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 over 25 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.
Before I get into the sketches, I want to share with you my favorite kit for beginner artists. It’s the Castle Art Supplies 26 Piece Drawing Kit. I purchased this kit for myself when I decided that I wanted to get back into drawing. This drawing kit includes everything you need to get started, so you don’t have to spend hours researching drawing tools for beginners.
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Animal Sketch Ideas for Beginners
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.
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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.
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.
Drawing a cat doesn’t have to be difficult. This sketch show you how to draw a cartoon style cat from start to finish.
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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.
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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.
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This quick deer sketch is actually pretty easy to draw. I definitely think that this drawing reference is perfect for beginners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This sketch features a German Shepard from different angles and making different facial expressions.
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.
Here are sketches of a cute little badger. You may or may not know that badgers are related to wolverines.
I love the sketch of a rabbit. The sketch is so simple but still looks very professional.
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.
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.
This hare animal sketch is pretty simple to draw, and I recommend trying your hand at this if you’re an adventurous beginner.
This sketch page features a variety of animals that you can sketch. There’s an elephant, raccoon, and more.
For more drawing tutorials and references, check out this post 38 Cool Drawing Ideas for Your Sketchbook.