Intermediate

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 Princess

"And they lived happily ever after. The end."

Thus concludes countless children's stories. For centuries, the princess archetype has been held as a role model for women and girls - beautiful, graceful, kind, and courageous.

Disney has been perhaps the most influential element behind the princess in modern popular culture.

Disney's extensive lineup of princesses includes, Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937), Cinderella (Cinderella, 1950, 2015), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty, 1959), Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991, 2017) Jasmine (Aladdin, 1992) Rapunzel (Tangled, 2010) and many more.

Would you like to draw your own fairy tale princess? Doing so is easy with the help of this step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser.

If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, or glitter and glue, get them ready. Soon, your princess will be ready for the royal ball!

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 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 Cartoon Scientist

A scientist is a person "who conducts scientific research to advance knowledge in an area of interest."

The scientist in our drawing guide resembles Albert Einstein, one of the most famous scientists of the past century. He is known for his special theory of relativity.

The concept of a "mad scientist" is also familiar to many cartoons. Will your character be an evil genius or a groundbreaking researcher? The choice is yours.

Would you like to draw a cartoon scientist? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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 Ninja

Ninjas were spies and warriors during the feudal era of Japan, possibly dating back as far as the 12th century. Modern popular culture has adopted the ninja archetype as a symbol of stealth, strength, and wisdom.

Ninja cartoon characters are both common and popular in Japanese anime and manga. Outside of their native land, ninjas have appeared in cartoons and comic books such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spider-man's villain, the White Ninja. Ninjas have also made appearances in the series Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Mighty Morphing Power Rangers.

Would you like to draw your very own cartoon ninja? 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, and colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints to shade your finished picture.

As you follow the steps in this simple drawing guide, you will notice that each step features both text and an illustration. In each picture, lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black, while lines to be added in the current step are highlighted in blue. Some steps will require you to erase lines drawn in previous steps.

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 Reindeer

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.

How to Draw a Cartoon Wolf

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.