How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side Color

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Cheetah step-by-step.

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The Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:

To draw and color this Cheetah 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.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side Color 1

Step 1: Draw a circle on the left side of the paper as a guide for the front part of the cheetah'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.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 2

Step 2: To the right, draw a slightly smaller circle as a guide for the back portion of the body. Draw this circle using the four-marks method too. Don't draw the circles too close together or the cheetah's body will be too short.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 3

Step 3: On the top, left side of the first circle, draw a small circle as a guide for the head. Cheetahs have small heads relative to their bodies. This circle should be about one fourth the size of the first one. These circles should be close together with their edges almost touching.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 4

Step 4: Draw a horizontal line across the head to help you place the cheetah's facial features later. Draw a small, vertical line on the top, right side for another construction guide.

How to Draw a Cheetah Standing Side 5

Step 5: Draw a small circle on the bottom half of the head as a guide for the cheetah's muzzle. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the big cat's head. The bottom should stick out of the head.

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