How to Draw an Elephant

Four Methods:Drawing a Cartoon ElephantDrawing a Simple ElephantDrawing a Front-Facing Elephant HeadDrawing a Chibi Elephant

Elephants are the biggest living land animal. They are found in Africa and southern Asia. They are heavy plant eaters they are known for their big ears, long trunk and tusks, and memory. Here's a simple tutorial on how to draw one of these amazing creatures. Let's begin!

Method 1
Drawing a Cartoon Elephant

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    Draw a circle and a big oblong attached to it.
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    Draw the elephant’s trunk using curved lines and the ears using a wide inverted C shape.
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    Draw the limbs using a set of parallel lines.
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    Add the eyes using a small circle and the eyebrows using small strokes. Add a large protruding tooth using a curved line and sketch a few strokes on the upper part of the elephant’s trunk.
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    Draw the whole head and ears using your outline.
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    Sketch the body and limbs from the outline you have drawn earlier.
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    Add the tail using two curved lines and a few hair at the ends of the tail. Draw the elephant’s nails using curved lines.
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    Erase unnecessary lines.
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    Color your drawing.

Method 2
Drawing a Simple Elephant

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    Draw three circles interconnected with the other. Connect it with a membrane-like shape.
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    Draw the elephant’s trunk on the first circle and a fan-like shape for the ears.
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    Draw slanted lines that make up the limbs.
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    Draw the eyes using curved strokes. Sketch a protruding tooth just beneath the tusk.
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    Refine the details of the ears and tusk.
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    Draw the whole body based on the outline you have drawn and add the tail. Don’t forget to draw curved lines on each limb for the nails.
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    Sketch short random strokes on the elephant’s body, especially to areas usually covered in shadow.
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    Erase unnecessary lines.
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    Color your drawing.

Method 3
Drawing a Front-Facing Elephant Head

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    Draw a medium sized circle and add a big oval shape for the head.
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    Draw 2 arcs from the intersect of the circle and oval down and a wavy line at the bottom of the circle for the truck.
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    Draw the elephant’s trunk and tusks.
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    Draw the ears of the elephant from the upper intersect of the oval and circle.
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    Add the details of the elephant’s face.
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    Color your elephant.

Method 4
Drawing a Chibi Elephant

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    Draw a medium sized circle and add a big oval shape for the body.
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    Draw 2 pear shaped ovals from the middle portion of the circle to the oval's mid portion. This will be the ears of your elephant. This is ideal for baby elephants.
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    Draw the eye of the elephant in the middle of the circle.
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    Draw the elephant’s trunk and eyebrows.
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    Draw the half of the legs using “U” shaped lines to provide framework. The other half of the legs are more of a rounded square.
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    Add details for the legs and draw the legs on the other side using the front leg as a guide. Add the tail.
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    Trace with a pen and erase unnecessary lines and add small details to your liking.
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    Cartoon elephants could be any color try out your favorite!

Things You'll Need

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

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