Animal prints keep being part of the runway shows season after season. I guess that designers just love drawing these fun patters in their sketchbooks. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw leopard (chetah) print in few easy to follow steps and hopefully you will also start to create beautiful designs inspired by the animals world. Have fun!
Step 1: Draw the spots
Once you have your design ready you need to set the number and the scale of your prints. Draw circles to indicate the places of the spots. Drawing them, remember to vary their sizes, or the pattern will look monotonous and boring.
Tip: Notice how some of the circles that touch the outlines of the dress are cut in half. This helps a lot to give your design more 3-dimensional and realistic look. See also that some circles are half hidden under the belt. This is how clothes look in real life, use it!
Step 2: Start the fun
Begin drawing the first elements of your leopard print. Use the circles base and distort their form anyway you like, as long as you stay close to the original size. Don’t go crazy with the distortion, though. Choose circles that don’t stay too close to each other.
Tip: This pattern shape goes best with the smallest spots, but you can apply it as you want.
When you are ready – fill the spots with a dark color. Don’t try to make it perfect. In fact – the messier you color it, the better.
Step 3: Second shape
The next shape typical for leopard print is the “C”- like. Follow the circles and draw a distorted arch. Rotate the shape at every angle possible to make the pattern interesting. See in the example illustration how this shape is cut apart from dress’s outline too.
Fill the new shapes.
Step 4: Special leopard spots
The third shape that can be seen on leopard coats is “the twins”. Build it by drawing the previous one and adding it’s reflection to the opposite side of the circle. The reflection can be smaller, bigger or wider. It does not have to be exactly the same as your “C” shape.
Fill the new shapes.
Step 5: Background color
When you have filled your design with the print, have a second look at it. Does it need an extra spot somewhere? If it does - go ahead and draw it.
Then color the whole design with a color you choose. It doesn’t have to be something orange or brown- experiment with pink, blue, grey...anything you want. It’s fashion!
Step 6: Finishing details
Now it’s time to color the inner parts of the “opened” shapes. Use with slightly darker color than the background one and again, don’t try to make it perfect. You can skip this step if you are happy how your design looks already and you don’t want to go too realistic.
This is what drawing leopard print is all about. Quick and easy! Have fun with this amazing animal print and unleash your creativity!