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Uploaded: January 10, 2013
Artist: Makangeni
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Tutorial about black panthers, leopards and jaguars. You will find two full bodies (one standing and one sitting), paws and claws and how to paint a realistic panther eye. I hope you will find this useful!

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How to Draw Panthers, Black Panthers

how to draw panthers, black panthers step 1

STEP 1.

A black panther is a melanistic color variant of leopards (African) and jaguars (American). In the image you can see the differences between these two big cats. The leopard is smaller and agile and it has a very long tail. The jaguar is bigger and sturdy and it has a big head and a short tail.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 2

STEP 2.

Let's start drawing a full body side viewed leopard. Draw the guide lines. Try to draw these guides accurately, as your future advances will depend on them. These guidelines play as a role of a foundation. You don't have to draw the lines perfectly thick, just similar in sizes.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 3

STEP 3.

Draw the head and the neck. Remember: small ears and quite flat cranium.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 4

STEP 4.

Draw the short and muscular forelegs with big, round shaped paws. Try not to create 'cartoony' paws which are a lot more boxier. Realistic big cats have flat yet bulky paws which flatten depending on certain surfaces.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 5

STEP 5.

Draw the rest of the body: fluffy belly, back, hind legs and long tail. Because we're drawing a realistic panther, the body's going to be slightly longer, with longer legs. Notice how the arch of the back leg isn't as prominent as a cartoon style.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 6

STEP 6.

Add eyes, nose, mouth, details into the ears and fix the form of the head.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 7

STEP 7.

Add whiskers, fur, muscles and other details and you're done! Use thin lines for the defining details, you don't want to use bulky lines or it will take away from the outer lines.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 8

STEP 8.

Now let's examine closer the eyes of the panther. 1) Draw the form of the eye and add the base color. 2) Paint a blue circle in the center of the eye and then add a green ring. 3) Add some darker tones of brown and then add a little bit of bright yellow. 4) Paint the shadow created by the fur in the upper zone, add the black pupil and add some shadows also to the gray/black outline of the eye. 5) Continue creating depth with dark colors and try also to reproduce the pattern typical of the eyes with radial lines. 6) Add a bluish light to the eye and to the black outline to create a wet and bright effect. Remember that the eye is not flat, it's a ball.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 9

STEP 9.

Panthers have big, round paws with retractable claws that they use to climb trees and latch onto prey. Try to reference photos of these big animals to get ideas on different poses of paws.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 10

STEP 10.

Now let's draw a sitting leopard. Draw the guide lines.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 11

STEP 11.

Draw the head and part of the neck.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 12

STEP 12.

Draw back, chest and forelegs. Notice the muscle definition of the forelegs. Big cats have powerful muscles to aid them throughout the wilderness. Look up various references of panthers and observe how the muscles contract with each movement these big cats make.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 13

STEP 13.

Draw belly, hind legs and tail. Usually, a resting panther will curl their tails once in a while. Don't forget to add the bits of fleshy fur overlapping the feet of the panther.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 14

STEP 14.

Add eyes, nose and mouth. Again, use thin lines for details such as these.
 
how to draw panthers, black panthers step 15

STEP 15.

Add the last details: detail into the ears, whiskers, fur and muscles. I hope you guys enjoyed this addition of my tutorial on 'how to draw panthers'! Thanks for viewing and let me know how you did in the comments.