Cheetah Sketch

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  1. Cheetah Sketch For Kids
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Seeing a cheetah hunt is rare, and photographing a cheetah hunt is challenging, but can you sketch a cheetah hunt? Here are my tips, with field sketches and photographs, from a hunt my husband and I witnessed in Linyanti, northern Botswana.

We found two brothers lazing on a termite mound surrounded by wonderful hanging vines. It was a perfect sketching opportunity, so I spent some time sketching them and then adding the trees, termite mound and vines. The watercolour was added later, purely from memory.

♦ Tip 1: “Look three times, think twice, sketch once.” (anonymous).

Look at animals as simple shapes, ignoring details. Start with the largest shapes first. Use feint pencil lines until you find the correct line. Always sketch the animals first. You can add the landscape features and vegetation afterwards because they won’t get up and move.

Knowing roughly where they spent the night, we headed out the next morning hoping that we would see them hunt. We found them lazing on another termite mound and although they frequently moved, I created this sketch (below), using simple shapes and very faint pencil lines.

Afterwards, I wondered why I had painted the background yellow/orange, but looking at my husband’s photos from the same day (see below), I realise my colours were close to the real thing – but in reverse. I find this often happens – I think I am consciously choosing colours, only to find I am unconsciously influenced by the colours around me.

♦ Tip 2: Time spent in your chosen sketching location is never wasted.

When you are watching, listening or sitting in silence, you are inadvertently learning and taking in information about your subject and this will show in your sketches.

This photo below is one of my favourites. Look at the beautiful curves in the termite mound, the vines, and of course the spots of the cheetah. It is a simple yet stunning composition.

Beautiful though the morning was, the cheetahs were not content with posing for an artist or a photographer – they had food on their minds and started to head off. Although we were moving every few seconds to keep up, I managed this quick sketch (below), showing the cheetahs’ long bodies and tiny heads.

♦ Tip 3: A pencil and paper are all you need. Limiting your materials allows you to concentrate more on your subject.

♦ Tip 4: Make sure you have enough paper and don’t be afraid to start sketches you will never finish.

At one point the cheetahs stopped for a couple of minutes and that’s when I created the very small sketch (below). The light was coming from the left, so I had to remember not to paint over the white paper in the areas I wanted as highlights. I added some cadmium yellow to the cheetahs, followed by some cerulean blue on top, to show the shadow areas. When this was dry, I added the eyes, nose and just enough spots to indicate that these are cheetahs.

♦ Tip 5: Know when to stop.

This is one of the hardest things to learn – but is essential. I often stop when I think I’m not quite finished. When I look at the painting later, I inevitably discover that it needs nothing more.

Really cool sketches

Suddenly the cheetahs went from motionless to trotting to flat-out in just a few seconds and became a blur among the bushes. Sketching was not an option.


As the dust settled we saw the one cheetah had caught an impala ewe. His brother appeared and the impala was quickly subdued.

Sketching predators on a kill may not be every artist’s idea of good subject matter, but killing is a fact of life in the bush, so I treat this as I would any other subject, taking advantage of the fact that the cheetahs are now stationary for a while!

The brothers ate from the rear of the carcass, so I had an interesting perspective for my sketch. I concentrated on the important details – the head of the impala, and her round belly leading to the faces of the cheetahs.

We left the cheetahs to their meal and returned to camp, where I spent a few hours adding the watercolour to some of the sketches you see above. Ah… the work of a field sketch artist is never done!

♦ Tip 6: Join me on an Africa Geographic Art Safari to learn more. I can’t promise we will see a cheetah hunt, but if we do, you’ll know how to sketch it!

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In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Cheetah in 7 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Cheetah.

Here are some interesting facts about the Cheetah you might find interesting.

  1. It is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h.
  2. Although it can reach high speeds, its body cannot stand long distance running.
  3. They are mostly found in Africa and South Western Asia.
  4. The Cheetah is a carnivore, eating mostly mammals under 40 kg.
  5. They usually avoid fighting and will surrender a kill immediately to even a single hyena, rather than risk injury.

Step 1: Begin by drawing the nose of the Cheetah.

Cheetah Sketch For Kids

Step 2: Sketch the lower chest.

Step 3: Draw the upper back in a slight curve.

Step 4: Begin to add the first steps of the legs.

Step 5: Complete the legs by adding the rear sections to the limbs.

Step 6: Draw the Tail and add the lower stomach.

Step 7: Finish the last leg and add in some grass to complete the drawing.

Here’s how your final rendering of the Cheetah should look:

Cheetah Sketch Images

Use this example to help you shade the Cheetah and add a realistic look and dimension:

Cheetah Sketch Drawing

Here’s a 36 second video showing a simple way to draw a Cheetah step by step, feel free to pause the video to follow each step.