How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show

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"You don't mess with Animal. He eats glass, man."
- Frank Oz, puppeteer

Animal is a frenzied Muppet monster who plays the drums in the fictional band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

Animal first appeared on The Muppet Show in 1975.

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Would you like to draw Animal? This easy, step-by-step Muppet drawing guide is here to help.

All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker 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: Miss Piggy from the Muppet Show, Gonzo from the Muppet Show, and Fozzie Bear from the Muppet Show.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Animal from the Muppet Show

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing three circles. The central circle will form the nose, the upper circles the eyes. Shade a small circle in each of the eyes to form the pupils.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 2

2. Sketch in the top of Animal's face. First, use short lines that meet at points to enclose a flattened, rounded shape around the eyes. Then, use similar short lines to enclose a jagged, somewhat rectangular shape beneath the nose and the earlier shape. Draw a curved line below each eye.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 3

3. Draw Animal's mouth using three "U" shaped lines. Use hatching to shade the tongue. Draw rounded triangles of different sizes along the bottom of the mouth to form teeth. Shade the largest teeth with hatching.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 4

4. Draw the furry edges of Animal's head. Use curved lines of different lengths, and allow them to meet in jagged points. Add a furry texture by drawing similar lines on the top of the head and below the eyes.

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How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 5

5. Draw Animal's collar and chain. Draw rounded triangles to form the collar's spikes, and a curved line for the bottom of the collar. For each link of the chain, draw an oval within an oval. Where the links overlap, erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 6

6. Outline Animal's shirt using curved lines. Then, draw a pair of curved lines parallel to the opening of the sleeve, and another to the opening of the shirt. Use two long parallel lines to draw Animal's raised arm, and curved and "U" shaped lines to craft his hand. Extend parallel lines from each side of his hand, and enclose them at each end using short curved lines. This forms the drum stick.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 7

7. Outline the opposite side of Animal's shirt. Again, draw a pair of curved lines parallel to the opening. Use a pair of curved lines to sketch the arm, and overlapping ovals for the fingers. Extend parallel lines from each side of the hand, enclosing one with a curved line and the other with a jagged line to indicate a broken drum stick. Draw the remaining portion of the drum stick at a perpendicular angle, and draw small "V" shaped lines to indicate the snap.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 8

8. Draw a rectangular shape to form the torso. At the bottom of this shape, draw a series of "V" shaped lines. Then, use pairs of lines to fashion Animal's rope belt, banded with curved lines. Then, draw two descending lines, and enclose the figure with a series of curved "V" shaped lines. This indicates the torn skin of the drum from which Animal is emerging.

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How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 9

9. Draw two ovals around the base of the figure, forming the face of the drum. Draw two descending lines, then enclose the drum with a pair of curved lines. Decorate it with large "V" shaped lines and pairs of straight lines, capped on each end with short curved lines.

How to Draw Animal from the Muppet Show: Step 10

Color Animal. He is typically bright red or orange in color.

Then, head on over to our character drawing guides, where you'll find his friends Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and more.

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