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.
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
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.
Draw a curved line along the bottom of the head, forming the jaw. Draw two more curved lines along the top of the head.
Extend three curved lines from the head, allowing the lines to meet in a blunt point. This forms the ear.
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.
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.
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