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How to Draw Donkey Kong Pixel Art

Easy, step by step Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing tutorial
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Donkey Kong is one of the most famous video game characters of all time. The cartoon gorilla first appeared in the 1981 "Donkey Kong" video game. Since then, Donkey Kong has appeared in countless cartoons, movies and video games.

Donkey Kong frequently appears with other popular cartoon and video game characters like Super Mario. As a tribute to the original games, you can use this guide to draw a pixel version of Donkey Kong. This art style uses squares (or "pixels") and simple colors to create a digital character.

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As you draw your cartoon Donkey Kong, note that there are two types of lines: thick black lines that make up the pixels and thin lines that separate the colors on the body. Start with a pencil, then use pens, markers, crayons or oil pastels to complete the drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Link from the Zelda Games, Among-Us Character, and Xbox Controller.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Donkey Kong Pixel Art

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 1
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Start with a wide rectangle at the top. On the left, add two squares that point downward in a diagonal line. Repeat this process with three squares on the right, then add two longer rectangles on the left.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 2
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Fill in the boxes that you just drew with black. On the left, add an upside-down L-shape. Draw a square, add a rectangle underneath and draw another square at the end. Draw a rectangle underneath the three squares that you drew in 1. Add another rectangle with an upside-down L-shape underneath.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 3
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Continue to fill in the boxes from the previous step. Add a rectangle extending from the left, then draw four squares that point downward in a diagonal line. For the right, make an L-shape followed by two squares to complete the head. Use two more rectangles for the mouth and a square for the nose.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 4
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Sketch a long rectangle on the left, and add a pointing downward like a staircase. Draw two squares followed by a stretched-out L-shape.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 5
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Make two rectangles pointing upward. Add two squares followed by a rectangle with two squares at the top, forming a Y-shape. Draw another square and rectangle to the right.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 6
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. For the right leg, start with two squares and a short rectangle. Make a longer vertical rectangle, and round it off with a horizontal rectangle. Sketch two rectangles that form a T-shape. Draw another vertical rectangle, then add two squares to complete the leg.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 7
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Make a long vertical rectangle in the center of the body. Draw a short L-shape with a longer L-shape underneath. Complete the body with a square and another rectangle on the right.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 8
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Sketch two rectangles to add more detail to the eyes. Start with a square and rectangle on the left side of the body, then add two more squares and a zig-zag with the same rectangle shapes.

Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing - step 9
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Use thin lines to outline the eyes. Afterward, draw more thin lines across the body. This will help you separate the different colors.

Complete Donkey Kong Pixel Art drawing
Donkey Kong Pixel Art step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

10. Use black to fill in the squares and rectangles. Don't use a pen to outline the thin lines--you'll use these to color the body.

Now that you've completed your cartoon Donkey Kong, use dark brown to color the fur and tan for the rest of the body. Leave the eyes white. For the tie, use bright red and yellow.

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