In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw the head detail of a Red Kangaroo step-by-step.
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To draw this Kangaroo 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.
Below you can watch a Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Start by drawing circle as a guide for the red kangaroo's head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine its 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 circular object like a coin or a bottle cap. 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: Draw a long, horizontal line across the circle as a guide to help you place the kangaroo's facial features later. Curve the line so that it contours to the circle. Add a curved, vertical line that's closer to the right edge of the oval for another construction guide.
Step 3: On the bottom, right side, draw a long, curved line as a guide for the kangaroo's muzzle. This line should be similar to an upside-down arc. Make the arc wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. Pay attention to the size of this arc in relation to the circle.
Step 4: Inside the head, draw two small circles as guides for the kangaroo's eyes. Place the circles on top of the horizontal construction line and on either side of the vertical line. The circle on the right should be smaller because the head is turned. Inside the muzzle, near the top, draw a small, triangular shape as a guide for the nose. On top of the head, draw two tall arcs as guides for the ears. Kangaroos have big ears, so don't make these arcs too small. Under the head draw two short lines as guides for the neck.
That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a red kangaroo.
Step 5: Use the small circles inside the head as guides to draw the kangaroo's eyes. Darken the shapes but make the tops a bit shorter. Add a small, thin shape on top of teach eye for the eyelashes. Draw a short, curved line above the eyes for the eyelids.
Step 6: Inside the eyes, off to the sides, draw a few tiny circles for highlights. In the middle of each eye, draw a small circle and shade it in for the kangaroo's pupils. Don't overlap the tiny highlight circles as you shade the pupils. Add a few curved lines that are made up of short strokes around the eyes for fur.