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OLD: How to Draw Big Cats Part 1 by TamberElla OLD: How to Draw Big Cats Part 1 by TamberElla
2014 update: This is quiiiiite old and while I wouldn't recommend trying to learn too much from it, it's kinda cool to look at and does point out some subtle differences between the species. Please; go study from photos! This is a very rough, wonky, specific guide!

Keep in mind that this cannot teach you to draw bigs cats! The purpose of this is simply to show the subtle differences between each species. To learn to draw big cats, you need look at plenty of references, go to zoos, study muscle and bone structure, and practice a lot!
nonetheless, i hope you find this helpful! :aww:
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Suggester's words: How to Draw Big Cats Part 1 by *TamberElla has helped solve a ton of my struggles involving big cat drawing! The steps are easy to follow and beautifully drawn, and I think this is a fantastic tutorial. ( Suggested by Rosella-of-Daventry and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Midnightsscream Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017
Thank you for sharing! I've just become interested in drawing big cats and the step by step drawing outlines have really helped me get the proportions to look way more accurate
 <3
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arcticwonders Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student Filmographer
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Rubyangel16 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
its fake! i didnt repost this 1 month ago. nothing happen to me on monday
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arcticwonders Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Student Filmographer
I know. This was posted by my brother. He's into chainmail and I have no idea why he was on my account. Sorry about that.
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KittyCatChaos Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Llama...an important part of life this is the immunity llama, you have been cured from the curse above
have anise day :3
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arcticwonders Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Filmographer
hhhhhhhhhhh th8nke
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Melonpie33 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Old or not, this is awesome af
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Kiaanti Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hello! I was wondering.. (I know your VERY busy) though, sometime could you possibly do a big cat tutorial on the chest / front area of big cats? if you have no time I completely understand ;) I've jus been struggling myself lately and thought I could use a little help :D
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xoxoKelsieLynne Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Thank you for this! It's so helpful! :)
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Ennaz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
really helpfull.
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bluehead1215 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Where is the cheetah?
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Cirma-HTH Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is really helpfull
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JoannaMoontear Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
very helpful^^
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TheProtobabe Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Old it may be, but it's certainly still very useful ^^
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SplashinginHappyness Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a nice tutorial! Thanks for posting :3
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EbonySemira Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like this, but i have to point out that lions' noses arent always brown or black. the color of their nose determines their age so the darker it is the older they are which means cubs and young lions have pinkish or light tannish noses..... im sorry im a smart@$$ DX but i couldnt help but say something.... Again I think this tutorial is awesome....
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Darklordd Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Nicely done, and very informative.
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Hadamium Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! It was very helpful! :)
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ninth-00 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
This is very helpful and nicely descriptive. c:
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XxzenithxX Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How gorgeous :3 I`m definitely adding this to my reference folder. Side note: lion noses change color, darkening as they age. owo
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SNAILED-IT Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! What program do you use?
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Essanamy Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I love it!
I want to draw as many animals as I can, and these are so many and so good!
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rabisgirl Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Amazing tutorials, you should do one about cubs! :)
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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Your tutorials are thorough, but very easy to follow; thank you for making these!
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NoNoKoHime Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Thank you.(´◕ ◡ ◕`)
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wanyabeach Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
great guide thanks so much
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Wendiqo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful!
Thanks so much! ^^
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juca-rita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool! I use for this: [link]
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prechoco Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
OMGoodness. I <3 you!
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fierfairy42 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helpful thanks
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Dorkfish582 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful! if you haven't already could you do one of these with house cats like a couple common breeds! i love your style
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Lustanjo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
So helpfull, Thanks!!! :D
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Hellshadowgirl9001 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shall use this cuz I love cats :iconkittiesplz:
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xXKalassinXx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very good! Thanks a lot for that^^
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Aranel86 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very interesting
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been dying to find a simple way of learning how to draws lion heads. you so rock! ;)
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Hannah--Bug Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefuly I can try it soon
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ginnyrockfox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
were help full
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xLiaLeex Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Love this!!! Super helpful!
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tigerobsessed12 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
do you have one on how to draw a tiger? :)
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xSandra97 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
great thanks 'D
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akihirotheflames Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you so much!
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kellyHyuga Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
this is helpful I have problems drawing animals thansk
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C-a-s-p-i-a Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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StealthSnowLeopard Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, as you can see i love snow leopards and i needed some help with the face, i tried to draw one from a poster that i bought but it turned out really bad. sorry for the long comment but thanks again!
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NorthernLights96 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You. Are now my favourite person in this {and most other} dimensions.

And this tutorial rocks. o.o
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Maahluz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank You a looot!!!
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nightmaredude456 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you believe that there are no other how-to's for panthers on deviantART? And yours is extremely informative. I wouldn't mind a complete tutorial, like the lion one, for panthers, you're very good at cats.
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Nin-Ei Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaguars are the same as panthers, so I bet you could find a good jaguar tutorial to tell you what you want to know. =)
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