How to Draw a Realistic Elephant Head and Face

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Learn how to draw a great looking Realistic Elephant Head and Face with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Realistic Elephant Head and Face.

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Complete Realistic Elephant Head and Face drawing

Would you like to learn how to draw a realistic elephant head? This easy, step-by-step cartoon elephant drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

Elephants are one of the most recognizable and enigmatic creatures in the world. At ten feet tall and weighing nine tons or more, elephants are the largest of the land animals.

Did you know? Check out these fascinating elephant facts.

There are two modern species of elephants - the larger African elephant and the smaller Asian elephant.

  • There are two modern species of elephants - the larger African elephant and the smaller Asian elephant.
  • In addition to the size differential, you can tell elephants apart by the shape of their ears. African elephant ears are roughly shaped like the African continent.
  • Elephants need a lot of food and water - over 200 pounds of food and 50 gallons of water per day.
  • Baby elephants lose their baby teeth just like you do! Their "baby tusks" fall out after about a year and are replaced by new ones.

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Elephants are often favorite characters in fiction and animation. Famous examples include Dumbo the flying elephant, Horton from Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!, Tantor from Disney's Tarzan, Hathi and others from The Jungle Book, and the numerous characters of Babar the Elephant.

If you've enjoyed this drawing tutorial, you can learn how to draw a complete cartoon elephant or a cute baby elephant.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Hippo, Giraffe, and Baby Tiger.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Realistic Elephant Head & Face

How to Draw a Great Looking Realistic Elephant Head and Face for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the realistic elephant head outline by sketching the eyes. Use two curved lines to craft each of the almond-shaped eyes.

Then, shade a circle inside each eye to indicate the pupil. Draw a curved line above each eye to indicate the upper eyelid.

Easy Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 2

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Contour below each eye with a curved line. Then, draw the sides of the face. Use long curved lines, noticing the bulge of the eye sockets. One side should be a mirror image of the other.

Easy Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 3

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw a long curved line from one brow to the other, enclosing the top of the head. Notice how this line and those around the eyes overlap.

Then, draw a curved line below one eye. It should appear to overlap with the side of the face. This will become the top of the tusk.

Easy Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 4

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Extend two curved lines from the elephant’s face. The lines should be nearly parallel but close the distance as they curve to the side and up. The shorter line should overlap the top of the tusk. These lines form the elephant’s trunk.

Then, draw another line, overlapping the top of the trunk and the side of the face to form the top of the remaining tusk.

Easy Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 5

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Detail the fingerlike tip of the trunk using curved lines. Create the opening of the trunk using a “C” shaped line.

Easy Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 6

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw the tusks by extending a curved line from the base of each tusk and doubling it back upon itself. Then, extend two long lines from the top of the head, beginning the large ears.

Easy Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 7

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Enclose the bottoms of the ears using wavy curved lines.

Add More Details to Your Realistic Elephant Head and Face Picture - Step 8

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Texture the ears with curved lines.

Complete the Outline of Your Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing - Step 9

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your realistic elephant head outline by texturing the trunk with horizontal curved lines.

Color Your Realistic Elephant Head and Face Drawing

Elephant Head and Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon elephant head. Elephant skin is generally grey or brown in color.

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