How To Draw A Panda

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Panda in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

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 Panda.

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How to Draw a Panda - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First draw the snout. It looks like a crooked "C" shape. Make three separate bumps for the nose, mouth and bottom jaw.

Step 2: Draw the oval shaped eye just behind the snout. Now draw the rest of the head. It looks like a bumpy egg. It will be about three times larger than the snout.

Step 3: Add two oval shaped ears near the top of the head. The front ear fits just inside the line of the head. All you draw for the back ear is the tip. It should be half the size of the front ear.

Step 4: Draw a very round line for the back. It will curve sharply down to make the big panda rump.

Step 5: Starting from the back line draw two thick lines for the arm. The front line for the arm will come down to touch the right hand part of the head and continue down into the huge paw. It is the same length as the back line. Draw the back line for the front arm all the way up to the back line. Draw a short line across from the front arm to make the belly. Now add a short back leg. The leg is as wide as the arm. The leg lines will not go all the way up to the back line. Draw the top of the leg between the belly line and the rump line.

Step 6: Finally add a front paw right below the head. Add another back paw right below the belly line.

Interesting Facts about Pandas

On average, they could spend at least 12 hours per day eating, and their diet is mostly made up of bamboo. Pandas eat about 40 pounds of food a day in order to get the right amount of nutrition.

Did you know?

  • The two types of pandas are the giant panda and the red panda, which is also known as the lesser panda. Both types of pandas were argued not to be bears in the past. Giant pandas were thought to be more like cats, while red pandas were considered raccoons.
  • The giant panda is black and white with black patches around their eyes. Male giant pandas could weigh as much as 250 pounds.
  • Red pandas look a lot like raccoons. They have thick fur and bushy tails. Their tails are used for balance when they are in trees.
  • Pandas are endangered. Other than in captivity, pandas are only found in the mountainous regions of China.
  • Baby pandas, called cubs, are born blind. Their eyes open at 6 to 8 weeks old.

Pandas do not hibernate because bamboo is available to eat all year round. Pandas have five fingers and a special wrist bone that is considered a sixth finger.

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