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How to Draw an Elephant

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Elephants are massive animals that are generally found in Southeast Asia, Africa and other desert areas. On average they weigh 15,000 pounds and reach up to 13 feet high. One of their most distinctive features is their ears, which are huge and floppy, but still stand up on the sides. They also have huge trunks that they use for grabbing things and doing a lot of other tasks! Next to the long trunk are two long tusks, which are white and pointy. These can be used for a lot of different things, and can even help protect the elephant.

Most people only see elephants when they visit the zoo or go to another country on a safari, but they are easily found on cartoons and movies. It’s one of the smartest animals in the animal kingdom and has the ability to think more complexly. If you like this animal like so many people do, then you might want to learn how to draw an elephant! They are highly recognizable because of all their unique and distinctive features, and they can be a lot of fun to draw.

Possible Difficulties

This drawing lesson is only five steps, so it’s perfect for beginner drawers or kids. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience you should be able to put this animal together without taking more than five or ten minutes maximum! The body of the elephant doesn’t have a lot of difficult details, but there are some required on the head that you should pay attention to. By taking your time on these parts you will end up with an elephant that looks more realistic! Areas to watch include:

  • Eyes: You can draw a small pupil on the elephant’s eye to make it look more realistic.
  • Tail: The tail has hair on the edge, and you can draw it using small and curvy lines. Also use varying pressure on the pencil to create more realistic lines.


  1. Draw the contour of the elephant, which will consist of 3 ovals that are next to each other.
  2. Fix the elephant’s head so that it’s like you see in the drawing. Then, start drawing in the details of the eyes, tusks, nose and ears.
  3. Now continue drawing the body and legs.
  4. Next add more details to the legs and the nose. Once you’re done with that, draw a tail.
  5. If you want to add more detail, then color in the elephant and add some shadows.

drawing contour

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