this is a step by step tutorial on how to draw cartoon meerkats. trust me, it me years to get it right!
after mastering of how to draw meerkats, you can be sure to draw them in any position. this pose is going to be sitting down. to start off, draw a circle for the head, a smaller circle for the chest and a bigger circle for the hips and then connect them, making sure the second circle doesn't poke out too much.
when you're happy with the result and the circles connect, its time to draw the two most visible legs. the shoulder is a simple circle and two circles underneath it. the second small circle you draw will be the knee cap. the last one is the paw base. connect the circles together as shown. do the same to back leg. note: the back leg is bigger and only requires two connected circles as shown
next, erase all the overlapping lines so your meerkat should look like this. rub out a little gap at the very bottom of your meerkat for the tail and draw it curling under your back leg. after that, draw a small circle in the head so it touches the edge of the host circle for the snout area as shown.
now for the feet and base shapes of the head. For the back leg, draw fat toes at the end of the leg as shown. For the front leg, draw the same but make your toes sharper and thiner. (Note: meerkats only have four toes on each foot).
up to the head now, draw a circular line inside the side of the circle for the temple. then draw a loopy ear and a small inner part of the ear as shown. for the nose, draw a roundish triangular shape inside the snout circle and draw small wavy lines for the lips.
before we detail up the face, we need to rub out any uneccassary lines (e.g. the feet lines and the curved line that sticks out from the head) so it should look clear as shown. to draw the snout, draw from the lips, up around the nose to how high you want your eyes. (note: be sure to leave space for a fringe). Where ever your snout ends, draw a funny circle as shown for the side eye. then draw a bigger circle in the open space of the head, making sure that the eyes are resonably identical. then lastly for this step, draw a smaller ear coming out the side next to the eye as shown.
now for the deatil... (this step does not include on how to draw fur) detail parts up by fluffing up the side of the meerkat's head, along with a fringe (it can be any style you want, even punk)! add triangle stripes on his/her back and tip for the tail as shown. now for the belly line. start at the nose and come up to next to the eye as shown. come down (drawing fur as you go) until it reaches the shoulder blade. continue the belly line in between the two legs. Don't forget to draw the second front leg! next step, you'll learn about eyes in the next step.
for the eyes, draw a fat ovally shape that points forwards as shown and colour a thick layer of it in black. this meerkat is a boy, so he doesn't have eyelashes (see next step on how to draw girl eyes). then draw a circle in that circle for a pupil. don't colour it in yet... draw a smaller circle in the pupil for the shine. then do the same to the other eye. Make sure the pupils are facing the same way (unless he's crosseyed). Also be sure that the shines are facing the same was too like shown. colour in the pupil, making sure the shine stays white.
for the girl meerkats, simple wavy eyelashes are required. It can be from 2, to 8 if you want, or even 1 big eyelash. Be sure that each eye has the same number of eyelashes.
meerkat's fur varys from a tanny colour to a light brown. their stomach is a usally light cream or light grey. Their stripes, tail tip, ear and nose are all different shades of dark brown. you can even colour his eyes any colour you want!!!!!
if you can and if you want, you can add shading and there you have it! A complete meerkat sitting down! if you want, you can add extra patches of markings around the meerkat, rl meerkats have that too! Don't forget to colour in the dark markings around their eyes! Go to bonus step if you want to learn how to draw meerkats claws.
this is a meerkat when the meerkat is standing up. It curls in more and the arm on the other side curls in too.
Hope you enjoyed reading my tutorial. Grab a peice of paper and have a go yourself, how did you do? Hope it worked out fine!