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1. Dolphin

Step 1: Draw a Shape for the Head, Body, and Tail. We’ll start off with three simple shapes that overlap each other slightly. A circle is drawn for the bulk of the head. A longer oval is drawn for the main portion of the dolphin’s body, while a shorter and skinnier oval is drawn for the tail.

Step 2: Draw the Nose and the Tail of the Dolphin Next, we’ll draw an oval for the nose of the dolphin. This shape will overlap the majority of the circle that was drawn in the first step for the head. We’ll also draw a shape at the end of the smaller oval that was drawn for the tail to define the tail fin.

Step 3: Define the Body Shape and Draw a Fin Next, we’ll use the three main shapes that we drew in the first step as a guide to define the form of the dolphin a bit further. The longer oval that was drawn for the main portion of the body is connected with the smaller oval with two arching lines. The main portion of the body is also connected to the nose of the dolphin with a line that extends upward and then outward to the bottom of the smallest oval. The left fin of the dolphin is also drawn in this step. This fin is added close to the head, instead of further down the body. From this vantage point, the fin will need to be placed a bit higher than you may think.

Step 4: Add the Second Fin, the Dorsal Fin, and a Couple of Details In this step, our drawing will begin to look more like a dolphin. We’ll begin by drawing the second fin. Here again, because of the viewing angle, the fin will be slightly distorted. The shape that is drawn for the fin is drawn “just a touch” higher than the left fin. A dorsal fin is drawn closer to the middle of the dolphin’s back, and a couple of lines are drawn to connect the main portion of the body with tail fin. A circle is drawn for the visible eye and a curved line is drawn to establish the location of the mouth that wraps around the face of the dolphin.

Step 5: Finish the Drawing Now, using the structure that has been created in the previous steps, the drawing can be completed with details. The eye is colored black with the exception of a white highlight. The lines are drawn over again with a darker medium. A few lines are added in areas to create a bit more interest and to create a bit of shadow. The lines should become thicker in areas in order to enhance the line quality and variety in the drawing. Any stray lines are erased.

Congrats! Take a look, what do you think? You can keep practicing to get better at it.

2. Panda

Step 1: Draw Three Ovals for the Body of the Panda First, draw three overlapping ovals for the body of the panda. A medium-sized circle is drawn for the head, with a second elongated oval added for the upper portion of the back. A long oval is drawn at a diagonal for the back end of the body.

Step 2: Draw Shapes for the Ears, Arms, and Facial Features Next, we’ll build off of the three shapes that were drawn in the last step to add more information to the panda. A couple of shapes are drawn for the arms. We’ll also add a couple of ovals for the ears. A few of the locations for the facial features are defined including the nose (or snout) and the eyes. A couple of lines are drawn to connect the lower portion of the body and the upper portion.

Step 3: Draw the Paws and the Hind Legs Next, we’ll draw the paws at the end of the legs and add a couple of lines for the hind legs. A couple of dark shapes are added for the eyes.

Step 4: Draw the Patterns on the Fur and the Details on the Face We can add some of the details that will make the animal look like a panda. This includes the sections in the fur that will be black. We can also add some more of the details that are found on the face like the nostrils and mouth.

Step 5: Finish the Drawing Now, using the structure that was built in the previous steps, we can finish the drawing. Darken in areas on the panda that are black, but leave a few subtle white lines to create the illusion of texture. A few lines can be added to create the illusion of fur in the lighter areas as well. These lines should be concentrated in areas of shadow. A few grass blades are added around the panda to make the drawing appear more natural.