How to Draw a Kangaroo

How to Draw a Kangaroo – A Fun and Easy Kangaroo Sketch

G’day mate! Today we will be taking a trip down to Australia, home to the well-known kangaroos. Did you know kangaroos are also called Joeys? And no, not the Joey from “Friends”, but new-born kangaroos are referred to as Joeys. When they are born, they are the size of a jellybean! Kangaroos are also known to pack a powerful kick and punch, therefore, it is quite fitting that a group of kangaroos is called a mob. Let’s punch our way through today’s easy and fun tutorial on how to draw a kangaroo. 



How to Draw a Kangaroo With an Easy 11-Step Guide 

Today, we have a fun and exhilarating drawing tutorial on how to draw a kangaroo! We will take you through a detailed step-by-step guide that will end with your creating a realistic kangaroo drawing. Follow along and you will see just how easy a kangaroo drawing can be! The below kangaroo collage shows you all the steps you will take to draw a native Australian Kangaroo. 

Kangaroo Drawing Collage


Step 1: Draw the Body 

Begin by drawing a slightly tilted oval that will represent the body of your kangaroo drawing. Above this, draw a smaller oval shape to represent the head. 

Kangaroo Drawing 01


Step 2: Outline the Main Body 

Using the previously drawn construction lines to guide you, begin to outline a more realistic shape for your kangaroo drawing. Include a face, jaw, and ears outline for your kangaroo. 

Kangaroo Drawing 02


Step 3: Draw the Legs and Arms to Your Kangaroo Outline 

Begin by drawing a curving thigh line, within the main body, and leading onto two feet of your kangaroo drawing. The feet should be long and flat. Continue by drawing the arms, which should protrude from the upper area of the main body. 

Kangaroo Drawing 03


Step 4: Add the Tail to Your Kangaroo Outline  

Attached to the lower end of your kangaroo, draw a long, flat tail. Within the main body, draw fine streak lines to represent the rough and furry texture of your kangaroo sketch. Within the head, fill in two eyes and add nostrils. 

Once completed, you can erase any construction lines that are no longer needed. 

Kangaroo Drawing 04


Step 5: Add the First Coat of Color 

With a regular brush and gray paint, begin to evenly color the entire kangaroo drawing. 

Kangaroo Drawing 05


Step 6: Secondary Color Coat 

To achieve a more realistic fur tone, we are going to apply some color blends to your easy kangaroo drawing. Select a small, soft brush and brown paint, and paint rough brushstrokes along the main body and lightly on the tail, legs, arms, and ears. Continue using dark gray paint and paint soft shading along the body, legs, and arms. 

Begin to paint the tips of each hand and foot with black paint. Continue to fill in the eyes, mouth, and nostrils. Remember, the first coat of color should still be visible.

Continue with a soft brush and white paint, and paint soft highlights along the tail, legs, chest, ears, and around the facial structure area. Finish this step with a blending brush to create an even fade between the colors. 

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Step 7: Texture the Face

In this step, you will make use of a rough textured brush and white paint, and begin to dab along the facial structure, neck, and ears. This will create a texture layer of fur. Repeat using dark gray or black paint. 

Kangaroo Drawing 07


Step 8: Texture the Rest of the Body 

Use the same brush as previously and switching to white paint, dab along the main body, arms, legs, and tail. Repeat using dark gray or black paint. Switch to a fine brush and add additional texture lines within the tail using white paint. 

Kangaroo Drawing 08


Step 9: Begin With Final Touch Ups 

Use a small, soft brush and brown, gray, and black paint, and add additional texture along the tail and main body. In doing this, you are creating an additional layer of soft fur. Continue with white paint and begin adding highlights along the structure of the tail, legs, and forearms. 

Complete this step with black paint, and apply a soft shadow along each eye to create a realistic shape structure. 

Easy Kangaroo Drawing 09


Step 10: Add a Ground Shadow 

Make use of a soft brush and either black or gray paint, and paint a dark spot directly underneath your kangaroo drawing. With a clean soft brush, begin to gently fade the edges of the spot. 

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Step 11: Finalize Your Easy Kangaroo Drawing 

To complete your kangaroo sketch, select a fine brush and the corresponding colors and trace the entire kangaroo outline. This will ensure that any visible construction or texture lines will be removed and a flawless look can be achieved.

Kangaroo Outline 11


You have just completed your amazing kangaroo drawing! Everybody down under would be honored by your spectacular drawing of their native kangaroo. Before we get too carried away, we hope you have gained some experience from this drawing tutorial, and will be able to put it to use with anything else you decide to draw. Happy drawing, and we will see you soon! 



Frequently Asked Questions 


How Do You Add Texture to a Kangaroo Drawing? 

To create texture in any drawing and ensure it looks realistic, it is important to add layers. Adding layers, coupled with fine brushstrokes, will add a nice layer of texture to your drawing. Don’t forget to also add different mid-tones such as highlights and shadows. This will add value to your texture and make it look realistic. 


How to Draw a Kangaroo Step-by-Step? 

Our drawing tutorial will teach you how to create an easy kangaroo drawing in just 11 steps! We have a detailed step-by-step guide that will take you through the entire process from creating basic shapes to adding highlights and shadows. Once you get the hang of it, it is super easy! 


Cite this Article

Matthew, Matthysen, “How to Draw a Kangaroo – A Fun and Easy Kangaroo Sketch.” Art in Context. March 1, 2023. URL:

Matthysen, M. (2023, 1 March). How to Draw a Kangaroo – A Fun and Easy Kangaroo Sketch. Art in Context.

Matthysen, Matthew. “How to Draw a Kangaroo – A Fun and Easy Kangaroo Sketch.” Art in Context, March 1, 2023.

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