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How to Draw a Rhinoceros

Learn how to draw a Rhinoceros. Their unusually shaped bodies get easier to draw when you follow easy step by step instructions.

Rhinoceros drawing, finished with marker and crayons

The rhinoceros is the second largest land mammal in the world and is found in both Africa and Asia. The five species, two in Africa and three in Asia, are easily distinguishable for their prehistoric features and the presence of one or two horns on their faces. The word “rhinoceros” actually means “nose horn” in Greek.

Here are a few interesting facts about rhinos, found on Greentumble.com

  • A group of rhinos is called a “crash.”
  • During their head-to-head fights, rhinos make a sound that resembles honking.
  • Rhinos walk on their toenails because their feet are so sensitive.
  • Rhino horns are made of keratin, and tend to curve backward, toward the head, because the keratin in front grows faster than the keratin in the back.
  • Their horns are made of the same material as human fingernails.
  • Rhinos have terrible eyesight and struggle to see further than 30 meters.
  • Female rhinos can be pregnant for as long as 16 months.

One other sad fact? Since 2013, an average of three rhinos have been poached every day.

Here’s hoping this tutorial will help students draw one of these amazing creatures with as much likeness as possible. Their bodies kind of defy the usual oval or rectangular shapes with legs attached. The main head and body shapes are not easy to describe with just words, but the shapes shown in each step should make things more clear.That’s the beauty of step by step diagrams.

Preview of Rhinoceros drawing tutorial



Time needed: 25 minutes

How to Draw a Rhinoceros

  1. Start the body with the roundish shape shown.

  2. Add another shape shown for the head

  3. Connect with a neck and add horns.

  4. Draw the eyes, mouth and ears.

  5. Add two legs on one side as shown.

  6. Draw the two legs on the other side.

  7. Add a tail and leg details. Erase the gray lines.

  8. Finish the ear and fill in a backgrounds

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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