How to Draw a Cartoon Panda

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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.

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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.

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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Hello Kitty, Spider Web with Spider, and Cartoon Bear.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Panda

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 1

Begin by drawing an oval.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 2

Draw a curved line extending from the top of the oval, passing outside the shape and across the bottom, and returning to the top.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 3

Enclose another circular shape beneath the first using a long, curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 4

Draw ears by enclosing a half circle on each side of the head. Use one curved line for each ear.

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How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 5

Erase the guide lines formed by the original oval.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 6

Draw a half circle within each ear, using a curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 7

Draw an oval overlapping the lower circle.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 8

Draw another oval on the other side, creating a mirror image.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 9

Erase the guide lines from within the ovals.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 10

Draw two lines between the ovals, curving in opposite directions.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 11

Erase the guide lines from between the ovals.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 12

Draw a large oval in the middle of the figure.

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How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 13

Draw an oval shape within each foot by enclosing the shape with a curved line.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 14

Draw a large oval and three smaller ovals in a paw print pattern within each foot.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 15

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 16

Erase the guide lines from within the arms.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 17

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 18

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.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 19

Draw a stick of bamboo in the panda’s paw. The bamboo consists of a series of narrow, rectangular shapes with rounded corners.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 20

Erase the guide line from within the bamboo.

How to Draw Cartoon Panda: Step 21

Color the panda. Giant pandas typically have white faces and bellies, with black eye spots, ears, and paws.

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