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How to Draw Simple Cute Animals in Chibi Style (With Videos!)

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What You'll Be Creating

Realistic drawing is difficult, but luckily there are other, more forgiving styles out there. For example, the chibi style has clear rules, and you can use it to draw literally everything. 

In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw five simple chibi animals, and you'll learn how to create more just by applying the same rules to your own drawings.

What You Will Need

  • A sheet of paper
  • A pencil
  • Anything darker than the pencil (a thin marker, a gel pen, a ballpoint pen, etc.)

Before you start, keep a few things in mind:

  • The smaller the drawings, the easier it will be for you to keep the correct proportions. Draw all the animals on one sheet and treat them like small practice sketches rather than artworks on their own.
  • The illustrations in this tutorial are clear so that you see what you're supposed to draw—yours don't need to and even shouldn't be so perfectly drawn.
  • Don't try to draw the shapes with a single continuous line. Watch the videos to see how I build the shapes out of curves, connecting them only when I see what I was trying to draw.
  • The base for each drawing should be drawn with a pencil, with subtle lines, without pushing the tool too hard. This way the lines will not be visible when you finish the drawing with dark outlines. Watch the videos to see both phases of drawing.

1. How to Draw a Cute Wolf

Watch the video first to see the exact technique of drawing.

Step 1

Start with an oval that will be the body. Remember: draw it lightly, don't press too hard. This is just a sketch!

chibi wolf body

Step 2

Let's add the head now. It should be round and about twice as big as the body.

chibi wolf head

Step 3

Add the legs. The forelegs can be drawn with simple straight lines, but in the hind legs draw the lines in the feet only. Add simple "paws" at the end of each line.

chibi wolf legs

Step 4

Add some volume to the forelegs and the feet. They should be quite puffed.

chibi wolf legs full

Step 5

Time for the thigh. Make it very round, connecting directly with the foot.

chibi wolf hind legs

Step 6

Now we're going to create a cute face for our wolf. Draw an oval muzzle at the bottom of the head. It must be much, much smaller than the head to achieve a proper "cute" feeling.

chibi wolf muzzle

Step 7

Cross the muzzle with a wide smile.

chibi wolf smile

Step 8

Add an oval nose.

chibi wolf nose

Step 9

Time for the eyes. Draw the lower part right next to the muzzle.

chibi wolf eyes base

Step 10

Make the eyes big, but leave a lot of space for the forehead—a huge forehead will make it look younger and cuter.

chibi wolf eyes

Step 11

Add the pupils.

chibi wolf pupils

Step 12

The ears can be either huge or tiny—both extremes will add to the cute feeling.

chibi wolf ears

Step 13

Now the tail. If you can draw it all with one shape, go ahead. If not, here's a trick: start with a circle...

chibi wolf tail base

... add an oval...

chibi wolf tail fluffy

... and finish with a triangle.

chibi wolf tip

Step 14

Take your darker tool now and finish the details. This time you're allowed to press harder, but be careful—these are the final lines! You don't need to copy me—just look at your base and add some wolf features to it. It will look cute no matter what you do!

how to draw a chibi wolf

2. How to Draw a Cute Deer

Step 1

Let's start with an oval again. Remember to draw it subtly!

chibi deer body

Step 2

Add the round head. It must be above the body, because we'll add the neck later.

chibi deer head

Step 3

Draw the legs. They must be longer than in the wolf, but still use the same rule: straight lines for the forelegs, shorter lines for the feet.

chibi deer legs

Step 4

Add the muzzle...

chibi deer muzzle

Step 5

... and the mouth.

chibi deer mouth

Step 6

Time for the eyes. Draw them on the sides of the muzzle again.

chibi deer eyes base
chibi deer eyes
chibi deer pupils

Step 7

Because the legs are so long, we need to add some details to them to keep them interesting. Add a circle to each to create an outline of the joint.

chibi deer leg joints

Step 8

Lead a line from each side of the circle to the hoof.

chibi deer lower legs

Step 9

Finish the legs, attaching these new parts to the circles as well.

chibi deer upper legs

Step 10

Add a gentle neck, making it an extension of the body.

chibi deer neck

Step 11

Add the huge ears—exaggeration is very important in this style!

chibi deer ears

Step 12

Add the tail, drawing a teardrop shape.

chibi deer tail

Step 13

Time for "inking" again! Feel free to add little stubs of antlers if your deer is male. They should be as small and cute as the rest of the body.

how to draw a chibi deer

3. Draw a Cute Roaring Tiger

Step 1

Start with the oval body once again—nothing new here.

chibi tiger body

Step 2

Add a huge head, just like in the wolf.

chibi tiger head

Step 3

Add the legs. As you can see, you can fully control the position just by adding these four lines.

chibi tiger legs

Step 4

The mouth is open, so place the oval muzzle somewhere in the middle, and the lower part of it at the bottom.

chibi tiger muzzle

Step 5

Add a pair of lips—one for each part of the mouth.

chibi tiger lips

Step 6

Add some facial features. Normal, cute eyes wouldn't fit here, because the tiger wants to look dangerous. Keep them cutely closed instead.

chibi tiger eyes

Step 7

Fill out the legs...

chibi tiger legs full

... and finish the hind legs.

chibi tiger hind legs

Step 8

Connect both parts of mouth with subtly curved lines.

chibi tiger open mouth

Step 9

Add the teeth inside.

chibi tiger teeth

Step 10

Our "dangerous" tiger is still cute, so don't be afraid to add that huge ear!

chibi tiger ears

Step 11

To make sure the tail has an equal width on all its length, start with a line with a circle on top...

chibi tiger tail

... and then copy the inner line on the sides.

chibi tiger tail complete

Step 12

Ink it!

how to draw a roaring chibi tiger

4. How to Draw a Cute Lying Giraffe

Step 1

Let's try something different this time. Draw the body as a half of a circle—an oval flattened by the weight of the body.

chibi giraffe body

Step 2

Now the head—big and "levitating", because the neck will be long.

chibi giraffe head

Step 3

Add the muzzle. Make it round for a change.

chibi giraffe muzzle

Step 4

Give your little giraffe a big smile.

chibi giraffe smile

Step 5

The legs can be very simple:

chibi giraffe legs
chibi giraffe thigh

Step 6

Let's draw the eyes!

chibi giraffe eyes base
chibi giraffe eyes
chibi giraffe pupils

Step 7

Don't forget about the huge ears!

chibi giraffe ears

Step 8

The neck is not very long for a real animal, but long enough for a chibi!

chibi giraffe neck

Step 9

Add the details: the little horns and the tail.

chibi giraffe horns
chibi giraffe details

Step 10

Finish the drawing.

how to draw a chibi giraffe

5. How to Draw a Dangerously Cute Shark

Step 1

All these animals were fluffy mammals, let's try something different this time. Sharks can be cute as well! This time, start with the head.

chibi shark head

Step 2

Add a tiny muzzle.

chibi shark muzzle

Step 3

Make the smile toothed and sinister.

chibi shark smile

Step 4

Sketch the tail—look how short it is in comparison to the head!

chibi shark tail

Step 5

Connect the tail with the rest of the body.

chibi shark body full

Step 6

Let's add the fins now. Treat them as reversed legs.

chibi shark fins base
chibi shark fins full

Step 7

Make the muzzle sharp to mix "cute" with "dangerous".

chibi shark muzzle sharp

Step 8

Start the eye the same way as usual.

chibi shark eyes base
chibi shark eyes

Step 9

To make the shark look dangerous, keep its eye half closed with a wrinkle of anger.

chibi shark angry

Only then add the pupil inside.

chibi shark pupil

Step 10

Finish the drawing!

how to draw a chibi shark

So Cute!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Would you like to see more like this? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, try one of the other drawing tutorials from our site:

And if you're thinking seriously about learning how to draw, try this article—it will tell you everything you need to know!

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