Cheetahs are the smallest of Africa’s big cats – weighing between 70 and 150 pounds – but their claim to fame is not in their size, but in their speed. Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal, having been clocked at speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour.
Cheetahs have played a role in human culture for millennia. Ancient Egyptian and Sumerian artwork depict tamed cheetahs on leashes. Cheetahs were a favorite palace pet for Egyptian royalty, and they were also used for hunting. This tradition continued in Asia and the Middle East, with hunting cheetahs being trained to ride horses behind their human counterparts.
The depiction of cheetahs in artwork continued in medieval and renaissance Europe. For example, a painting of Greek deities from the 1500’s employs a pair of cheetahs in pulling a chariot. In modern popular culture, cartoon cheetahs have made appearances in films such as The Lion King (1994). Perhaps the most famous cartoon cheetah is Chester Cheetah, the mascot for Cheetos brand snack foods.
Would you like to draw your own sprinting cheetah? Doing so is easy with this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil and a piece of paper. In each step, add the highlighted blue lines shown in the accompanying illustrations. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black.
You may wish to use an eraser to remove guide lines and correct mistakes. Colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints can be used to shade your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cheetah
Draw the ear using two curved lines that meet in a point. Detail the inside of the ear using a series of short, curved lines.
Draw the far foreleg, beginning with a curved line from the neck to the previous foreleg. Then, draw the lower part of the leg using two curved lines, overlapping to form the toes.
Draw dots just above the mouth, and extend curved lines from them. These are the cheetah’s whiskers.
Continue drawing spots along the body and forelegs. Some of the spots can be dots, others spirals, and still others a dot surrounded by a spiral. These represent a type of spot called a rosette.
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