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How to Draw a Cute Animal Face

Updated on June 26, 2013

Yes, Even You Can Learn to Draw a Cute Animal Face

Over the years, I have been able to teach just about anyone to draw. I cannot remember one student who couldn't learn to draw something - IF they would put a bit of work into it and really try.

The same is true of most people who claim they have absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever. Truth is, I have yet to meet one person who didn't have some raw talent for drawing.

This drawing tutorial is designed for those folks who think they have no talent.

These drawings are designed to be very, very easy to replicate. If you can draw a simple round shape - it doesn't even have to be called a circle - then you can draw these cute animal faces.

Notice that cute animal faces have some very similar characteristics. Very large eyes, small mouths and noses, and large heads. If you look at a puppy or a kitten, you can see what I'm talking about. Keep this in mind as we go through the tutorial.

Why Learn to Draw a Cute Animal Face?

That's a really good question. If there are children in your life, imagine what a simply drawn face on a letter or card would mean to them. Imagine sitting down with a child and teaching them to draw a simple cute animal face.

I have done it many times. Kids believe that drawing is magic - especially when they discover they can create something. I don't know about you, but for me, that look of amazed accomplishment in a child's eyes is reason enough to take a few minutes learn this.

I've made this a very easy thing to do if you follow along with the step-by-step tutorial.

I'm only going to show you one drawing, the Panda Bear.

So grab a pencil, some paper and let's begin...


Step 1: Draw a Circle

SO simple - your circle doesn't have to be perfectly round.

Any circle will do.

Just draw it!

Step 2: More Circles

Inside the large circle, draw 3 smaller oval type shapes.

Two on the top are a bit smaller and more oval-shaped than the one circle in the bottom center.

Step 3: Yes, Even More Circles

Within the top 2 oval-shaped circles, simply draw two smaller round circles.

Step 4: These Are the Last Circles - I Promise!

Inside the circles you drew in Step 3, draw two slightly smaller circles.

Fill in these smaller circles but leave a small round area open at the top left of each one.

Step 5: Add Some Shading

Add some shading inside the larger oval-shaped circles.

This will make the drawing look more like a Panda.

Step 6: Add the Mouth and Nose

Inside the lower circle, draw a triangle shape pointing downward.

Next, draw two curved lines moving down and away from the center of the triangle's point.

Add three dots on each side for whiskers.


Step 7: Final Touches

Finally, add two semi-circular shapes to either side of the head.

Shade them in as dark as possible.

These are the Panda's ears.

SO, there you have it - a simply drawn Panda that you can draw anywhere.

Remember that drawing can be rather frustrating at times. If you keep at it, you will get better with every drawing.

The trick is to keep doing it.

A FInal Word About Drawing and Art

It wasn't that long ago in history that just about everybody studied and even practiced some sort of art. Over the years, people seem to have relegated art to the "back of the bus." It seems that art and creative endeavors have all but disappeared in the minds and lives of most people.

That is really rather sad because art, and the practice of creating, is a very important part of the human experience. I challenge you to make a concentrated effort to bring art into your everyday life - and make it a part of the lives of children around you.

As I mentioned earlier, showing a young child to master a simple drawing like the Panda in this tutorial can be like magic. As a teacher of art, I have seen the light in a child's eyes when they are able to master a simple drawing like this.

It was that very thing that inspired me to become an artist. My mother encouraged me from a very young age. I would spend hours and hours practicing, getting better. I mastered the craft and made it my life's work - all from that first, magical moment that someone told me I was good at something.

Do that for a child in your life today.

Best of luck with your drawing!


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    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Easy, right? Now go make some magic with a kid!

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, KKG! Glad you liked it.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      These are so cute.

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      DDE - pretty easy, right?

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible and looks so cute

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Hezekiah - that was my intention precisely! Glad to be of help - have fun and spread it around! Thanks for the comment.

    • Hezekiah profile image


      5 years ago from Japan

      I am terrible at drawing faces, even animals so my daughter laughes at my drawings. This guide is usefull to improve my art and show off.


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