindeer have a red nose like Rudolph? The choice is up to you.
Wolves have been cartoon staples since the early days of animation, beginning with such classic stories as "The Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood." These stories cast the wolf as the villain, but there are plenty of stories in which this animal is rightly the hero - Balto (1995), Alpha and Omega (2010), and the Japanese anime Wolf's Rain are just a few examples.
Would you like to be able to draw your own cute cartoon wolf? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you need is a piece of paper, an eraser, and something with which to draw, such as a pencil. You may also want to use crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color your cartoon wolf when completed.
This guide follows a step-by-step format, and each step is accompanied by an illustration. Notice that new lines added in each step are highlighted in light blue, while marks made in previous steps appear in black. You will wish to sketch lightly at first, as there is need to erase some of your initial lines before you complete the drawing.
Following this tutorial, you'll soon have a wolfish friend of your very own.
Gorillas are large primates of the group known as the Great Apes, native to the African continent. Several subspecies of gorilla have been documented, ranging in habitat from jungles to mountain forests.
While the gorilla has appeared in the art of its native land for millennia, it did not enter western popular culture until the 1800's. Gorillas were then depicted either in natural history publications or as fearsome monsters, such as in the film King Kong (1933). Modern animation has seen a number of gorilla characters, notably the many gorillas in Disney's Tarzan (1999), including Terk, Kala, and Kerchak, and DC Comics’ super villain, Gorilla Grod.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon gorilla? Doing so is easy, with the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. As you go along, note that new lines drawn in each step are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps fade to black.
You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes and remove guide lines. Use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
From realistic tiger characters such as Aladdin's Rajah (1992) and The Jungle Book's Shere Khan (1967), to anthropomorphic characters such as Tigger (Winnie-the-Pooh, 1952), Hobbes from the Calvin and Hobbes comics, and Kellogg's cereal's Tony the Tiger, tigers (Panthera tigris) have long been a popular subject in children's cartoons.
For thousands of years, tigers have graced the art of many lands, across their home range and elsewhere. This is especially true in areas that included the tiger as a zodiac symbol, such as China.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon tiger? Now you can, by following this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need to follow these easy instructions is a piece of paper and a pencil. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished tiger.
In each step of this drawing guide, new lines added during that step are shown in light blue. Lines drawn during previous steps are shown in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of the early lines, called guide lines, as you go along.
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) lives in the remote mountain forests of China. Panda are famous for their unique black and white coloration as well as their appetite for bamboo.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon panda? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes, and crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
Each step of this simple drawing guide is accompanied by an illustration. In each illustration, new lines added during that step are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black.
You may want to sketch lightly first, as you will need to erase some of your early lines as you go along.
The lowly pig has played a role in human culture for millennia. The domestic pig was bred from the Eurasian wild boar thousands of years ago. Today, it can be found all around the world, and with a population of about one billion individuals, the pig is one of the most numerous large mammals.
References to the pig can be found in centuries old folklore, including the Chinese zodiac, the parable of the prodigal son, and such fairy tales as "The Three Little Pigs." Pigs played a large role in the social commentary Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell, and its film adaptations. In modern popular culture, pigs have been immortalized as such cartoon characters as Porky Pig of the Looney Tunes and the British cartoon character, Peppa Pig.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon pig? Using this step-by-step tutorial, all you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
In each step of this simple drawing guide, you will either draw the new lines, highlighted in blue, or erase guide lines drawn in a previous step. You may want to have an eraser handy for this purpose, as well as paints, crayons, markers, or colored pencils in order to shade your finished drawing.
In Japan, the term inu means dog or wolf. Dog characters are frequent features of anime cartoons and chibi art.
Some famous anime dogs include Maru from Kimi ni Todoke, Ein from Cowboy Bebop, Potato from Air, Armageddon from Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties, Pakkun and Akamaru from Naruto, and Heen from Howl's Moving Castle.
Even real dogs have reached heroic proportions in Japanese lore. For example, a dog named Hachiko visited the train station daily, waiting for his master, long after the master was deceased. Today, a statue of Hachiko is a landmark outside of the Shibuya train station in Tokyo.
Would you like to draw an adorable anime dog? This easy, step-by-step chibi cartoon drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
"Birds of a feather flock together." - Maxim dating to the sixteenth century.
Birds are the only extant creatures that grow feathers rather than scales or fur (it is thought that some dinosaurs or other ancient creatures may have borne feathers as well).
Feathers serve a wide range of purposes for the animals that wear them. Tough flight feathers enable most bird species to fly - some, such as the wandering albatross, may stay aloft for a year or more without landing!
Soft down feathers keep many birds warm in frigid temperatures. The feathers of water birds, such as ducks or penguins (learn to draw a duck or penguin), even keep out moisture so that the bird's skin remains dry.
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People in cultures around the world have long used feathers for greatly divergent purposes.
Pillows, bedding, and clothing were stuffed with feathers for added warmth. Feathers attached to the end of an arrow helped it to reach its target, and quill pens were feathers dipped in ink and used as writing or drawing implements.
To the Native Americans, eagle feathers are, to this day, sacred religious objects used in ceremonial headdresses and ritual objects. Rooster feathers are still used to decorate men's and women's hats, jewelry, and hair accessories.
Would you like to draw your very own feather? All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and this handy, simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Notice that in each step, new lines are highlighted in blue, and explanatory text accompanies each illustration. If you wish to color your finished drawing, you may use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
Sheep are gentle domesticated mammals often raised for their wool, milk, or meat. Different terms are used to describe a family of sheep: a group of sheep is called a flock, the male is called a ram, the female a ewe, and the baby a lamb. A person who takes care of sheep is known as a shepherd.
Did you know? Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated by humans. Over one billion domestic sheep are kept on farms around the world.
Sheep have played a role in human culture for millennia. Perhaps the earliest mention of the animal in literature occurs in the Bible book of Genesis, written around 3,500 years ago. Sheep occur as symbols in religions ranging from those of ancient Egypt and Greece, to the Chinese zodiac, to modern Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
In the English language, many colloquial sayings involved sheep. For example, "a wolf in sheep's clothing" is a person who hides bad intentions; a "black sheep" is someone who differs in opinion or habits from those around him; to "fleece the flock" means to take advantage of churchgoers; and to "pull the wool over one's eyes" means to trick someone. Today, various sports teams and Dodge Ram branded vehicles use the image of a male sheep as a mascot.
Would you like to draw a sheep today? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. If you have supplies such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints on hand, you may use these to shade your finished drawing.
"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire, and your children are home!"
- A classic nursery rhyme.
Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a variety of insect found all over the world. Around 6,000 species have been identified. In general, they are very helpful garden insects, eating the aphids that destroy many garden plants.
It was once thought that the number of spots on a ladybug's back indicated its age in years, but this is now known to be a myth. Instead, the number of spots and their pattern can be used to identify the variety of ladybug in question. Young ladybugs, called larva, resemble tiny caterpillars that range in color from white to black with orange spots.
In many cultures throughout history, the ladybug has been considered a symbol of good luck, and images of the beetle are thus used to adorn clothing and other objects. Today, ladybugs are the logo of choice for such diverse companies as booksellers, clothing makers, and software developers.
One of the most memorable depictions of a ladybug in film is that of Francis in Disney and Pixar's A Bug's Life (1998). Despite being a "lady" bug, Francis makes it clear that this species of insect includes males, as well. Says he to a fly, "Just because I'm a ladybug, that automatically makes me a girl - is that it, Flyboy?" Says the fly: "She's a guy!"
Would you like to draw your very own ladybug? With the help of this simple drawing tutorial, doing so is easy. All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser. You may also wish to use markers, crayons, paints, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step includes both an illustration and explanatory text. New lines in each step are highlighted in blue.