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How to Draw a Jaguar

Easy, step by step Jaguar drawing tutorial
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The jaguar is a big cat native to Central and South America. It typically inhabits a tropical habitat, but sometimes this animal ranges as far north as the United States. An individual was known in Arizona from 2011 to 2016. It is the third-largest cat in the world; only the lion and tiger are larger. Its name means "real beast of prey" in the Tupi language.

Jaguars are not to be confused with their similarly spotted cousins, the leopard and cheetah. These smaller cats are native to Africa, while the jaguar lives in the Americas.

Jaguars have long played a role in popular culture. They featured prominently in the mythologies and art of many peoples in the Americas. A British luxury car brand uses the jaguar as its logo, and the cat is also the mascot of numerous sports teams. Jaguars also feature in children's stuffed animals and other merchandise.

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Would you like to draw a fearsome cartoon jaguar? This easy, step-by-step cartoon cat drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Snow Leopard, Lion, and Wolf.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Jaguar

Jaguar drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 01

1. Begin by drawing guide lines, which will help you to give your jaguar accurate proportions. Draw a large horizontal oval for the body and a small circle for the head. Draw two circles overlapping the body, indicating the location of the shoulder and hip.

Jaguar drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 02

2. Begin to flesh out the head of your jaguar. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to connect the head to the body, forming the furry neck. Use curved lines to outline the near ear, the top of the head, and the opposite ear. Detail the near ear with furry jagged lines. Enclose an irregular shape to form the nose, and use curved lines to outline the nose, the open mouth, the lower jaw, and the teeth.

Jaguar drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 03

3. Use a series of curved lines to draw the top of the neck, the back, and the rump. Notice the short, jagged lines that give a furry appearance when the line changes direction.

Jaguar drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 04

4. Draw the foreleg. Beginning at the guide line circle, outline the leg with a series of lines, noting the furry appearance. Use overlapping curved lines to distinguish the toes and paw.

Jaguar drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 05

5. Beginning at the remaining guide line circle, draw the rear leg. Again, use a series of curved lines to give the leg a furry appearance. Draw a jagged, furry line between the front and rear legs to indicate the belly. Finally, draw the far foreleg. Outline the leg using furry, jagged lines. Then, use overlapping curved lines to create the toes and paw.

Jaguar drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 06

6. Erase the guide lines to leave a clean outline of the big cat. Then, draw the remaining rear leg. Use long, curved lines and furry, jagged lines to outline the leg. Connect the lines at the paw using overlapping curved lines.

Jaguar drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 07

7. Draw the jaguar's tail. Use a long, curved line and double it back upon itself. Don't forget to add the furry texture in patches. Band the tip of the tail with a curved line.

Jaguar drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 08

8. Erase lines that overlap the tail. Then, draw the jaguar's eye and whiskers. Begin to enclose the irregular spots across the cat's face.

Jaguar drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 09

9. Fill the jaguar's coat with spots and splotches known as rosettes.

Complete Jaguar drawing
How to Draw a Jaguar Step 10

Color your cartoon jaguar. Jaguars are typically orange, yellow, or tan with black or brown spots. Some are black with even darker spots. These cats are often called black panthers, but are scientifically classed as the melanistic jaguar color morph.

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