Drawing baby Elephants.
How to draw a baby elephant.
Standing baby elephant.
In this tutorial I will show you a simple and easy way to draw a standing baby elephant as shown in the picture.
Baby elephants body
The first thing you will need to do is to draw a large circle and then an oval at one end as shown below.
Once you have drawn your circle and your oval you will then need to join them together with the shape of your baby elephants body as shown below.
Notice how I have used the lines to define the shape of the elephants back by first adding a curving line from the top center of both the circle and the oval.
First start from the top of the oval which will form your elephants head. Using a gentle inward curve draw a line that will run above the circle and which will then need to curve back down to meet it just past the mid point at the top. This will form the shape of the elephants back as shown above.
You will then need to start at just above the bottom center of the oval as shown with an X, you will need to draw a small curving line up and back with a small kink at the end which forms the elephants mouth. You then continue your line by curving it down and outward until it meets the lower side of the circle forming the elephants neck and stomach.
You now have your basic body shape and are ready for the next step.
Baby elephants basic shape.
Legs, Trunks and tail.
You are now ready to add the legs, tail and trunk to your baby elephant.
Adding the legs is easier than it looks. The first thing to do is to start at the back of the elephants body marked XX to hopefully make it easier to understand. you will be extending the line of the circle down at a slight angle to form the back of the knee Y, and then slightly back and down again until you reach the foot, Z. You can then add the rest of your baby elephants legs as shown above. The front leg is also very simple as it is basically two straight lines connected at their base to form a rectangle.
Once you have added the legs you can then add the elephants trunk by extending the line on the outside edge of the oval marked A down to the end of the trunk, B which will be just below the elephants knee. Next add a similar line beside it that starts at the edge of the curve that you drew earlier as point X, and follows a similar line down to the end of the trunk, C, where you can join them together with a small oval which forms the end of the elephants trunk.
Once this is done add the tail as shown above. Again all you are doing is extending the line of your circle and then returning with a similar line back to the elephants body.
To get the basic head shape you will need to slightly reduce the size of your oval by continuing your line from the point marked X up and round so that it is touching the edge of your circle. Continue your new line up, over and back down to the outside edge of your existing oval, making sure that the top of the new oval sits inside the original as shown.
Your Baby elephant is now starting to take shape so it is now time to begin adding the detail.
Adding the detail to your baby elephant.
The next thing to do is to add the ears and the eyes. You will see in the example that only one eye is visible. This is because an
elephants eyes are positioned on the side of its head just back from the trunk. Its ears are also positioned on the side of its head starting approximately a third of the way in at the top of its head and then sweeping out and down to about half way down its head and then back in. In the example the ears are almost rectangles but the lines have been altered to to form
the shape of the elephants ears. Once you have added the ears you can add the elephants eye. This is just a very small triangle, or V shape if you prefer with a small eyebrow positioned above it.
You are now ready to bring your drawing to life.
The first thing you will need to do is to tidy up your picture by removing all the unwanted outlines with an eraser and then adding in any missing lines, for example at the top of the elephants legs where they meet the body and on the elephants trunk, as shown below.
If you are struggling with your elephant outline you can get a free elephant template by clicking the image.
Once you have tidied up your picture you can then begin to add your colour and tone to it.
It does not matter if you use paints, crayons, or any other media to finish your picture, just enjoy doing it and be proud of what you have achieved. If you just want to produce a pencil sketch of your baby elephant then it may help to visit our tutorial on How to draw an elephant. for a more detailed description on how to bring your elephant to life.
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