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Cows are one of the most widely known animals in the world. They are raised on farms for meat, milk, dairy products, and leather. Cows called oxen are used as draft animals, pulling wagons or plows. In some areas, cattle are ridden like horses. Even their manure is put to use, as fertilizer or fuel for fire. In some parts of the world, cows are revered as religious icons.
It is thought that the world’s 1.4 billion cattle were domesticated from about eighty wild aurochs in the country of Turkey, many thousands of years ago. At one time, owning cattle, rather than money, was seen as a sign of a person’s wealth.
It is no surprise, then, that the humble cow has long occupied a place in modern popular culture. Clarabelle Cow is one of the earliest examples, joining Mickey Mouse and other Disney staples as early as 1928. Since then, well known cartoon cows have included children’s adaptations of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox; Cow from the cartoon series Cow and Chicken (1997), and the Chick-fil-a restaurant cows.
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Would you like to draw your very own cartoon cow? Doing so is easy when you follow this step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. You may also wish to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and markers, crayons, or colored pencils to shade your finished drawing.
You will notice that each step of this simple drawing guide is accompanied by an illustration. In each picture, newly added lines are highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines are shown in black. Pay careful attention to erase the guide lines as you go along.
Now, get a moo-ve on and draw your cartoon cow!
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cow
Begin by drawing a circle.
Overlapping the circle, draw an irregular, circular shape.
Within the irregular shape, outline the cow’s snout using a series of curved lines. Enclose another irregular shape, and extend from it two additional curved lines.
Erase the guide lines from the snout.
Draw a curved line along the bottom of the head, forming the jaw. Draw two more curved lines along the top of the head.
Erase the guide lines from the head.
Extend three curved lines from the head, allowing the lines to meet in a blunt point. This forms the ear.
Extend three curved lines from the opposite side of the head, enclosing the other ear.
Draw a large oval alongside the head.
Connect the oval to the head using two long, curved lines. These lines will also outline the shape of the cow’s neck and back.
Erase the guide lines formed by the large oval.
Extend two sets of wavy, curving lines from the middle of the body. These lines will form the near legs.
Extend two sets of curved lines from the stomach. These lines will form the far legs.
Erase the guide lines from the legs.
Draw a hoof at the end of each foot. To draw a hoof, connect the leg lines using a diagonal, curved line. Then, extend a slightly curved line from the ends of each diagonal line. Allow the lines to meet at a rounded right angle.
Extend two long, parallel lines from the rear of the figure, forming the tail. Draw a teardrop shape at the bottom of the tail. Draw several curved lines running the length of the teardrop shape.
Draw a horn above each ear, using two curved lines for each. Allow the lines to meet at a point.
Draw an udder extending from the stomach, using a curved line with several “U” shaped protrusions. Draw spots on the cow, enclosing irregular shapes with curved lines.
For each eye, draw a curved line and enclose a semi-circle above it. Draw an oval within the semi-circle, and shade the oval. Draw a curved line above each eye. Draw and shade two ovals on the snout to form nostrils, and draw a curved line across the bottom of the mouth.
Color your cow. Cows come in many colors, ranging from black to brown to white, some with spots and others with stripes. Dairy cows are typically white with black spots, and pink accents on the ears, snout, and udder.
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