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Whether you are a teacher or a student, our animal cell drawing guide is a perfect addition to your biology class. Students can become familiar with the parts of the cell as they draw the detailed diagram.
Organelles are already labeled for you. The best part is, our drawing tutorial makes learning fun!
Your body is made up of about 30 trillion eukaryotic cells, but these cells are too small to see with the naked eye. Scientists can study the cell anatomy by placing them on the slide of a microscope.
You can study them, too, with the help of this cartoon drawing tutorial of the animal cell structure!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Animal Cell
1. Begin by outlining the cross-section of the cell. Being a cross-section, it appears that part of the cell has been cut away to allow you to peer inside. Use a curved line to outline a large heart-shaped figure. Then, draw another heart-shaped figure inside the first.
Finally, draw a curved line parallel to the bottom of the inner heart shape, allowing it to attach to the outer shape. You now have your cell membrane, the three-dimensional edge where it is cut away, and the cytoplasm inside the cell.
2. Draw a round shape in the center of the cell to form the nucleus. Inside it, use curved lines to enclose two successively smaller round shapes, each slightly pointed on the ends. The largest shape is the nucleus. Inside you can see the cut-out of the nucleus. The smallest shape is the nucleolus.
Then, draw a straight line across the cross-section of the cell and nucleus to indicate the corner of the cut-out section.
3. Next, you will draw the endoplasmic reticulum above and below the nucleus. Use a series of curved lines to enclose the irregular shape. Then, detail the twists and turns of the reticulum using curved lines.
4. Texture the outside of the nuclear membrane with small circles. Then, begin to draw the bean-shaped mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell. Texture the mitochondria with a wavy line.
5. Outline another type of organelle, the smooth endoplasmic reticulum. Use curved lines to enclose the globular shapes.
6. Outline more irregular structures. Texture them all with curved lines. Some are smooth endoplasmic reticulum, and others are Golgi apparatus.
7. Next, draw the lysosomes and ribosomes. Draw large ovals for the lysosomes and groups of small ones for the ribosomes. Draw another irregular structure, but don't texture it. This one isn't a reticulum; it's a centriole.
8. Begin labeling your organelles and other cell structures. Do you remember what each is called? Lysosomes are the large ovals. The rough endoplasmic reticulum is located above and below the nucleus. The small ovals on the surface of the nucleus are nuclear pores, and the structure at its center is the nucleolus. Each bean-shaped structure is a mitochondrion, and the space between the structures is a fluid called cytoplasm.
9. Finish labeling your cell. Irregular structures with lines inside are the smooth endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. The irregular shape lacking texture is the centriole. Groups of small ovals are ribosomes, and the outer edge of the figure is the cell membrane.
Color your cartoon diagram of an animal cell anatomy. While the colors in our illustration don't represent natural coloration, they do help distinguish the different parts.
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