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How to Draw a Cow

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cow sketch - step by step

Cows are some of the most recognizable animals in the entire world! Their black and white spots make them easy to identify and kids normally learn what they are before any other animals. While a cow might not be a house pet, it’s certainly easy to find one at a local farm or through pictures online. If you’re interested in expanding your drawing skills into animals, then this is a great animal to get started with. It has a simple shape with just enough curves to keep you challenged. If you’re interested in drawing this, this lesson will show you how to draw a cow in 5 steps.

Possible Difficulties

Fortunately there aren’t many difficulties you should come across when drawing this animal, as it’s a straight-forward design that doesn’t have any shading. It’s perfect for kids to draw or even beginner artists that just want to learn new skills. If you follow the steps that are listed below you should be able to draw your own cow in about five minutes! If it takes longer than that don’t worry, just go at your own pace and you’ll have a cow drawn before you know it.


  • Pay attention to the head of the cow, as this is an area that many people have trouble with. Make sure to add in the details last, like the ears, horns, eyes and mouth.
  • Color the spots on the back of the cow last with an unsharpened pencil. This will make the lines bolder and easier to see.


  1. Sketch the entire body and the head of the cow.
  2. Draw the tail, legs and then the hide.
  3. Sketch the head and draw in the ears, eyes and horns as you see them on the image.
  4. Erase the contour lines that you drew in step one and draw in cow spots.
  5. Color in the spots, eyes, tail horns and hoofs.

These five easy steps will guide you to drawing a cow that looks great and is easy to identify. If you have a child and want to have some fun, then let them do this project. They can even use colored pencils or crayons to color the animal any way they would like. Draw this as many times as it takes to get the details right, and then move on to drawing more difficult animals. This is a great starting point for anyone who wants to draw more often and fine tune their skills.

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