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Uploaded: March 15, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: March 16, 2010
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Cats of the wild are some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures to ever walk the earth. I am a big animal nut, and when it comes to felines I love learning about their species. Now, I have all sorts of tutorials on big cats like lions, tigers, panthers, pumas, cougars, and some others I can't think of right now. However, there is one cat that I do not have, and that is the one you will be getting a lesson on today. I will show you "how to draw a snow leopard", step by step. This species of animal is one of the more prettiest out of all the wild felines in existence. They are best known for their beautiful thick white fur that has scattered spots all over their bodies. Sometimes the fur of a snow leopard can be a yellowish or light gray color depending on the gene. Does a snow leopard really live in cold climates? Yes they do. These animals have so many layers of fur, they are virtually one of the warmest species of their kind along side of the polar bear. Not only do their hides have thick layers, their paws, and tails are very dense with fur as well. Compared to a human, the snow leopard is only about two feet tall and anywhere from six to eight feet long. You would think that an animal of this size weighs a lot too right? Wrong, the average weight of one of these cats is only about ninety pounds, but not more then one hundred twenty. As with other cats of the wild, they are also carnivores and their daily diets consists of sheep, goats, rabbits, birds, and even rats and other rodents. As you can also imagine, these stunning animals are considered rare, and they are on the endangered species list with only about three to seven thousand left in the wild, and from six to seven hundred of that number are in zoos across the globe. They thrive in altitudes between ten thousand feet, to seventeen thousand feet. About sixty percent live in the mountains of Central Asia, but they can also be found in places like Russia, India, and Kazakstan. They are solitary animals that enjoy being left alone, which is why it is so hard to determine exact numbers, and lifespan for these creatures. How loud can a snow leopard roar? If you guessed as loud as a lion, you're wrong. The fact is, these cats have no roar at all because they are unable to do so. Weird huh? Anyways, this tutorial should be fun for you all because you will learn “how to draw a snow leopard”, step by step. I will be back with two more lessons for you all, and I promise they will be “cute”. Peace out folks, and have a happy drawing day!

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how to draw a snow leopard

How to Draw a Snow Leopard

how to draw a snow leopard step 1

STEP 1.

Start by drawing an egg shape for the body, and then attach the shape for the neck, legs, and head. Draw a curled tail line, and then move to the next step.
 
how to draw a snow leopard step 2

STEP 2.

You will now start sketching out the shape of the face starting with the snout and lip. Then draw the bridge of the nose and shape of the eye. Add some inking, and then move to the next step.
 
how to draw a snow leopard step 3

STEP 3.

As you can see you will start sketching out the shape of the snow leopards head until it is all drawn out. Once that is done you can add the chin, whiskers, and then the small ear shapes. The body of this animal is very hearty so don;t skimp on width when it comes to sketching out the thick neck and chest.
 
how to draw a snow leopard step 4

STEP 4.

Draw the lining for the cat's back, and then sketch out the thick, fury tail like you see here. It seems as though every part of this animal is very bold, and girthy, so you must express that through your drawing. Add the solid spots, and then proceed on.
 
how to draw a snow leopard step 5

STEP 5.

Sketch out the belly of this animal and then draw out the legs and large paws. The belly should be hairy looking as you see here and the hind legs should look large and meaty.
 
how to draw a snow leopard step 6

STEP 6.

For your last drawing step all you need to do is sketch out each spot that is on the snow leopards body like you see here. Since no one leopard is the same, you can pick and choose where you want your spots to be. But before you add the markings, be sure to erase all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a snow leopard step 7

STEP 7.

Here is what your drawing should come out looking like when you are done. Color it in and you're all set. I hope you had fun, meet me back here once again for another fun filled drawing tutorial.