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How to Draw an Elephant

Learn how to draw an elephant for kids, with my easy step by step tutorial. The shapes are simple, yet still create a pretty realistic looking animal.

How to Draw an Elephant
Elephant drawing, finished with marker and crayons.
Time lapse drawing of Elephant tutorial.

There’s also a bit of a perspective lesson in that the two legs that are furthest away need to be just a bit shorter than the front ones. A small detail, but important one if you want to learn how to make animals look as realistic as possible.

Students that want to take things one step further, can add a bit of shadow to their elephant. Just decide if a source of light (the sun) is on the left or the right, and then darken those opposite sides accordingly.

Elephant Coloring Page



Time needed: 45 minutes.

Draw an Elephant

  1. Make guidelines. Draw an oval body.

  2. Add the head and trunk.

  3. Add a front and back leg.

  4. Erase lines. Add legs from other side.

  5. Draw two ears.

  6. Erase lines inside ear. Add two tusks.

  7. Erase inside tusks. Add trunk lines, eye and tail.

  8. Draw toes and a background.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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