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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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bluehead1215 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Where is the cheetah?
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Cirma2626 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
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  Hobbyist 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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Time-013 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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KittenButler 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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SassyJesus 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   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  Student General Artist
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 Artisan Crafter
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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HannahBananaFeeFiFoo 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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KawaiiKitsune247 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh! Thank you soo much for doing this!

now I can finally know how to draw the nose properly XD.
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Redpadna Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg thank you now I can draw an al-right looking lion!
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CristoferWaitzh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:+favlove:
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lcatgril Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
woah this helps ALOT tanks ^^
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Zoom4Design Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
awesome thank you
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LoLaLoNgThEWoRlD Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I feel so happy xD you lead me out of the deep scary darkness of not knowin' how to come near to a realistic cat face, with your turtorials! *___*

can I call you master, master?? TAT
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Yumeless Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Thank you for this amazing tuto. ^o^

But I have one question. You call your panther a "black jaguar". But isn't the black panther a "black leopard" instead?
I know that the black jaguar can also be called "black panther" but it has the same anatomy than a regular jaguar, it's the same species. So, I'm a little confused about what is really your panther here.

Sorry to distrub you with that. ^^"

(and just a little last thing. "Uncia Uncia" is the old name of the snow panther. Now it's also a "panthera", so it's new name is "Panthera Uncia")
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Toyoue Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, something I just learned recently. xD The "Black Panther" is any black form of Leopard, Jaguar or Cougar.
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Yumeless Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Okay. xD (But officially the black panther is the same thing than a leopard. It's people who after confuse the black panther with the black form of other big cats. So it became an "universal" term. ^^ )
Well, we learn thing every day after all, we can't know all. ^^

So, here... what species is exactly your black panther? xD
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Toyoue Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine's the black leopard. :3
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Yumeless Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Ok, thank you. ^^
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