How to Draw a Cow

Four Methods:A Cartoon CowA Realistic CowA Front-Facing CowA Grazing Cow

These are easy steps to help you draw a cow.

Method 1
A Cartoon Cow

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    Sketch an outline of the face and body. Use a square with curved edges as an outline of the face. Draw a crossed line at the center of your square. Draw an oblong for the outline of the body.
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    Sketch the eyes, nose and ears.
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    Sketch circles for the base of the cow’s limbs.
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    Sketch the tail, and add details to the limbs of the cow.
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    Frame the face and add details like the mouth and nose.
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    Darken the outline of the cow’s body and add the udders.
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    Add details, like spots on the cow's body.
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    Color the cow.

Method 2
A Realistic Cow

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    Draw an outline of the body. Use a vertical rectangle with a crossed line at the center for the face. Draw two large oblongs and connect them with curved lines for the body.
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    Add a small oblong for the base of the foreleg and a bigger oblong for the base of the hind leg.
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    Add the limbs, taking note of the joints using small circles. Draw the tail on the back of the cow.
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    Refine details of the face by adding the eyes, nose and mouth.
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    Using your outline, darken desired lines to form the cow’s trunk. Add the udders.
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    Refine the lines of the limbs and tail.
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    Erase unnecessary lines and add random small strokes on the cow’s body.
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    Color the cow.

Method 3
A Front-Facing Cow

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    Draw small and big circles as guides for the head and the body. The smaller circle is for the head and bigger is for the body. It should be connected the head’s circle is inside the bigger circle.
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    Then, sketch the nose and the mouth. The nose could be oblong or circle depending on your preference..
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    Add the face, the nose, the ears, the small horns, the eyes and the mouth. You can also experiment on the expression. The ears should be droopy.
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    Sketch the legs.
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    Add more shape to the body of the cow.
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    Draw the basic outlines of the cow.
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    Add more details like grass, patches on the skin, etc.
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    Color the cow.

Method 4
A Grazing Cow

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    Sketch the main body of the cow as a big rectangle. Add a horizontal line at the middle stretching to both left and right sides.
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    Sketch the legs by drawing 3 connect oblongs of decreasing size.
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    Repeat the previous step for another set of legs.
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    Sketch the guidelines for the front legs. Add circle near the edge farther from the body for the joints.
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    Add more shape to the front legs.
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    Sketch the guide for the head. It can be done first by drawing a diagonal line from the edge of the line in the middle of the body. Then, draw a circle for the head and a cup-like shape for the mouth area.
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    Connect the head to the body.
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    Sketch the ears and the face.
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    Add more details like the tail and the udder.
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    Draw the basic outline.
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    Add more details like grass, patches, shadowing, etc.
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    Color the cow as you like.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser gum
  • Colored pencils, crayons, markers or watercolors

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Categories: Drawing Animals