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How to draw an elephant

Grab a pencil (NOT a pen!) and let’s draw an elephant! Here’s how.

Step 1: Begin by drawing a large oval for the elephant’s body and then add a smaller circle for the head.

Step 2: Now draw two long, curving lines, coming down from the head for the trunk. Join them at the end.

Step 3: Draw a tusk coming from the bottom of your elephant’s head, curving across the trunk. Add the tip of the other tusk to the left of the trunk.

Step 4: Erase the overlapping lines inside the trunk and tusk. Draw the ear.

Step 5: Erase the overlapping lines in the ear. Draw two sets of ovals for the legs, and add semicircles at the bottom for the feet.

Step 6: Erase the overlapping lines and smooth out where the different shapes join. Add the other two legs.

Step 7: Erase the overlapping lines in the second set of legs, and smooth out where the different shapes join. Now add a tail. Try to copy the shape shown here as closely as you can.

Step 8: Add lines for wrinkles on your elephant’s trunk, ear, knees and tummy. Give the ear a wiggly edge, add toenail shapes to the feet and give your elephant an eye and lower lip.

Get this drawing project and many more in “How to Draw Animals” by Michael Garton. (Michael O’Mara Books, $14.99 softcover. Ages 6 and up.)

72 Comments on How to draw an elephant

  1. Noobs U R // May 6, 2020 at 9:58 am // Reply

    To easy
    and i wanted some thing harder and that thing looks like a cats litter box

  2. Not realistic. At all.

  3. llama drama // April 10, 2020 at 9:37 am // Reply

    it was hard and confusing. It was horrible.

  4. Preya Patel // April 6, 2020 at 8:36 pm // Reply

    It was nice but i still cant draw it

  5. It was amazing but I still couldn’t draw it

  6. This is really helpful. It shows me how to draw a elephant.

  7. cool art guy // March 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    wow so cooooooool

  8. cool art guy // March 19, 2020 at 6:50 pm // Reply

    wow!!!! vary cool was very easy and asome best thing to do with your time

  9. pretty cool

  10. It helped a lot and my elephant looks somewhat nice. It mostly looks how it looks because of my lack of artistic ability

  11. sup

  12. it looks easy to me to draw the elephant

  13. Thank you for the help at drawing it.

  14. I don’t like it

  15. So hard

  16. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii // July 29, 2019 at 11:57 pm // Reply

    I cant do it

  17. Thank you ,now it’s very easy peasy for me to teach my class to draw an elephant.They are learning it fast🤩

  18. Great thanks

  19. JOSHUA

  20. Thank you so much my friend is moving and she likes elephants

  21. This made it so much easyer for my class to draw an elephant, thank you!😊

  22. Anonymous 😎 // April 14, 2019 at 1:15 am // Reply

    It was great for my mum’s birthday card.She loved it!😍

  23. thank you this was easier than the other elephant I was trying to draw!

  24. thank you!!😇

  25. xXmarshmelloDJXx // March 15, 2019 at 1:08 pm // Reply

    this is good

  26. UnicornPower // March 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm // Reply

    this is very helpful for what i am doing

  27. Well mine is good, but why the circles for legs??

  28. Very nice and very easy

  29. Very easy

  30. Anonymous Killer // January 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm // Reply

    This really helped! I had to draw an elephant for my homework so it helped a lot!

  31. Mine looks awful my legs look like jelly

  32. Very good keep it up

  33. Its ya boi elpephanto // January 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm // Reply

    This was great! My elephant turned out awesome!!!

  34. Nice

  35. Needs more shading but, great other wise.

  36. This is good

  37. This is good

  38. Dobasky //this so wonderful i try drawing it and i succeeded with the following diagram

  39. Fluff muffin // October 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm // Reply

    I LOVE to draw elephants, but unfortunately, there are no images provided, which would make this much more helpful.

  40. Fluff muffin // October 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    I LOVE elephants, but there are no images, so images could make this a little more helpful.

  41. I LOVE elephants, but there are no images to help, so this does not really help. 🙁

  42. I love your lovely drawing

  43. yo yo honey singh // September 28, 2018 at 9:32 am // Reply

    I liked it so much.

  44. Coolestdude124 // September 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm // Reply

    Nice picture

  45. it was the best project!

  46. Awesome can’t wait to try!

  47. Tiki freaky :) // January 25, 2013 at 12:09 am // Reply

    I LOVE drawing animals but I don’t really know how so this could help me. Thanks!

  48. I agree with qwerty.

  49. That was fun and easy. Five stars.

  50. This would be really fun

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