How to draw a baby Elephant-elephant calf in water.
Drawing baby Elephants.
A bathing baby elephant.
In this tutorial I will show you a simple and easy way to draw a bathing baby elephant as shown in the picture.
Baby elephants body
The first thing you will need to do is to draw a 45 degree angle and then inside that add a 90 degree angle coming off the top line as shown below.
Once you have drawn your 45 and 90 degree angles you will then need to add a large circle inside it making sure that it fits snugly inside the angles
as shown below.
Notice how the circle touch's all three of the lines that form your 45 degree angle. This is important as it will help you get the proportions of your bathing baby elephants body correct.
Once you have done this you will then need to draw a large hoop shape at the top of the circle making sure that the solid back edge of the hoop starts about 2⁄3rds of the way over the circle, and the open end of the hoop touch's the line that forms your 45 degree angle. You will also need to make sure that the bottom line of the hoop sits just below the line of the
circle, as shown below. The reason for this will become more clear as we progress.
Drawing the baby elephants head.
The first thing you need to do is to draw the basic outline of the elephants head. To do this you will need to closely follow the steps below.
Step 1: To draw the basic shape of the elephants head you need to imagine the wider part at the front of its head as a circle and the narrower part at the back as an oval. By doing this you will be able to form the shape more easily.
Step 2: In the next step the first thing you will notice is that I have slightly adjusted the back of my elephants head by making the the oval shape at the back narrower and sloping my circle more to meet it. This was done by preference as I felt it gave a more convincing shape to the elephants head, but it is not compulsory. Once you have done this you will then need to add a smaller circle as can be seen above in the top back corner and use it as a basic shape to form an ear. After you have done that you will need to draw a curving line on the bottom edge of the elephants head as shown in the example to form the cheek and eye socket. It is basically a hoop shape with the ends flared out.
Step 3: With this done you will then need to extend the lines at the front of the elephants head to form the starting points for its trunk. Once this is done you can then add the other ear as can be seen in the example above and below. You will also need to add a small circle inside the hooped part of the curved line to form the eye as can be seen also.
Now you have drawn the basic baby elephants head you are now ready to follow the next steps below to add its trunk and legs.
Adding the trunk to your baby elephant.
Continuing with the lines that you extended in step 3, first draw a long curved line from point X and continue it to about
half way down the elephants body making sure that you curve it up at its end. You will then need to do the same from point Y
but as you draw your curve this time make sure that it narrows toward the end of the elephants trunk and again, curve it up slightly. With that done you can then join the two ends up to form the end of the elephants trunk.
Adding the baby elephants legs.
The next thing to do is to draw in its legs. This is very easy to do as it only involves drawing a few more lines to finish the outline of your bathing baby elephant.
The first thing to do is to draw a short curved line on the bottom of your elephant's trunk. Shown in red in the example.
You will then need to draw in your next leg shown in blue, and finally his back leg shown in green. As you can see in the example, the elephants back leg (shown in green) meets the edge of the large circle that you drew earlier and forms the complete body shape.
Now all that is left to do is to join the end of each leg together with a small curve giving the leg the illusion that it is submerged under the water.
Next you will need to tidy up your picture.
To do this rub out all your guidelines so that you are left with just the outline of your baby elephant.
All you need to do now is add a few squiggly lines around the elephant's feet and body to create the illusion of water and then add a few details to its body using small squiggles and curves and you have your finished Bathing baby elephant drawing ready to colour in.
If you are struggling with your elephant outline you can get a free elephant template
by clicking the completed image.
You can now begin to add your colour and tone to the picture. It does not matter if you use paints, crayons, or any other media to finish your picture, but 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.
When you have finished your Bathing baby elephant picture you should have something that looks like this.
Always remember that practice makes perfect!!