How to Draw a Baby Elephant

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Elephants are the largest land animals on earth. This huge animal is recognized by its characteristic large ears, long, forward-facing teeth called tusks, and its unique snakelike nose, called a trunk.

Elephants have appeared in art since ancient times. They were used to represent strength, loyalty, wisdom, and other positive qualities.

Many modern films have featured elephants, and more than a few have seen baby elephants such as this one in staring or supporting roles. Disney films, for instance, that contain baby elephant characters include Dumbo (1941, 2019), The Jungle Book (1967), and Tarzan (1999).

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Did you know? In The Jungle Book, Colonel Hathi and the elephants of the Jungle Patrol sing about “a military goal.” In ancient Rome and India, elephants were trained not only to carry people or objects, but to fight in battles. Military units that used these war elephants were called “elephantry.”

Would you like to draw an adorable baby elephant? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step animal drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Baby Elephant

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing an oval or circle. This will form the elephant’s head.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 2

2. Extend a long, curved line from one side of the oval. Allow it to travel beneath the oval and attach to it on the opposite side. This outlines the lower half of the elephant’s face – the chin and cheeks.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 3

3. Draw the elephant’s trunk by extending a pair of curved lines from the middle of the face. Enclose them at the end with an egg shape. Draw two small ovals within the egg shape to form the nostrils, and detail the top of the trunk with horizontal curved lines.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 4

4. Erase guide lines from the elephant’s face.

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How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 5

5. Use curved lines to outline the elephant’s ears. Notice the pointed tip. Then, draw a slightly smaller shape within each ear, parallel to the original outline. Draw a few curved lines extending from the head.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 6

6. Detail the elephant’s face. Draw a few short, curved lines at the top of the head to form a tuft of hair. For each eye, draw a horizontal curved line and enclose an oval above it. Then draw a circle containing a smaller circle and a tiny oval. Shade the smaller circle to form the pupil. Finally, enclose a curved shape above each eye to indicate the eyebrows.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 7

7. Draw the front legs using overlapping “U” shaped lines. Then, use small “U” shaped lines to enclose the toenails.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 8

8. Use curved lines to outline the elephant’s shoulders and rear legs. Enclose an oval at the bottom of each foot, and use small “U” shaped lines to indicate the toenails. Draw a spiral shape on each knee.

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How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 9

9. Draw a pair of lines to form the elephant’s tail. At its tip, extend curved lines and allow them to meet in several jagged points. This forms the tuft of hair at the tip of the tail.

How to Draw Baby Elephant: Step 10

Color your baby elephant. Elephants are typically grey or brown in color. Circus elephants are at times painted white or other colors.

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