24 Cute Animal Sketch Ideas for Beginners

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Animal sketch ideas are great for inspiration. From beginner to advanced artists, animals are one of the most popular subjects to draw. If you want to learn how to draw animals, there are plenty of books available that will teach you how to draw.

However, you should also be aware that there are tons of amazing step-by-step tutorials available on the internet designed to inspire and teach you how to sketch animals. I’ll be sharing 24 animal sketch ideas that are easy to follow. Some will give you step-by-step instructions.

Plus, each sketch will be perfect for beginners who are just learning how to draw. I hope you find these sketches helpful and inspirational on your drawing journey.

And of course, remember that the more you practice drawing, the better you will get at it.

I know what you’re thinking. Enough with the talking, let’s get to the sketches.

1. Simple Animal References

This sketch shows you simple references for drawing a rabbit, dog and kitten. If you’re in need of simple animal references, you should find this helpful.

dog and bunny sketch
Credit: Get Drawing

2. How to Draw a Seal

I bet you didn’t know it was so easy to draw a seal. This simple sketch shows you how to draw a seal with a fish in its mouth.

seal sketch
Credit: JLoog

3. Dog Breeds

If you love drawing dogs, this reference page has six dog breeds you can try drawing. Included is the Great Dane,  Rottweiler, Dachshund, Pomeranian, Jack Russell Terrier and Eurasier.

dog drawing
Credit: @nam_draws_

4. Cat Sketch

Drawing a cat doesn’t have to be difficult. This sketch show you how to draw a cartoon style cat from start to finish.

cat drawing
Credit: Get Drawings

5. Draw and Elephant

Drawing an elephant couldn’t be easier with this sketch reference. If you’re a new artist, I’m sure you’ll find this simple drawing guide helpful.

how to draw and elephant
Credit: Get Drawings

6. Simba from The Lion King

Who doesn’t love Simba from The Lion King? If you’re more of an advanced beginner, I think that you should definitely try your hands at drawing a realistic Simba.

how to draw simba
Credit: Get Drawings

7. Deer Sketch

This quick deer sketch is actually pretty easy to draw. I definitely think that this drawing reference is perfect for beginners.

deer sketch
Credit @machlojki_art

8. Simple Horse Drawing

When you see a drawing of a horse, you may automatically think that it’s difficult to draw. However, once you sit down with your drawing tools, you’ll see just how easy it can be.

horse sketch
Credit: @skyhorse_studio

9. Easy Shark

This shark drawing is definitely easy to draw. Plus, even though it’s simple, it actually looks very realistic. This is the perfect quick sketch when you’re short on time.

shark drawing
Credit: weheartit

10. Cat, Bear, and Deer

This drawing is a creative take on a cat, bear, and deer. Once you finish your drawing, it would look so good being displayed on your wall or desk.

bear, deer, and cat
Credit: @wei-artdairy

11. Forest Doodles

I love this collection of forest animal doodles. If you’re looking for cute and simple doodle ideas, this page features deer, owls, raccoons, foxes, and more.

woodland animal doodles
Credit: @sarazorel

12. Lion Drawing

I love this drawing of a gorgeous lion. This drawing is a bit more advanced; however, it’s still a great drawing to try for the adventurous beginner.

lion drawing
Credit: @vickyendangered

13. Owlcat

Okay, the owlcat isn’t a real animal, but it’s still fun to draw nonetheless. This is a super cute and fun sketch reference that’s perfect for beginners.

Credit: @theemptyartist

14. Easy Penguin Drawing

I just love this simple penguin drawing. This easy drawing is fun for kids and adults alike. You’ll be so proud of your work of art.

penguin animal sketch
Credit: weheartit

15. Hedgehog

If you love hedgehogs, try your hand at drawing this cute little hedgehog. I love how there are drawings of the hedgehog in different positions and doing different activities.

Credit: @caspalpo

16. Deer Expressions

This drawing includes a variety of different deer, making different facial expressions. If you’re working on animal facial expressions, I think you’ll find this helpful.

deer expressions
Credit: @o.muridoodles

17. German Shepard

This sketch features a German Shepard from different angles and making different facial expressions.

german shepard sketch
Credit: @chennanigan

18. Cute Cat

If you want to know how to draw a cute cat, this step by step tutorial by Splendid Scribbles shows you how to easily draw a cartoon style cat.

how to draw a cute cat
Credit: @splindedscribbles

19. Badger

Here are sketches of a cute little badger. You may or may not know that badgers are related to wolverines.

badger sketches
Credit: cecile_illustration

20. Rabbit Sketch

I love the sketch of a rabbit. The sketch is so simple but still looks very professional.

rabbit drawing
Credit: kaitlinhoyt

21. Simple Cat

I love pictures like this because they look cool, yet they’re so simple to draw. This is the quickest and easiest cat drawing you’ll ever draw.

easy cat drawing
Credit: weheartit

22. Cute Elephant

If you’re a beginner artist, you’ll have fun drawing this cute little elephant. I love how big the ears are, and the cute eye lashes on the elephant.

elephant sketch
Credit: weheartit

23. Hare Sketch

This hare animal sketch is pretty simple to draw, and I recommend trying your hand at this if you’re an adventurous beginner.

Credit: @rachelbellora

24. Elephant, Raccoon, and More

This sketch page features a variety of animals that you can sketch. There’s an elephant, raccoon, and more.

raccoon, elephant and more
Credit: chantelleque.art

For more drawing tutorials and references, check out this post 38 Cool Drawing Ideas for Your Sketchbook.

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