Draw a large oval and three smaller ovals in a paw print pattern within each foot.
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 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.
Draw three successively smaller circles within each other inside each eye spot. Shade the area around the smallest circle. Draw three ovals at the tip of each forepaw to indicate fingers or claws.
Draw another oval on the other side, creating a mirror image.
Please PAUSE the “How to Draw a Panda (Sitting)” video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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.
Color the panda. Giant pandas typically have white faces and bellies, with black eye spots, ears, and paws.
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.
Each step of this simple drawing guide is accompanied by an illustration. In each illustration, new lines added during that step are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. You may want to sketch lightly first, as you will need to erase some of your early lines as you go along.
For the first few steps, don’t press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Draw a stick of bamboo in the panda’s paw. The bamboo consists of a series of narrow, rectangular shapes with rounded corners.
Draw an oval shape within each foot by enclosing the shape with a curved line.
Enclose another circular shape beneath the first using a long, curved line.
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.
Please PAUSE the “How to Draw a Panda” video after each step to draw at your own pace. 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 panda’s head.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just a guide. Step 2: Inside the circle, draw two intersecting lines. These lines will help you place the panda’s facial features later. Step 3: On the bottom half of the main circle, draw a smaller circle as a guide for the panda’s muzzle.
Step 4: Draw two arcs on top of the head as guides for the panda’s ears. Step 5: Draw two circles on the left side of the head as guides for the panda’s body. Draw only a portion of the first circle since it sits behind the head.
Pay close attention to the placement of the circles.
[TESTING STICKY VIDEO PLAYER. THE VIDEO IS PLAYING AT THE TOP.]
Draw two lines between the ovals, curving in opposite directions.
Draw the arms using a series of curved lines. For each arm, extend a curved line from the head and across the stomach, doubling back on itself. Use a short, curved line to draw the underside of the arm.
If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Hello Kitty, Spider Web with Spider, and Cartoon Bear.
Draw ears by enclosing a half circle on each side of the head. Use one curved line for each ear.
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) lives in the remote mountain forests of China. Panda are famous for their unique black and white coloration as well as their appetite for bamboo.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon panda? Now you can, by following this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct any mistakes, and crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
Draw a curved line extending from the top of the oval, passing outside the shape and across the bottom, and returning to the top.
Draw two large ovals across the face to form the eye spots. Draw the nose using an irregular oval. Draw a curved line beneath the nose, and connect it to the nose using another curved line.