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How to Draw a Zebra – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Zebras are wild horses native to Africa. Their bold, black and white coats serve as camouflage. The irregular pattern helps them blend in with tall grasses or with the shadows in a forest. They also blend in with each other when traveling in groups called herds.

There are different types of zebras, and each has a different stripe pattern. Grevy's zebra has thin stripes, and the mountain zebra has horizontal as well as vertical stripes. Some plains zebras have "shadow stripes" of brown between the black stripes.

Some people wonder whether zebras are white with black stripes or black with white stripes. According to the San Diego Zoo, the former is true - the black stripes end at their white bellies and upper legs. Their skin, however, is solid black, even beneath the white fur.

Zebras have been depicted in artwork for centuries. One of the oldest paintings of a zebra was done for an emperor in the first decades of the 1600's. Zebra print patterns remain popular in clothing and home decor. Animated films and television series also feature zebra characters. Among the most well known are the mascot for Fruit Stripe chewing gum, Marty (Madagascar, 2005), Stripes (Racing Stripes, 2005), and Zecora (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, 2010).

Would you like to draw your very own zebra? Doing so is easier than ever with this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to have colored pencils, crayons, paints, or markers handy in order to color your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Butterfly in Cartoon Style

In this guide we will draw a butterfly in seven easy steps. Butterflies are colorful and delicate creatures, but a simple, cartoon style butterfly is very simple to draw. Just follow the guide step by step.

First, before drawing anything, measure roughly how much space your butterfly drawing will take up. The wings are surprisingly large and if you make the body too big the wings may not fit in the paper.

We’ll draw simple shapes that, when connected, will make a great looking butterfly. First we'll sketch the butterfly’s body, and then add the wings and details. Note, that in real butterflies, the forewings are never smaller than the hindwings.

Draw the initial sketch with light pencil touches. When the sketch is ready, use stronger lines to complete and touch-up your drawing.

You can have fun when decorating the wings. Each butterfly has a unique pattern on their wings. Copy one you like from a photo or create your own pattern.

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 Horse’s Head

In the final tutorial in our series of how to draw a horse, we’re going to draw a horse’s head. You can find the other horse drawing guides through the links below.

Drawing a horse head is easy if you follow the step-by-step instructions. There are only few difficult steps so this drawing tutorial is suitable for kids and people at all skill levels.

Sketch lightly and carefully in the beginning. We will start by drawing simple circles to outline the shape of the horse’s head. Those circles 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 Bird Nest

A nest is a type of home. It is a structure created by an animal to protect its eggs and house its young after hatching. Birds are most famous for their nests, but mice, squirrels, insects, frogs, alligators, turtles, and even fish build nests of different kinds.

Bird nests are the most familiar to backyard observers. Even these can have a great variety. Some nests look like just a pile of sticks; others are highly detailed, teardrop-shaped baskets. Many birds construct bowl-shaped nests, as pictured in this drawing guide.

Other bird drawing tutorials:

Did you know? Hummingbird nests are the smallest (see easy hummingbird drawing instructions). They are held together using sticky spider webs, are less than an inch wide, and weigh only a few grams. The nest of a large eagle, by contrast, could be nearly seven feet wide and weigh over a ton!

When you see a backyard bird picking up twigs and grasses in its beak, it is most likely building a nest.

If you have a pine cone (learn to draw a pine cone) and some ribbon or string, you can be a part of the process. Wrap the string loosely around the scales of the pine cone, and use a ribbon to suspend it from a tree branch. In the spring, you may find that local birds decorate their nests with your brightly colored string!

Would you like to draw a bird's nest? This easy, step-by-step nature drawing guide is here to help.

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 Bird Skull

The bird's skull is made up of five parts: the top of the head, or frontal area; the back of the head, or parietal area; the premaxillary and nasal areas of the top beak; and the mandible or bottom beak.

The bones of birds are very light, with the skull comprising only about 1 percent of the total body weight. This adaptation keeps birds light enough to fly.

The most common place to see an illustration of a bird's skull is in the scientific literature. Before the advent of gene sequencing, researchers often compared the skeletal anatomy of animals to determine how they were related to one another. The artist and naturalist John James Audobon kept a collection of preserved birds from which he painted highly realistic depictions.

One of the most memorable instances of a bird's skull in cartoons occurs in the animated film How to Train Your Dragon. The young Viking maiden Astrid's garments are adorned with numerous small white bird skulls.

Birds were once deified in many cultures. They could be considered sacred, the messengers of the gods, or harbingers of evil. One myth in Appalachian North America held that if a pregnant woman looked into the eye of a dead bird, her child would not survive.

Would you like to draw a bird skull? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw Snoopy – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

The beloved comic and cartoon character Snoopy first appeared in Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts newspaper comic in 1950. He is the pet beagle of Charlie Brown, and his other friends include a small yellow bird named Woodstock, as well as Franklin, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, and Sally. He loves a circus dog named Fifi.

Snoopy is no ordinary dog. He writes novels that are never published, and imagines himself in a number of personalities, including college student Joe Cool and the World War I Flying Ace who frequently battles the Red Barron. In his dreams, his doghouse becomes an airplane known as the Sopwith Camel.

Snoopy has been seen in nearly 3,000 different newspapers in 75 countries. Snoopy's dialogue has been translated into 21 languages. Although new Peanuts comics have not been produced since 2000, reprints of past adventures continue to be published in nearly every U.S. newspaper. Numerous animated movies featuring this candid canine have been produced, the most recent being The Peanuts Movie (2015). In 2002, TV Guide named Snoopy and Charlie Brown together as 8th in their "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time."

Would you like to draw Snoopy? Doing so is easier than ever with this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. This easy drawing guide uses simple shapes, lines, and shading to create a finished drawing. All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to have colored pencils, crayons, paints, or markers handy to color your finished drawing. Soon, Snoopy will have a starring role in your own brand of comics.

If you're ready to be the star of the show, it's time to draw an easy guitar.

How to Draw a Pony – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

pony is a small horse, often stocky in its build. The word "pony" is derived from the French word poulenet, meaning "young horse." Typically, a horse is considered to be a pony if it is less than 14.2 hands, or 58 inches, high at the ridge of the shoulder blade, called the withers.

The pony's small size is due in part to the harsh environments its wild ancestors inhabited. After domestication, ponies were given many jobs. They are used for riding, pulling carts or wagons, and in competitions. Historically, their small size allowed them to be used in mines and other cramped spaces. Sometimes, ponies were the preferred mounts for children, especially of the rich.

Horses and ponies have been subjects of art since the Stone Age. Cave paintings depict the animal, and it has been included throughout history in scenes of warfare, recreation, and sport. While the use of the horse in art may have declined because it is no longer an integral part of the culture of industrialized nations - it has been replaced by the motor vehicle - ponies still hold their own in children's literature and animation. For example, the My Little Pony franchise has been delighting children with toys, television series, and animated films since 1981.

Would you like to draw your very own pony? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a good eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to color your pony.

How to Draw a Bird

Throughout the world, there are approximately 10,000 different species of birds. Birds are common sights in our backyards, and in our art as well.

Over the centuries, various bird species have been used in art to represent freedom, peace, wisdom, and a whole range of human emotions.

Would you like to be able to draw your very own flying bird? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

You will not need any special tools, only a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pen or pencil. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and have some tools on hand with which to color your finished drawing, such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

Each step is illustrated using a detailed picture. New lines added in each step are highlighted in blue, whereas lines from past steps are shown in black.

Be sure to sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early lines, called guide lines.

Whatever the bird means to you, you are now ready to draw one.

How to Draw a Koi Fish – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

Koi are a large, colorful variety of the fish known as the carp. In fact, the Japanese word koi means "carp." Most carp are brown or grey in color, but in Japan, the brightly colored fish are designated with the name nishikigoi, or "brocaded carp." A brocade is a woven fabric with a colorful design which the fish are said to resemble.

Since ancient times, at least since the fifth century B.C., carp were domesticated and raised as a source of food. Over 1,000 years ago in China, breeders began to select for natural color variations, enhancing these as time went by. The result? Beautifully colored ornamental fish as we see them today.

Around the world, many people enjoy the hobby of keeping koi as well as their distant cousin, the goldfish. Another Japanese word, also pronounced koi, means "love," and serious collectors certainly love their koi fish. Some keepers join koi enthusiast clubs, and the fish themselves at times cost hundreds of dollars each.

Images of koi fish have long been featured in Japanese art. Today, they remain a popular subject of photography, paintings, clothing designs, and adult coloring books.

Would you like to draw your very own koi fish? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a good eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, paints, or markers to shade your finished fish.

How to Draw a Frog – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

In this really easy drawing tutorial you will learn to draw a simple Frog.

Frogs and toads hold a sometimes confusing place in the animal kingdom. Some people think they are reptiles, like snakes, lizards, and turtles, but they are not. They are actually amphibians, which means they have slimy skin with no scales, lay eggs, and spend much of their time in the water.

Sometimes, young frogs are even confused with fish. Why? Because frogs lay their soft, squishy eggs in lakes, ponds, or even water caught in puddles or large leaves. When the young frogs - called tadpoles - hatch from their eggs, they look nothing like their parents. They have no legs, but rather a long tail for swimming. As they grow, tiny legs become visible, and eventually the tail disappears.

Kermit the Frog is one of the most famous frogs ever drawn. He was created in 1955 by puppeteer Jim Henson for such television shows as Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

Would you like to draw your very own frog? Doing so is easier than ever with this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You will need to remove some lines as you go along, so have an eraser handy. What color will you make your frog? Use any tools you like - colored pencils, paints, markers, or crayons - to shade your completed frog drawing.

Are you ready? If so, get hopping and draw your frog!

How to Draw a Lion Head

The lion, native to Africa, is the second largest cat in the world. It lives and hunts in groups called prides, and is famous for its bushy mane and mighty roar.

Since ancient times, lions have been symbols of strength, nobility, and royalty. Lion iconography appears in the Bible and depictions of lions are common in ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, and Assyrian architecture.

Many ancient religions worshipped lion-like deities. Lions were also a part of medieval heraldry, appearing in coats of arms, on shields and banners.

Today, the lion is still known as the "king of the jungle" or the "king of beasts," featuring in art and literature.

One of the most famous depictions of lions in animation is Disney's The Lion King. Others include the classic anime film Kimba the White Lion, Alex the lion from Dreamwork's Madagascar, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Leo the Lion mascot. Sports teams around the world have adopted the lion as well.

Would you like to draw a cartoon lion? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide can show you how.

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

How to Draw a Lion

The African lion (Panthera leo) is known for being a majestic animal, often called King of the Jungle. Lions are very large in size, reaching lengths of nearly ten feet and weighing as much as 420 pounds. Cartoon movies such as Kimba, the White Lion (1966) and Disney's The Lion King (1994) have made drawings of maned lions quite popular.

Would you like to draw your very own cartoon lion? Now you can, by following this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a pen, pencil or marker. You may want to use an eraser along with your pencil to correct any mistakes. If you wish to color your finished drawing using crayons, colored pencils, or markers, feel free to do so.

In each step of this drawing guide, new lines made in that step are highlighted in blue. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. You will be erasing some of your early lines, called guide lines, as you go along.