How to Draw a Leopard Seal

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Leopard Seal in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Leopard Seal.

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How to Draw a Leopard Seal - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start drawing your Leopard Seal by making the head. It's just two curved lines that meet at the nose. The top should curve from the back to the right, going up slightly, before bending down. At the nose this line should curve in to make the mouth. Just under that mouth, draw another curved line to make the chin and neck, slanting left and down.

Step 2: Add a small dot for the eye

Step 3: For the front flipper, draw two sides of a square, with round corners. At the bottom left side of this half-square, start making looping lines that curve up and slant to the right to make the individual 'fingers' of the flippers.

Step 4: Next draw the back and the belly. This will be made by two long lines The top one should curve down as it goes left, while the bottom should very slightly curve up. The two lines should not meet, leaving room to add the tail.

Step 5: To make the tail, start with two more small curved lines that begin at the top and bottom of the gap you've left. The top should curve very slightly down and to the left, right the bottom one should start slanting down, and curve up very slightly the more left it goes. At the end of each line, start drawling loops to make the individual 'toes' of the flipper. The loops should get deeper the further towards the middle they are.

Step 6: Now draw the line that bisects the entire animal from mouth to tail. It should start at the corner of the mouth, and go to the flipper. From the flipper, take the line all the way back to just below the tail.

Step 7: Now add the dot-pattern that leopard seals are known for by making many small dots along the body. These dots are usually brown or black, but you can make them whatever color you want.

Interesting Facts about Leopard Seals

Leopard seals, also called sea leopards, have black spots on their coats, which is how they got their name. Unlike actual leopards, the seal’s coat is grey. Leopards and leopard seals are both known for being fierce predators. In fact, leopard seals are considered the most aggressive predators of all seal species.

Did You Know?

  • Leopard seals live in the frozen Antarctic waters. They can also be found in waters more north of the Antarctic, near South Africa, New Zealand, South America, and the coast of Australia.
  • Like other species, leopard seals have blubber, a layer of fat that keeps them warm in the frigid weather.
  • Leopard seals have no ears.
  • Leopard seals are the second-largest species, behind the elephant seal.
  • Leopard seals typically eat fish, squid, penguins, birds, and smaller seals.
  • Leopard seals can live to be 25 years old.
  • Because of their aggressive hunting skills, their only natural predator is the killer whale.

Leopard seals are solitary mammals that only interact with each other during mating season. Like humans, female leopard seals are pregnant for nine months before giving birth. Baby leopard seals are born in ice and stay with their mother until they are able to take care of themselves.