12+ Cute Animal Sketch Ideas for Beginners

I earn commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

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.

Related Articles:

Animal Sketch Ideas for Beginners

dog and bunny sketch

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.

Credit: Get Drawing

seal sketch

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.

Credit: JLoog

dog drawing

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.

Credit: @nam_draws_

cat drawing

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

Credit: Get Drawings

how to 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.

Credit: Get Drawings

how to draw simba

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.

Credit: Get Drawings

deer sketch

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

Credit @machlojki_art

horse sketch

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.

Credit: @skyhorse_studio

shark drawing

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.

Credit: unknown

bear, deer, and cat

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.

Credit: @wei-artdairy

woodland animal 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.

Credit: @sarazorel

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.

Credit: @vickyendangered

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

penguin animal sketch

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.

Credit: unknown

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

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.

Credit: @o.muridoodles

german shepard sketch

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

Credit: @chennanigan

how to draw a 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.

Credit: @splindedscribbles

badger sketches

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

Credit: cecile_illustration

rabbit drawing

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

Credit: kaitlinhoyt

easy cat drawing

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.

Credit: weheartit

elephant sketch

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.

Credit: unknown

hare

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

raccoon, elephant and more

Credit: chantelleque.art

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.