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Easy Panda Drawing Guide For Beginners In 5 Steps [Video + Images

Time to learn how to draw a panda! Did you know that pandas spend up to 16 hours a day eating? These lazy bamboo lovers are known for their distinctive black-and-white markings that make them unique in the animal kingdom. In this guide, we’ll share the steps to quickly draw a panda that anyone, including beginners, can easily follow. So, if you prefer learning through images and drawing step by step, keep reading!

Sketching Tools To Draw A Panda

Although you can use any pencils you have for your panda drawing, here are some of our favorite tools that you might want to add to your toolbox:

  • An H pencil: We recommend using an H pencil when sketching because of its hard lead that leaves a light trace on the paper. This means that you can easily erase or even enhance it in later stages of your panda drawing.
  • An HB pencil: An HB pencil has a medium-hard lead, so you can use it for detailing or softly shading your sketch.
  • A B pencil: The hardest lead of the three, it leaves the darkest trace on the paper, making it ideal for shading.
  • A kneaded eraser: This type of eraser is soft, allowing you to change its shape and size depending on what you want to remove or highlight.
  • Lightly textured sketch paper: This smooth surface allows your pencil to glide effortlessly, and erasing mistakes is easier due to the paper’s texture.

How To Draw A Panda In 5 Simple Steps

The easiest way to draw a panda is to sketch its body parts one by one using geometric shapes and simple forms that, when combined, form a cute and fluffy panda.

1. Draw The Panda’s Head And Its Belly

Recommended tool: H pencil

The first thing to draw is the panda’s head. Let’s sketch a circle and place it close to the top of the paper. To draw the panda’s belly, add another circle below the head. Make sure to leave some space between the two circles, and remember to make the body about two times larger than the head. After all, pandas have large tummies from all the eating they do!

2. Draw The Ears, Body, Legs, And Tail

Recommended tool: H pencil

Next, let’s draw the panda’s ears. Add two small circles to the top of the panda’s head. Now, connect the head to the belly by drawing a curved line below either ear and connecting them to the widest points of the panda’s tummy. To draw the panda’s front legs, use the familiar shape of a kidney bean. Place the front legs slightly below the panda’s head and have them reach about two-thirds of the belly. Since the panda we’re drawing is sitting, its back legs are folded next to its tummy. Draw the rear right leg by starting at the point where the right front leg touches the tummy and curving it down to resemble a quarter of an oval shape. Repeat the process for the left rear leg, making the thigh part thicker this time. Lastly, add the tail between the panda’s rear legs by drawing a small oval shape.

3. Finish Drawing The Head

Recommended tool: H pencil

Before we draw the panda’s nose, let’s outline the muzzle first. Start in the middle of the head and draw a round shape that ends just above the chin. Make sure the top of the muzzle is slightly narrower than the bottom. Next, add the patches around the panda’s eyes. Draw one patch as an oval shape and the other as a bean-like shape. Sketch the irises as small circles near the muzzle, and then add a small bean-like shape for the nose.

4. Add The Finishing Touches

Recommended tools: HB pencil

Now that you have completed the outline, it’s time to add some details to your panda drawing. Start by adding nostrils and shading them in a dark grey or black color. Attach a wide “W” shape to the nose for the panda’s mouth, and draw curved lines in each ear to depict the earlobes. Go over the outer lines of the panda’s body to make them more pronounced. To depict the fluffiness of the panda’s fur, add short lines that stick outwards occasionally. Draw a “V” shaped patch of fur in the middle of the panda’s body, where its black fur turns to white. Continue outlining the lower part of the panda’s body, add claws, and make the legs and tail appear furry. Shade the eyes in a dark grey hue, and your panda will start to look plush and cuddly!

5. Shade Your Panda Drawing

Recommended tools: HB and B pencils, a kneaded eraser

The final step is to shade your panda drawing. Grab your HB and B pencils, and shade the ears, legs, eyes, and nose. Use a darker shade for the inside of the ears, irises, and nostrils. The rest of the panda’s body should remain white, but you can softly shade the areas around the dark eye patches to create depth. Don’t forget to shade the belly slightly as well, as it will create a shadow effect. Once you are satisfied with the shading, use a kneaded eraser to remove any unnecessary lines.

Finished Your Panda Drawing? Try These Next!

Once you have completed your panda drawing, why not challenge yourself by drawing other members of the animal kingdom? We have beginner-friendly guides on how to draw a horse, wolf, bunny, cat, and dog. If landscape drawing interests you, we also have tutorials on drawing trees, roses, and mushrooms. And if you want to learn how to draw people, check out step-by-step tutorials on drawing faces, noses, eyes, and mouths. Don’t miss out on our YouTube channel for more comic book artist tutorials!

Meet The Artist

Goncalo Lopes is a professional artist and the BIOWARS art team lead. He is responsible for designing the look and feel of all BIOWARRIORS and invasive pathogens in the BIOWARS comic book. With years of experience in the arts, Goncalo is here to share his expert tips on how to draw a panda from scratch. Even if you don’t have formal art training, you’ll be able to easily follow his guide! Check out how we drew the BIOWARS protagonists!

A Recap On How To Draw A Panda

When drawing a panda, it’s crucial to start slowly and draw one part of its body at a time. Here’s a quick recap of the steps:

  1. Draw the panda’s head.
  2. Add its belly.
  3. Sketch the ears.
  4. Draw the front and rear legs.
  5. Add the finishing touches and shade your drawing.

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Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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