How to Draw a Camel

The camel is a large mammal famous for its characteristic humps and its ability to survive in the desert. While it is a myth that camels store water in their humps – the humps are actually made of fat – camels can go up to 10 days without drinking water, possibly losing 30 percent of their body mass in the process. When water becomes available, the camel can drink more than 50 gallons in only three minutes.

Did you know? There are two types of camels – those with one hump, and those with two. You can easily remember their names. How? Dromedary camels, like the one in this tutorial, have one hump, like the letter “D” turned on its side. Bactrian camels have two humps, like the letter “B” turned on its side.

Camels have been domesticated for thousands of years. As such, they are often featured in the art of lands such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

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Camels have long been used for transportation, wool, milk, and meat. Camels are also used in circuses, as competitive racing animals, and as military mounts. Most camels alive today are domesticated.

Would you like to draw a dromedary camel? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Rocks, River, and Desert.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ ​a ​Camel

How to Draw Camel

1. ​Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the camel’s head.

2. ​Draw another, larger circle some distance from the first. This will help you to draw the camel’s body.

3.​ ​​Connect the head to the body by drawing the neck and shoulders. Extend a pair of parallel, curved lines from the head. Notice how the lines diverge from one another before connecting to the larger circle of the body.

4. ​​​​​​​​​​​Detail the camel’s head. Use a series of curved lines to sketch the back of the head, the forehead, the snout, and lower jaw.

5.​​ ​Draw the rear legs, using a pair of curved lines for each. Notice how the shape of the leg widens at the thigh, and thins above the knee and ankle. Note, too, the pointed nature of the knee. Enclose the bottom of the foot using a curved line, and separate the toes by drawing short lines across the front of each foot.

​6.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Draw the camel’s front legs. As with the rear legs, use two curved lines for each. Notice that the lines are wider near the shoulder, pointed at the knee, and narrow at the ankle. Enclose the foot using a short, curved line, and use additional short lines to indicate the toes.

​7. ​​​​​​Erase the guide lines from the camel, leaving a clean outline of the animal.

​8.​​​ ​Detail the camel’s face. Draw a backwards “C” shaped line to form the ear, erasing guide lines as necessary. Detail the ear by placing a smaller “C” shaped line within it. Draw an oval to indicate the nostril, and a small teardrop shape for the eye. Shade a small circle within the eye to form the pupil, and use a short, curved line above the eye to indicate the eyebrow.

9. ​Use two curved lines, meeting at a point, to enclose the tail. Draw a teardrop shape to indicate the tuft of fur. Give the tuft a hairy texture by drawing curved lines down its length.

​10. ​Color your camel. They are usually tan or brown in color.

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