Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Panda (Sitting)" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a big circle near the top of the page as a guide for the panda's head. First draw four small marks to indicate the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make mistake. But the circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. If you're having a hard time drawing the circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a lid or any other object with a circular edge.
Step 2: Draw two intersecting lines inside the head, one vertical and one horizontal. Curve the lines so that they contour to the shape of the circle. These are construction lines that will help you place the panda's facial features later on.
Step 3: Draw a small circle on the bottom half of the head as a guide for the panda's muzzle. The top of this circle should touch the construction line, and the bottom should touch the lower edge of the head.
Step 4: On top of the head, draw two small arcs as guides for the panda's ears. Pay attention to the size of the ears in relation to the head. Don't draw them too big.
Step 5: On the lower, left side of the head, draw two short, diagonal lines as guides for the panda's first arm. Then connect the lines using a curved line at the bottom. The guide should look like a tilted letter U. Draw a similar U-shaped line under the right side of the head as a guide for the other arm. The bottom part of these guides should be tilted away from the head. Pay attention to their size too.