How to Draw a Panda

Two Methods:Panda CartoonRealistic Panda

A panda looks like a bear with a black and white color. They are very cute in cartoons and in reality they look really nice and cuddly -- but they can be very aggressive at times when scared, shocked or irritated. So don’t go running to hug one that you see because it might sweep you off your feet, literally. Let’s begin!

Method 1
Panda Cartoon

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    Begin by drawing outline sketches using pencil: sketch two intersecting ovals that look somewhat like the numeral eight.
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    Draw vertical and horizontal guidelines lightly, within the head outline.
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    Sketch curves for the ears.
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    Draw curves for the front legs and ovals for the hind feet. We are making a cartoon type panda; so, you don’t have to make it look detailed.
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    Darken the actual lines for the head and the body.
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    Add the detail shapes for the features of the face, using circles for the eyes, curves for the nose and mouth, and then erase any extra parts of the pencil sketches and guidelines.
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    Fill in the basic colors.
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    Add the shadows, on the face and body, and the background.

Method 2
Realistic Panda

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    Begin with the outline sketch of the head, using pencil. Draw an oval shape for the outline of the head.
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    Add a longer standing oval shape. This is an outline sketch for the upper back of the panda.
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    Sketch oval outlines for the lower back and the hips of the panda.
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    Add the outline sketches of the front legs, feet and hind legs.
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    Sketch 3 vertical lines and one horizontal line as guidelines for the eyes. Add the eyes, using guidelines for aligning the features nicely.
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    Add the nose and mouth outline sketches.
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    Draw the outline sketches for the ears.
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    Darken the light outline sketches for the actual detail lines.
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    Get oil pastels or crayons to color the panda (option: use colored pencils, markers or watercolors).
    • When you are making realistic drawings, add details as much as possible. So, add the fur, correct colors, actual shapes and erase any extra parts of the outlines; use as thin lines as possible.
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    Add the background.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils (optional: oil pastels, crayons, markers or watercolors)

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