Sheep are gentle domesticated mammals often raised for their wool, milk, or meat. Different terms are used to describe a family of sheep: a group of sheep is called a flock, the male is called a ram, the female a ewe, and the baby a lamb. A person who takes care of sheep is known as a shepherd.
Did you know? Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated by humans. Over one billion domestic sheep are kept on farms around the world.
Sheep have played a role in human culture for millennia. Perhaps the earliest mention of the animal in literature occurs in the Bible book of Genesis, written around 3,500 years ago. Sheep occur as symbols in religions ranging from those of ancient Egypt and Greece, to the Chinese zodiac, to modern Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
In the English language, many colloquial sayings involved sheep. For example, “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” is a person who hides bad intentions; a “black sheep” is someone who differs in opinion or habits from those around him; to “fleece the flock” means to take advantage of churchgoers; and to “pull the wool over one’s eyes” means to trick someone. Today, various sports teams and Dodge Ram branded vehicles use the image of a male sheep as a mascot.
Would you like to draw a sheep today? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps a good eraser. If you have supplies such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints on hand, you may use these to shade your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Sheep
1. Begin the sheep’s face by drawing a curved line. From the first, extend a second curved line, and draw a very short curved line at its opposite end.
2. Enclose the sheep’s open mouth using a short curved line. Then, outline the jaw using a series of curved lines of various lengths.
3. Draw each ear using two curved lines, meeting in a point at the end.
4. Outline the sheep’s woolly back. Do so by connecting a series of very short, curved lines.
5. Finish enclosing the shape of the sheep’s body using short, curved lines. Notice the slightly longer lines, turned outward at a different angle, that indicate the sheep’s tail.
6. Using short, curved lines, draw a tuft of wool from which to extend the front leg. Use two curved lines to draw the leg, noting the outward protrusions at the knee and ankle. Repeat to form all four legs.
7. Draw a hoof to complete each foot, using a triangle with one curved side.
8. Draw the sheep’s horns. Enclose a circular shape around the sheep’s ear. Draw another, smaller half circle within it, denoting the curling shape of the horn. Add texture by banding it with short, curved lines. For the far horn, simply enclose a shape with a short, curved line and band it with straight lines.
9. Draw a circle to denote the eye; shade the circle, leaving an irregular shape unshaded. Draw a short, curved line extending from the top of the eye. Enclose the eyebrow using two short, curved lines. Finally, texture the sheep’s wool using several series of connected and individual short, curved lines.
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