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Easy How to Draw a Hippo Face Tutorial

Here you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Hippo Face. Simple shapes keep it fun and easy.

Hippo Face Drawing

A hippo face drawing, made with the help of a step by step tutorial.

Now students can gain some appreciation of this amazing creature by drawing one. This hippo tutorial that just focuses on the head might be perfect if your students are young, and they just need some simple shapes to follow. The large boxy head fills the paper and has eyes that look right back at you, so it makes for a fun and easy project for artists of all ages.

Did you know that hippos are considered the second largest land animal on Earth, after the elephant? They can weigh up to 7000 lbs., which is the equivalent of three small cars. And somehow they get to be this large by just eating plants. That’s pretty amazing!

These magnificent mammals were once found throughout many parts of Africa. Sadly, populations have declined due to habitat loss and hunting. Today, they are largely confined to protected areas in East African countries.

Draw a Hippo Face Tutorial

Preview of the step-by-step hippo face tutorial, available as a free PDF.



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Sharpie Marker

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black


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Drawing Paper

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Time needed: 1 hour

How to Draw a Hippopotamus Face

  1. Make guidelines. Draw two nostrils.

  2. Draw a curve over the top of the nostrils.

  3. Finish the mouth shape underneath.

  4. Add a chin.

  5. Draw the top of the head.

  6. Add two eyes and brows.

  7. Draw two ears.

  8. Fill in the eyes and add shoulders.

  9. Trace with a marker and color with crayons.

how to draw a hippopotamus

Draw an Easy Hippo

If you’d like to draw a very simple hippo, then this easy tutorial might also be to your liking.

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easy hippo drawing

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