How to Paint a Kangaroo Face

Updated March 23, 2017

Animal paintings can add a decorative touch to any room in a house. A kangaroo face is a simple drawing to make. By combining a couple of basic shapes and using a limited amount of paint colours, you can paint a kangaroo portrait you'll be proud to hang on any wall in your home or maybe even give to a friend or family member as a gift.

Sketch the kangaroo's face lightly in pencil to begin. Use basic shapes to get the structure and relationships down on the canvas. Draw a triangle that encompasses the area that will compose the head and face area, then two ovals on the top side of the triangle to compose the ears. Keep these lines light so you can erase them as you detail the final shape.

Sketch the details on the face within the basic shape guidelines. Draw the eyes as slight ovals and add shading above them to create a slight brow. Add shaded circles to define the kangaroo's nostrils. Erase the shaped guidelines as you round out the shape of the head, snout and ears.

Begin with white paint and apply it to the underside of the kangaroo's jaw. Clean the brush, then dip it into brown paint and apply strokes of brown beginning just where the white paint ends. Apply the brown paint in short strokes, dragging some of the wet white paint with it. This will create a moderate blending of white and brown as you go up toward the eyes.

Clean your brush thoroughly and apply more brown to the kangaroo. Stay away from the blended areas to allow this brown to go on darker. Use a thin pointed brush for the paint application and allow the application lines to show in the painting to help give the definition of fur.

Paint the kangaroo's eyes black. Allow the paint to dry, then add a little spot of white to give the eye a little reflection.

Touch up parts of your kangaroo's face with darker brown tones after the initial application has dried. This will add shading and give the face definition that will help lift it from the canvas.


Before you begin painting a kangaroo, locate a photograph of one to use as reference while you paint. There are numerous images of kangaroos available online at no charge. These images can help keep you on track as you draw and paint your kangaroo.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Canvas
  • Paint (brown, white, black)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint thinner
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Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.