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How to Draw a Giraffe

Learn how to draw a giraffe with oil pastels and watercolor. The water resistant pastels will allow you to paint right over them.

how to draw a giraffe

giraffe face drawing

I love this point of view of the giraffe face. It really breaks down the distinguishing features in to easy steps, so you have a pretty realistic drawing by the time you are done.


There are 200 more fun and easy drawing tutorials like this one, in my giant How To Draw ebook in my PDF Shop.

All were created with lots of hands on classroom testing, and designed to take beginner artists from the first step to the last with clear and simple diagrams.

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  1. Print a Giraffe Tutorial for each student. Draw the guide lines on the paper very lightly in pencil. They really do make a difference in helping students fill their paper with their drawing.
  2. Draw the giraffe face lightly with a pencil.
  3. Trace the drawing with a black permanent marker.
  4. Fill in the eyes with the marker. For an extra sparkle in the eye, leave a small white spot.
  5. Draw brown spots and stripes on the face.
  6. Color the spots with a brown oil pastel.
  7. Add small amount of black pastel inside the ears.
  8. Paint the head with yellow watercolor paint.
  9. The sky is painted with blue watercolor, with empty shapes for white clouds.