In this really easy drawing tutorial you will learn to draw a simple giraffe.
Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. They are known for their long necks, which they use to reach tasty leaves high in the trees. Although their necks are very long, they contain the same number of bones as your own neck – only the bones are much, much bigger!
Giraffes are also unique in that they have four stomachs rather than one. This helps them to digest tough leaves and twigs. Another adaptation is the giraffe’s fifteen inch long tongue. The giraffe’s tongue is tough and covered in hair so that it can pull leaves from thorny trees.
Giraffes have long played a role in human culture. Societies across Africa depicted the giraffe in their dance, mythology, and art. The largest petroglyphs, or rock carvings, in the world picture two life-sized giraffes. The ancient Egyptians kept giraffes as pets and gave them their own hieroglyphic symbol. The surrealist painter Salvador Dali included flaming giraffes in his paintings. Melman the giraffe played a supporting role in the 2005 film Madagascar, and Geoffrey the giraffe has been the “spokesanimal” of the Toys “R” Us stores since the 1950’s.
Would you like to draw your own giraffe? Doing so has never been easier, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. Do you have a pencil and paper? That’s all you’ll need to stick your neck out and draw this interesting animal.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Giraffe
1. Begin by drawing two circles, one hovering high above the other. The upper circle will form the giraffe’s head, while the lower circle will form the portion of the body at the base of his neck.
2. Draw a pair of curved lines connecting the two circles. This forms the giraffe’s long neck.
3. Using a curved line, enclose a partial oval shape on the front of the giraffe’s head. This forms the giraffe’s face and mouth.
4. Draw an oval beside the shoulder, the circle at the base of the neck. This oval will form the hips of the rear legs.
5. Using two slightly curved lines, connect the circle and the oval, outlining the back and stomach. From the hips, extend a pair of curved lines, allowing the lines to meet in a point. Draw a teardrop shape below this point. This forms the giraffe’s tail with a tuft of fur at the end.
6. Giraffes have two hard, bony horns on the tops of their heads. Draw these by extending two sets of curved, parallel lines from the head. Atop each set of lines, enclose a circle. Then, draw the ear using two curved lines, allowing the lines to meet in a point.
7. Erase the guide lines from the giraffe’s head, neck, and body.
8. Draw the giraffe’s legs. For each leg, extend a set of curved, parallel lines downward from the body. Enclose each foot using a short, curved line. Note how the lines diverge at the top of the rear leg, outlining the curve of the hip and thigh.
9. Add detail to your giraffe. Draw a circle to form the eye, then draw a smaller circle within it. Shade the inner circle, forming the pupil. Draw another small circle on the tip of the snout to form the nostril. Add dimension to the ear by drawing a curved line. Enclose the hooves by drawing a horizontal, curved line across the bottom of each leg. Draw irregular shapes of various sizes all over the giraffe’s body to form spots.
10. Color your giraffe. Giraffes typically have sandy brown, tan, or yellow fur, with darker brown spots.
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