Drawing a cartoon elephant like this one is a really easy task – especially with some ‘shapely’ planning first!
It’s pretty amazing how adding just a few basic shapes can still end up with a result that is unique, enjoyable and visually appealing. Of course, adding a bright red color also helps into turning these solid shapes into a cute cartoon crab.
With drawing, anything is possible! Animals can talk, dinosaurs walk the earth… and yes – pigs can fly!
Drawing a cartoon rabbit is easy to do when you start with some simple shapes – all circles! Check it out.
Draw a funny cartoon character that resembles a sloth. Can you make yours look different?
Learn how to draw a simple cartoon gecko. Change the color and pattern to define it as ‘leopard’ or ‘day’.
Looking for tutorials on how to draw cartoon animals made from simple shapes? Good news! You can now learn how to draw all the farm animals, wild animals, insects and sea animals you love using all drawing tutorials available on this page.
Look at the final illustration from the dog tutorial. See how the dog looks calm and adorable since it is mostly drawn using long and perfect curved lines? Well, the funny thing is that this cartoon animal was built mostly with rectangles and squares. If you look at the fourth step, you don’t see too many circles and oval shapes!
Charge into this cartoon drawing lesson and learn how to draw a cute-looking rhinoceros.
This one is pretty interesting. You can see that you can create perspective only by placing the back legs slightly higher (and more on the left) compared to the front ones. No need to change anything else on the body or the head to get the desired effect.
Super agile – nocturnal – loves figs!… lives in Costa Rica… let’s draw a Kinkajou (aka Honey Bear)!
Cartoon lions! Cartoon tigers! Cartoon bears! Who doesn’t love cartoon animals?
Although these drawing lessons are quite easy to achieved, they can be a little bit difficult if you don’t have much experience at drawing. Here are a few tips to help you reproduce these cartoon animals more easily.
Take your cartoon cats a step further by learning how the same ‘cat framework’ can yield many different cats!
When drawing a cartoon jellyfish – it’s all about… the eyes! Makes it all the more fun.
Check it out. Fourteen circles is all it takes to draw a simple, cute! cartoon panda. Create one of your own.
Learn how to draw a simple ‘compact’ cartoon whale. Change it to look how you like!
Before taking a look at a few examples, let’s take a minute or two to learn more about these cute cartoon animals. All characters in this series are drawn using a specific recipe that I will try to explain below …
Ready to draw some basic shapes? Excellent! The first animal we can draw is this cute puppy. We can draw cartoon animals using complex lines, or create fun characters just by assembling a few basic shapes. Let’s go for the latter! The head is made from a large oval shape and the body from a tiny rectangle.
In this animal drawing lesson, learn how to draw your very own, colorful cartoon chameleon.
These illustrations are not filled with shadows, highlights and complex digital effects. However, you might have to draw simple shadows on a few occasions. For instance, the shadow located between the head and the body of this pig is needed to separate both shapes. Otherwise, the illustration would be confusing and hard to read.
Learning how to draw a fish – simple and cartoony like this Rainbow Trout — is easy to do!
In this lesson, learn how to draw a neat-looking cartoon animal meerkat, straight out of Africa.
Also note are both pupils are very close to each other in the colored version. Centering both pupils inside each eye won’t give a good result. Instead, you must move both pupils towards the middle of the eyes to end up with an adorable character.
See your drawing abilities take flight as you create a simple cartoon drawing of a butterfly!
Babies have big heads and big eyes. And with respect to drawing, the same can go for a ‘baby dog’.
Let’s draw a cool-looking take, on everyone’s favorite – deep sea dweller… a clownfish!
Another fish-focused lesson… here – let’s draw a unique-looking cartoon jack.
Drawing a cartoon kangaroo is fairly simple. Here, let’s draw a mother… a baby in her pouch.
How do you want your cartoon giraffe to look? A simple, curved line gets the job done quite nicely.
I really like to draw cartoon animals that should look terrifying into simple and adorable versions that everyone will love. This is definitely the case with this cartoon shark. All the features you are looking for can be found here … sharp teeth, a menacing fin and a strong body are all elements that should be scary or at least visually intimidating.
Some time ago, we talked about drawing a sea turtle. The time has come… draw one here!
In this section, I will show you how to determine what are the physical uniqueness of each animal and how to work with them. Then, you can practice drawing each cartoon character using basic shapes.
Through the process of bioluminescense – this cartoon firefly attracts a mate and food as well!
Here, draw a cute and simple rabbit – one that’s composed of quick, “sketchy” lines.
Of all the cartoon animals, bears are among the easiest to draw. Grizzlies, polars – you name it!
Don’t search for triangles, squares or rectangles here … only circles are needed! Yes, it is possible to represent a simple insect like a caterpillar by using only a few circular shapes. All you need to add are a few lines to form the mouth, create the legs and sketch the antennas. A slight perspective is even created by playing with the orientation of the body.
So what’s so grrrrrrrrrreat about this drawing lesson? Tigers of course! Draw a striped cat of your own.
Most of these cartoon animals are not filled with complex textures or digital effects. In this case, the subject is filled with plain colors and only a few basic details (inside the tail) were added.
Learn how to draw a male lion, standing – and with a full mane.
Often referred to as the ‘most dangerous animal in Africa’ – this happy cartoon hippo is anything but.
Eyes, pupils, the nose and even the ears are mostly made from circles and oval shapes. The mouth is drawn using a large curved line and the tail from a tiny triangle. You can clearly see the best tips to draw the most adorable character possible: just draw large eyes, a large head and a tiny body. That’s it! 🙂
Drawing angry cartoon animals also mean that you will have to work with a lot of squares and rectangles. For this bulldog, a few sharp triangles are also required on the collar!
Don’t hesitate to go one step further and draw shadows, highlights or create nice textures inside these illustrations. Another interesting exercise would be to create more animals (not found here) using a similar style. Possibilities are endless!
Even more interesting is the fact that only two large circles (for the body and the head) and two small ones (for the eyes) are required to create the animal. All four legs are made from a tiny rectangle.
Some features that you don’t want to miss are the proboscis that is made from a long rectangle and all six arms that are attached to the upper part of the body.
Learn how to draw a cartoon wooly mammoth. First, sketch in the lines. Second, creatively detail the ‘wool’.
Drawing a cartoon snail like this one, is both simple and quick. At your own speed — draw one!
You can have a lot of fun with a character like this one. Indeed, don’t hesitate to try new patterns on the shell, try different postures or change the view of the illustration.
But I’m pretty sure the Saturday morning cartoons had something to with it too! 🙂
Actually, it resembles all of them… and other animals too!
This little guy just can’t wait to jump all over the place! In this simple drawing lesson, draw a simple frog.
For example, think about what a horse looks like for a second.
Learn to draw an elephant in this simple cartoon drawing lesson. Decide upon a unique color scheme.
Learning how to draw a manatee really is easy due to their simple basic shape. Do so here!
All animals from this collection are drawn with big beautiful eyes made from perfect circles. Pupils are also huge to increase the level of cuteness found in these characters. Notice how eyes are almost touching each other near the middle of the head.
All previous lessons were just a few examples of what to expect from cartoon animals found in this series. You will have the opportunity to work with a few farm animals and insects that are made from simple elements and mostly filled with plain colors.
In this lesson, create your very own unique-looking chipmunk character – guarding a stash of acorns..
In this sea-creature-focused lesson, let’s tackle one of the tastiest crustaceans – a shrimp!
Another reptilian cartoon animal – learn to draw a customizeable snake!
In this first tutorial, you can learn how to draw a fun turkey mostly made from small rectangles and large circular shapes. The posture of the character is really interesting. Not only is it easier to draw than a front version, but it’s also easier to add some perspective (as we can see with the legs). The fact that we just need to draw one wing is also interesting.
In this cartoon animals lesson, learn how to draw a simple cartoon crab. Come up with a unique color combo!
Unfortunately, this is probably the exception. You can draw cartoon animals using a few basis shapes, but creating a fun and lovable character with just squares can become problematic (it’s feasible, but will it be adorable and appealing? Not always!).
Here in this lesson, let’s draw a simple side-view of a wolf. Change up the color pattern, to make it more unique.
Indeed, it’s hard to tell whether the head is made from a circle that is slightly rectangular or a rectangle that is not quite circular. Once thing is sure, study this shape carefully is you want to create cute animals that are similar to the ones found in these tutorials.
Let’s draw a simple panda bear character – one seen from its side in the standing position.
Some characters might be more challenging to illustrate. For example, the wings of the bat are made from pointed oval shapes. They can be done using a mix of two or three basic shapes, but you can also use your creativity to end up with something slightly different. It’s up to you!
Drawing cartoon animals like this sheep is pretty straight-forward. Head, body, legs… and lots of wool!
Practice as much as needed. Try to draw using your own style!
One of my all-time favorite creatures to draw… a shark – and a ‘Great White’ at that!
Learn how to draw this prehistoric feline. Imagine and draw a saber tooth tiger!
Draw a variegated cartoon squirrel… change up the colors to make yours unique to you.
We can draw cartoon animals using rectangles, squares and circles … but triangles? Well, we are not talking about perfect triangles here, but rather curved lines that are assembled like triangles! That’s the beauty of working with this adorable hedgehog. Not only is it a simple animal to draw, but you also get the opportunity to try various shapes not found in most characters from this series.
Don’t draw characters that you are comfortable with. Try to sketch the ones that are tough and difficult. It’s the best technique to improve your abilities!
This was a fun lesson. The jaguar/panther you see – is based on how the animal may look (or not even close!), 1000 years from now.
Don’t hesitate to practice as often as needed and feel free to draw more animals on your own. You can either try to create new characters or simply modify the ones found below using your own style.
Cute? Yes. But don’t forget… he’s still the King of the Jungle and all the cartoon animals!
Of course, it’s also important to draw simple and beautiful patches on the shell to make sure that this cartoon turtle remains easily recognizable. Use a bright green color on the skin and a darker one for the shell and the large patches. You can also try to illustrate this turtle from a side view if you are looking for a simple (but still quite rewarding) challenge.
Draw another frog – and again… red-eyed like the first one. Just love this type!
This is the case with the duck. If you don’t sketch the perfect beak, then this animal could look like a chicken or a simple unknown bird. Sure, the color and the shape of the feet are also easily recognizable, but since we are working with basic characters, then simple mistakes can be fatal.
I don’t know how it happened – but this drawing of a walrus, ended up looking like a pug!
Drawing dogs is tons of fun. Here, learn how to draw a dog that most resembles a Great Dane.
In this lesson, draw a cartoon monkey of your very own – one that appears to have gone completely bananas!
The opposite can also be true. You could turn a cute little bunny into the most terrifying character of all time. That’s the beauty of working with cartoon images … anything can happen! 😉
I also like this great cartoon mosquito for the large eyes that we can see on top of the head of the character. Rarely can you see cartoon animals that are made from eyes that are larger than the head! For this drawing lesson, be prepared to sketch a lot of circles and oval shapes!
Drawing a koala is really easy. Here, draw two similar koalas – both mother and baby.
Learn how to draw a simple and sleepy-looking, cartoon ladybug. Change it up a little, and it’s a beetle!
In this lesson, use only a circle and a cross to create a simple, generic cartoon fish.
Inside the pupils, feel free to draw two small oval shapes to form reflection. It’s a simple step that can give a lot more personality to these cartoon characters.
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Take your cartoon dogs a step further by learning how the same ‘dog framework’ can yield many different dogs!
Take your time and make sure all basic shapes are properly drawn!
Some characters like the shark are pretty easy to recognize. They have so many unique features to sketch that even if you miss a couple of them, you can end up with a realistic character (by the way, did you see the gills inside our friendly shark above?). Other animals are not that simple. If you don’t draw one particular body part correctly, you are done!
Another rainforest-focused cartoon animal drawing lesson, here – learn how to draw a cute-looking sloth, hanging to the side of a tree.
Horses – just like cows, stand upright on four legs and they’re about the same size too. Also, the head and tail are in about the same basic position.
Create a neat-looking cartoon possum. Add grey and pink to make it look even better!
Learn to draw a cartoon giraffe – a pattern similar to one you’d see in the wild.
Only the legs are slightly more challenging to draw. Otherwise, it’s a pretty fun cartoon animal to work with if you want a basic illustration to work on …
The sitting puppy we saw earlier is a pretty common posture in this series. For this example on how to draw cartoon animals, let’s work with a turtle drawn in a different position. As you can see in the first step, the head is lower than the body (not much, but still quite lower). Eyes are round and made from huge circles. All four legs are easy to read on both sides of the animal
So far you have learned how to draw cartoon animals that were fun and easy to sketch. The good news is that even more characters are available for you to enjoy! Indeed, lots of tutorials featuring all the farm animals, wild animals, sea animals and insects you love can be found below.
Learn how to draw a simple cartoon polar bear in yet another creature-geared lesson.
A “monster” cartoon whale shark drawing, seeing how it has those big, razor sharp teeth!?
Learn how to draw a colorful exotic-looking green iguana. Switch up the colors for a spin of your own!
Learn to draw a horse first, and drawing a cow later on will actually seem pretty simple.
Drawing a cartoon seahorse like this one is super easy when you know what one looks like. Yup… a horse!
Using a rather unique approach, learn how to draw a fierce ‘great white-style’ cartoon shark.
This time, why not work on a basic crab using only circles and triangles? Once again, this is a pretty simple cartoon animal. This is a good example to help you realize that you can draw cartoon animals that are easy to read (and to recognize) only by adding a few basic shapes. Although the creature is not filled with details and textures, this one is definitely loaded with a strong personality.
Here’s a fun one. Create a neat-looking fish cartoon – based on a yellow fin tuna.
When it comes to drawing cartoon animals. You may have noticed that many animals actually look quite similar to one another. Well, this helps a lot when it comes to drawing them…
Here, learn how to draw your own cartoon cows. After, attempt the horse drawing lesson using the same method.
Learning how to draw cartoon animals from the farm is not such a difficult task! We’ve grown up surrounded by them! Farm animals are everywhere: In blockbuster movies, child’s books, greeting cards… their shapes and images are printed in our minds!
This is not a race! Take your time, draw each basic shape carefully and make sure everything is aligned properly. Once this is done, create the outlines carefully and add all details once the shape of your character is finished. Check each step to make sure you did not forget a step or an important element.
You will have the opportunity to make nice illustrations, practice sketching and cartooning using short easy lessons and complete your creation using a drawing software to create vector art if you want to! Cartoon drawing is really fun once you get into it!
Learn how to draw a very simple cartoon rat. Generic as it may be – take yours to another level!
A few designs are also drawn with a similar posture. Once you can draw the dog, illustrating the cat, the dachshund, the chihuahua, the fox and even the frog should be quite easy. Others like the gorilla and the monkey might look similar at first, but if you look closely you will see that there are a few differences.
The shape of the body is also visually interesting. Just like the head, it’s hard to associate this part of the character with a basic shape like a circle or a rectangle. Don’t forget that all elements are filled with plain (and saturated) colors.
The second kangaroo lesson on this page – draw a refined, slicker, *better* version, of the first one!
Let’s draw an eight-legged deep-sea dweller. Come up with a unique cartoon octopus!
So far we tried a dog that was in a sitting position, a turtle crawling on its chest, a crab with six legs and a caterpillar capable of wearing tons of shoes. This time, let’s play with a standard animal walking on its four legs. This horse is slightly more challenging because the shape of the body is pretty irregular. As you can see below, the size of the head is almost the same as the size of the body.
In this lesson, draw a cartoon wolf of your very own – one that appears to have gone completely bananas!
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Well, time to put it to the test and draw some cartoon animals of your own! Select a cartoon animal lesson from the list below and begin!
Learn how to draw a deadly (but cute!) cobra snake, one that’s poised and ready to strike.
Similar to the elephant before, learn how to draw a cartoon moose – one that’s looking at you straight on.
Saddle up and gallop into a brand new cartoon animal drawing lesson – draw your very own cartoon horse!
Ever since I was a kid, drawing animals has always been a favorite. A lot of it had to do with the many pets I had growing up.
Known to be tricky, drawing one is completely the opposite. Learn how to draw an odd-look ingcartoon fox.
Let’s conclude this part of the tutorial by working on a very basic character: a simple chicken drawn using just an oval shape. This little shape contains two dots for the eyes, two small oval shapes to represent the beak and a few curved lines to create the wing. Some hair is visible on top of the character as well as behind it.
Don’t be afraid to try until you get it right. This method is really simple, but requires practice and observation. So, sit back and relax. Learn how to draw animals from the farm and start your journey on a good note!
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Here’s a fun “ocean-focused” tutorial… learn how to draw a cute-looking, jumping, cartoon orca (killer whale)!
It’s everyone’s favorite friendly creature of the sea! Learn how to draw a cartoon dolphin with character!
Learn how to draw a cute cartoon cat – similar to the ‘Ragdoll’ variety.
Learn how to draw another creature of the sea… a cute little cartoon squid.
The rest of the lesson is pretty standard. A few oval shapes are needed to form the head, the body, the nose and the eyes. A single line is used to illustrate the mouth of the creature. The back legs are mostly made from curved lines.
A cute snake!? Who ever heard of such a thing? I did! And I drew it here. And now, you can draw one too!
It is important to draw all the features of a character without forgetting a single detail. The cheetah and the tiger are quite similar. If you don’t draw the patches correctly, the result can be confusing and hard to recognize.
See what different shapes, patterns and colors you can come up with as you learn to draw unique dragonflies.
This lesson is slightly more complex than all previous ones. Indeed, the area near the head and the face can be pretty busy in some of these steps. The nose, the eyes, the cheeks, the pupils and the collar are all elements that must be drawn properly if you want to end up with a terrifying bulldog like the one found below.
Using a darker color for elements that are located behind the character is a simple tip that you can use to create some depth. This technique is simple and reliable.
Here, create a cute little raccoon character – one that’s sitting in an upright position.
A cute little cartoon turtle just for you. In only a few very simple steps, have one all for yourself!
Here, draw a ferocious leopard seal – one that lives in Antarctica, and feeds on penguins! 😮
Learn how to draw cute cartoon character, crossover between a tiger and a panda bear.
Drawing cartoon animals like this crocodile is simple when you use the ‘shish kabob style’ technique!
Because animals of different kinds can look similar in many ways, it becomes easier to draw cartoon animals when you know how to draw others that are similar.
Here’s another lesson focused on drawing cats. Have some fun as you bring your own unique cat to life!
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Proceed with caution!! Learn how to draw two different spiders, one cute – the other SCARY!!
Learn how to draw a funny cartoon catfish. Notice the similarities to other fish lessons here on the site.
Learn how to draw a vibrant Blue Morpho cartoon butterfly – straight out of the rain forests, of Costa Rica!
In this section of the site, you’ll be able to work on and improve your cartoon animal drawing skills, drawing all sorts of different creatures from throughout the animal kingdom.
Deer, giraffes and even elephants also fit the profile when it comes to drawing cartoon animals.
Draw a cute and generic cartoon lizard. Get creative and turn yours into… a gecko? Bearded dragon!!?
Learn how to draw a cartoonified praying mantis. See if you can stylize yours differently.
Here’s a neat take on a very famous African animal… learn to create a cool zebra drawing.
A simple perspective effect is created with the color of all legs. Indeed, the ones in front are brighter while legs located on the back of the animal are darker. If you feel like it, you can also add a few shadows below the head (as shown in the colored version).
Here, learn to draw a cartoon mouse, creating each part by working around in a clockwise direction.
So what’s all the buzz? Drawing a cartoon bee of course! Learn how to draw a bee of your very own.
Here, draw your very own otter cartoon – or a ferret – or a meerkat – or a prairie dog!
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It’s fun to draw a simple character and end up with an accurate result. It’s even more rewarding if you can create a complex character and end up with an honest result.
From an image of a real lobster – I’ve uniquely stylized a brand new cartoon one. Do the same here!
Remember that all tutorials on the site are created by someone (me!) with a unique and distinctive style. It is perfectly normal if you cannot achieved something 100% similar because you do have your own style. Your goal is to use these drawing lessons as a template to develop your own (and unique) style.
All cartoon animals are drawn with large eyes and pupils. If you can draw a circle, then you can draw all facial expressions of these simple designs. The mouth is created using a large curved line. This is the most simple technique you can find! 🙂
This basic animal is also interesting to work with. The body is made from a portion of an oval shape and the head is drawn using a weird curved line. Patches on the shell are pretty much all the same except for this cool distortion effect. Legs are short and the tip is made from curved lines too.