How to Draw an Ocelot

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Ocelot in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Ocelot.

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How to Draw an Ocelot - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head, making sure to leave bumps for the ears, chin, and nose.

Step 2: Draw a semi-circle to define the left ear and close the gap and add a line for the right ear. Draw a line for the mouth, and make a circle with a dot in it for the nose. Finish the face by adding an oval with a dot in it for the eye.

Step 3: Draw the body by use two lines continuing from the head. Have the top line curve down at the end and the bottom line curve left.

Step 4: Draw the front leg with two vertical lines that start within the body and meet at a foot. Add short lines for the toes.

Step 5: Draw the other front leg much like the first, only with some of it hidden behind the other leg.

Step 6: Draw the hind leg wider than the front leg. Also draw the bottom and have the paw extend outward longer than the front feet.

Step 7: Draw the tail with two long lines heading down and to the left meeting at a curve.

Step 8: Draw the other hind leg by making a large bump to the left of the hind leg and a diagonal line to the right of it. Your Ocelot is now done!

Interesting Facts about Ocelots

Ocelots are medium-sized wild cats that dwell in the jungles of certain South American countries. They can also be found in Arizona, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mexico. Other than jungles, they live in grasslands and marshes. They also inhabit the Andes Mountains. Ocelots prefer to live in areas with an abundance of vegetation.

Did you know?

  • Ocelots are also known as painted leopards because they also have spotted coats.
  • Ocelots can move as fast as 38 miles per hour.
  • Ocelots live alone. Male ocelot territories are usually twice the size of females’.
  • The average lifespan of ocelots is 8 to 12 years.
  • Ocelots are carnivores that hunt mainly at nighttime. Their diet is very diverse, consisting of a variety of seafood, reptiles, rodents, and mammals. Their diet depends mainly on where they live.
  • In the 1960s and 70s, ocelots were hunted by humans for their fur. Laws have been put in place to protect the population because they were at risk of becoming extinct.

Ancient cultures worshipped the ocelot, which was depicted in their artwork. This was particularly common amongst the Moche people in Peru. Ocelots were sometimes kept as pets. Salvador Dali, the famous artist, was well-known for traveling with his beloved ocelot named Babou.