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How to Draw a Peanut

"No more rhymes, now, I mean it."
"Anybody want a peanut?"
- Vizzini and Fezzik, The Princess Bride

The peanut is a favorite salty snack, often linked with childhood memories of circuses or airplane rides, where roasted, salted peanuts are provided as snacks. Peanuts are also called groundnuts, earthnuts, monkey nuts, or goobers.

Did you know? Unlike most "nuts," the peanut does not grow on trees. It is a legume in the bean or pea family. The nuts are the seeds, and following the pollination of a sweetpea-like yellow flower, the stems grow downward into the soil and the nuts mature under the ground. The peanut plant is native to the tropical regions of South America, but is now grown in warm areas around the world.

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Do elephants love to eat peanuts? This is a common trope in cartoons and animation such as Disney's Dumbo. The answer is no; this myth probably arose from nineteenth-century zoos and circuses that made extra money selling bags of peanuts for visitors to feed to elephants and other animals. Wild elephants don't eat peanuts, as they don't grow in their native range. Peanuts are used in some bird seed mixes, however, and the plants may be used as hay for livestock.

Peanuts, in fact, have many uses - over 300. Many of these were discovered by George Washington Carver. Peanuts are used to make foods and frying oils, most notably peanut butter, as well as paints, polishes, insecticides, cosmetics, textiles, plastic, and more.

Would you like to draw a cartoon peanut? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon 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: Bread, Popcorn, and Orange.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Peanut

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How to Draw a Peanut Step 01

1. Begin by outlining the shape of a peanut. Draw two curved lines that connect at a very gentle point at one end.

Peanut drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Peanut Step 02

2. Draw the other side of the peanut, completely enclosing the shape with a long curved line. Note the bulge at the end of the peanut.

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Peanut drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Peanut Step 03

3. Draw a long curved line within the peanut. At one end, double it back upon itself in a loose spiral shape until it encloses an egg-like shape. This encloses the edible nut within the shell.

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4. Draw a curved line from the egg-shaped peanut to the other end of the line. This encloses an empty space where another edible nut once was. Texture this space with curved lines and cross-hatching.

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5. Draw curved lines of various lengths along one side of the peanut, roughly parallel to the top of the shell, in order to add a rough texture to the shell.

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6. Draw short curved lines at the end of the peanut shell, and vertical curved lines along its side to create a cross-hatching pattern. Then, use a long curved line to enclose an egg shape, gently pointed on its narrow end, and partially hidden by the first peanut shell. This forms another nut. Then, draw a curved line from this nut to the side of the shell.

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How to Draw a Peanut Step 07

7. Use a long curved line to enclose the shape of another peanut. Note the two humps on the top and the gentle point at one end.

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How to Draw a Peanut Step 08

8. Draw curved lines along the shell of the second peanut to give it a rough texture.

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How to Draw a Peanut Step 09

9. Draw vertical curved lines across the peanut shell to create a crosshatch pattern.

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How to Draw a Peanut Step 10

Color your cartoon peanut. Peanuts are usually brown in color.

Hungry for more? Grab a slice of this drawing guide to create your own peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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