How To Draw A Giraffe

Today we are going to steer away from the cartoons a bit, and learn how to draw a giraffe.

What you’ll need:

To start our giraffe, we are going to draw two simple shapes. A very stout square which will become the giraffe’s body. And, of course, a long rectangle for its neck.

Now we need to draw two ovals on either side of the giraffe’s body. These ovals will be the shoulder and thigh of the giraffe, which will give us a good idea of where to put its legs.

We are going to draw the leg as one single step. As you can see from the image on the left, the giraffe’s legs are very thin and long. The leg should be about three times the height of the giraffe’s body, with a very small horse-like hoof at the end.

For the rear leg, we are essentially going to repeat the previous step, only making it just barely shorter than the front leg.

Also, we can draw a small oval which will be a place marker for the giraffe’s head.

Repeating the same techniques you used to draw the two legs of the giraffe facing the viewer, draw the other pair of legs on the other side of the animal’s body.

Now we are going to focus a little bit on the head of the giraffe. Looking at the image on the left, cut out the shapes you see from the oval you drew previously.

Erase all the lines that you cut out from your oval, and you should be left with a head that is starting to look like it belongs to a giraffe.

Give your giraffe a couple small horns and ears.

To complete the head of our giraffe, all that is left to do is to give it a couple very large eyes, and small slits for nostrils.

At this point, your giraffe should be pretty much complete. All that’s left to do is to give it a short tail, and of course, it’s striking blotchy pattern.

As you can see from the image on the left, the pattern is very forgiving, just draw in a bunch of large splotches that almost look like tiles on a floor.

These blotches should be largest near the center of the giraffe’s body and neck, and get smaller as they run down the legs and near the belly.

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