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Uploaded: October 10, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 13
Updated: October 12, 2012
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This next lesson will take you back to the Savannah wild where lions, tigers, and giraffes run free. To go with the zombie Simba, I wanted to make a tutorial on "how to draw a cartoon Hyena", step by step. Hyenas are strange but interesting animals. Even though they are a brutal species, they still have their way of life. They are considered to be scavengers of the safari, and will always be anuscence to other animals. The lion is the hyenas biggest rival and because of this there is a lot of hostility between the two species. The coloring came out pretty cool, but I should have toned down the definition around the shoulders a bit because he looks like a muscular hyena. Anyways, I do hope you like drawing a cartoon hyena because I know I did. Gotta go folks because I have to prepare some more drawing fun for you all. Peace out and enjoy!

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How to Draw a Cartoon Hyena

how to draw a cartoon hyena step 1

STEP 1.

This is a framed out drawing on how the shapes and guides should be drawn for two different poses of the hyena. One is a hyena sitting, and the other is of one on the prowl.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 2

STEP 2.

Let's get started with the lesson of the face from full frontal view. Start by making a circle, then sketch in the facial guides. Then draw out the shape of the snout followed by the lower jaw or lip. You will then use the facial guidelines you made to begin the drawing process of the eyes. When drawing the eyes make sure to add the bold lining for the top lid. Color in the pupils, then draw the nose tip followed by the start of the ears. Add some whisker holes too. Lastly, you will sketch out the actual structure of the hyena's face. Draw out the ears, then sketch in the hair in the center of the head like so. Hyena have thick necks so sketch that out as well.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 3

STEP 3.

Now we will draw the hyena from a profile state. Start again with a circle like so, then draw out the sloped shape of the snout. When that is done you can draw in the marking line around the snout, followed by the eye. Draw the top row of sharp teeth, then you can sketch out the neck line. You will finish off your hyena by sketching out the rest of the face shape followed by the ears and tuft of hair.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 4

STEP 4.

Now that you have a full frontal lesson as well as a profile lesson on the hyena, how about a 3/4 view lesson on the hyena. You will begin the same by drawing a circle for the head as well as a facial guideline. Sketch out the forehead, and the snout like you see here. The left side of the jaw also needs to be added. Next, draw out the large rounded ear, then the spiked style of the tuft of hair in the center of the head. You will sketch out the hair on the back part of the jaw like so, then add a squiggle line for the brow. Color in some marks or spots on the upper part of the hyena's cheek, then draw in the eyes, marking around the nose, and then the nose tip. Add some whisker holes as well as detailing inside of the ear.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 5

STEP 5.

This is a youth version of a hyena. You will draw or make the circle for the head guide, then sketch in the facial guidelines. Begin sketching out the shape of the face making sure that the cheeks are prominent. Draw in the large ears which lay flat outward from the head, then sketch in the tuft of hair. You will then need to draw out the eyes, color in the pupils, then sketch out the nose, mouth, and add whisker holes on the muzzle. Add detailing to the ears and some spots on the face.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 6

STEP 6.

This is just the rough sketch of how the hyena looks in both poses. As you can see these animals are both goofy, and mean looking.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 7

STEP 7.

Start with three circles, one for the head, the torso, and back end. Draw in the legs, followed by the feet. Sketch in the facial guidelines.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 8

STEP 8.

Begin sketching out the structure of the hyena's face like so. You will only be drawing the cheeks, jaw, and snout.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 9

STEP 9.

Finish drawing the head by adding the ears, and tuft of hair. Notice how both ears have some battle damage which is the notches. Sketch in the detailing to the ears, then draw in the face. I decided to give this hyena a goofy look. Draw the eyes, nose, and mouth. The hyena has his tongue hanging out.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 10

STEP 10.

The hyena have hunched over shaped backs. Draw the back with a high arched shoulder. Draw in the lower part of the back followed by the chest, and belly. You will then draw out the very thick looking front leg and large paw. Sketch in some hair on the elbow too.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 11

STEP 11.

Draw out the rest of the legs the very same way or style you did the first leg and paw. When that is done sketch out the tail, followed by the hair on the arched back. Add detailing where needed.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 12

STEP 12.

To finish off the hyena, you will need to erase the guides as well as the mistakes. When that is done, draw the marking lines that separates the chest from the top of the body. Add the color marking on the ankles, followed by the toes and nails. Draw out all the spots on the back and add some detailing to the hyena's shoulder.
 
how to draw a cartoon hyena step 13

STEP 13.

Finally, here is your finished drawing of a cartoon hyena. Color him in and that's it!