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How to Draw a Camel in 9 Easy Steps

Simple steps in drawing a camel.


The word “camel” comes from the Arabic word for “beautiful”. While beauty might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a camel, there’s much to admire and appreciate about these animals. Camels are native to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, where they have been used for centuries as working animals to carry people and gear through the desert.

They can carry up to 600 lbs, and run up to 25 miles an hour with that they have earned the nickname of “ships of the desert.” 

We all know that camels have a fascinating ability to survive weeks to months without drinking. They survive because their humps consist of stored fat, which they can metabolize when food and water are scarce. In addition, camels have other ways to adapt to their environment.

They have a third, clear eyelid that protects their eyes from sandstorms. Sand up the nose can be a problem, but not for camels. They can shut their nostrils during sandstorms. 

Now, it’s your turn to learn how to draw a Camel in 9 easy steps! Simply follow this step-by-step tutorial.

Simple steps in drawing a camel.
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  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Coloring material


Step 1: Draw the Head and the Body

Two circle, first step in drawing a camel.

First, sketch a small horizontal on the upper, right portion of the paper. This represents the head of the camel. For the body, draw a big horizontal oblong shape on the middle portion of the paper. See the reference image above for you to be guided. 

Step 2: Draw the Leg and Mouth Guide

Drawing leg and mouth guide for camel.

Start sketching the guide for its mouth, and draw a small round shape on the right side of the head. Then, for the neck’s guide, just simply draw a long, curved line from the bottom, the center part of the head drags it down to the lower right side of the camel’s body. 

Step 3: Draw the Neck, Humps, and Legs Guides and Remove Lines

Drawing the neck and back of a camel.

Camels have long necks, to do this, just simply draw two curve lines one from the upper portion of the guide and the other one will be the lower portion of the guide. Then connect those lines from the head going down to the body.

As we can see camels have two humps, to make this simpler, draw two vertical oblong shapes on the top portion of the head. Half of the oblong must overlap with the upper portion of the body.

As I have mentioned in the introduction, camels have long legs. Now for the legs guide, draw two long vertical lines, one will be near the tail and the other one will be near the neck of the camel. To emphasize the mouth of the camel, erase some parts of the round shape. Specifically, erase the lines inside the head on the upper portion of it. See the reference image above to be guided. 

Step 4: Add the Ears, Eye Guide, Legs, Hair, and Remove Lines

Removing guides for the back of a camel.

Camels have long ears too, now draw a diagonal elongated oblong shape on the left side of the head. This will slightly overlap the upper left side of the head. Then, add three circles that overlap the head and to other circles. For the eye guide, draw a small circle on the upper, and middle portion of the head.

On the lower portion of the body, add two vertical lines parallel to the first two lines that you’ve drawn earlier. Enclose these two vertical lines with a short horizontal line on the bottom. Erase the lines that overlap the upper portion of the body and include the line that separates the humps from the body.

Step 5: Add Legs, Eyeball, Nose, Details, and Remove Lines

Drawing the detail of the camel face.

Let’s complete the legs of our camels by adding the other two legs. To do this, just simply follow the sizes of the first two legs that you’ve earlier. For the humps, add a short slanting line on both sides of the humps and add a short curve line in between the two humps.

Draw more circles on the upper portion of the head and make sure that the circles will overlap with the other circles and to the ears. Then, add a shaded crescent shape inside the eye guide and draw a short curved on the top of the mouth for the nose of the camel. Lastly, erase the guide curved line on the center of the neck.

Step 6: Draw the Tail, Feet, and Remove Extra Lines

Drawing feed and tail of a camel.

In this step, just simply sketch a long-curved line on the back portion of the camel. Draw a curved line on the right, and bottom sides of the four legs.

Let’s start removing lines that are not important to your drawing. Erase all small lines that you saw inside the body and the humps. Also, erase the lines that separate the neck and legs from the body. Lastly, erase all the curved lines inside the border of the connected circles that you’ve drawn on the top portion of the head.

Step 7: Complete the Tail and Erase Lines

Seventh step in drawing a camel.

To completely achieve the tail of the camel, we must add another curved line and enclose it with a short, curved line. After that, erase the lines that separate the feet from the legs of the camel. On the upper portion of the back leg draw a short, curved line going up same with the other leg in front. See the reference image above for you to be guided.

Step 8: Add Details

Eight step in drawing a camel.

The next thing that you need to do is add details to the feet of the camel and we will be using a curved line for this step. To do this, just simply draw a curved line on each foot on the camel to enclose the bottom part of the feet. Lastly, add a small version of the oval shape inside the ears of the camel.

Step 9: Finish up!

final steps in drawing a camel with colors.

Camels primarily have light brown in color with a hint of greyish hue. You can opt to color the camel using its original color or use a different color! We recommend doing the latter so you can customize your artwork. But the colors you will be using for the camel are entirely up to you. Have fun playing with colors to achieve what you want for your camel. Congratulations! 

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