In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Margay step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.
The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:
To draw this Margay step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
The 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 circle on the right side of the paper as a guide for the front part of the margay's body. First make four small marks to indicate the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a small, circular object like a coin or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: To the left, draw a circle of similar size as a guide for the back portion of the cat's body. Place this circle higher and far away from the first one to make the margay's body long.
Step 3: On the right side, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the margay's head. This circle should be about half the size of the first circle. The edges of these two circles should touch and almost overlap.
Step 4: Draw a horizontal line across the head to help you place the margay's facial features later. Add a vertical line on top.
Step 5: Draw a small circle on the bottom half of the head as a guide for the margay's muzzle. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the cat's head. The bottom should stick out of the head.