How To Draw A Giraffe in 11 Simple Steps (for Kids)

Few animals capture the imagination the way a giraffe does. They are instantly recognizable and iconic, with their long necks and spots. Drawing a giraffe might seem challenging, but this tutorial makes it simple!

Step 1: Draw The Eye

First step to draw a giraffe

For the first step, you’ll draw the eye of the giraffe. Begin with a horizontal teardrop shape. Add a line near the corner to create the pupil. Add another line to create the iris. Draw a small curved line above and slightly to the right of the eye to create a brow line. 

Step 2: Start the Chin And The Nose

Step 2 to draw a giraffe

Next, you’ll draw the chin area. Begin below and to the left of the eye. Draw a line that moves left and curves down, stopping when it reaches the end of the line lines up with the center of the eye. Add a small circle above the beginning of the line for the nose. 

Step 3: Draw the Giraffe’s Head

Step 3 To Draw A Giraffe

Now you’ll draw the head. First, you’ll add a smile. Draw a small vertical line, beginning at the center point of the previous line. Then add a horizontal line beginning at the vertical line, and extending just past the nose. Curve up, and extend the line to the right. 

The first horn should be above the eye. Draw a straight line up, curve out, then curve in and down. Curve back up and to the right, then in and down again. Draw another straight line down to complete the horn. Curve to the right and down. To draw the second horn, draw a straight line up, curve out, then curve in and down. Curve back up and to the right, then in and down again. Draw another straight line down to complete the horn. 

Curve down and out for the next portion of the head. Now you’ll draw the ear. Draw a line to the right with a slight arch at the center. Bring the line down and to the left, arching out at the center. Draw a line through the center of the ear, curving down slightly and then back up at the halfway point. Draw a line down curving slightly to the left to complete the back of the head. 

The next ear will go in front of the first horn. Draw a line up, curving out to the right and then back in. Bring the line down, arching to the left and back in to create the other side of the ear. Add a line through the ear, beginning at the head and extending up to the tip of the ear. 

Step 4: Draw The Neck And The Tail

Step 4 To Draw A Giraffe

Begin at the base of the head. Draw a line down moving slightly to the right. To create the rump, bring the line out still moving slightly down. Curve the line down. To create the tail, begin by curving down, then curve up, still moving slightly to the right. For the end of the tail, arch out to the left and up, then down and out to the right. To complete the tail, follow the first tail line, curving down and to the left. Draw two lines in the end of the tail. 

Step 5: Start Drawing The Hind Legs

Step 5 To Draw A Giraffe

Next, you’ll draw the back leg. Beginning at the base of the tail, draw a line down. Curve the line out and in at the halfway point to create the knee, then continue bringing the line down. 

Curve the line to the left at the end of the leg. Bring the line back up, lightly curving in to the right, then out to the left. Stop the line slightly lower than the first line of the leg. To draw the hoof, draw a line down and then curve sharp to the left. Draw a short line to the left, and then bring the line back up until it meets the bottom of the leg. Add a line in the center of the hoof. 

Step 6: Finish Drawing The Hind Legs

Begin slightly below the second leg line. To create the stomach, draw a line to the left, arching out at the center. To draw the second back leg, begin at the halfway point of the stomach line. Draw a line down, curving in and back out. Bring the line right, and then back up, meeting the line of the first leg. To draw the hoof, draw a line down and then curve sharp to the left. Draw a short line to the left, and then bring the line back up until it meets the bottom of the leg. Add a line in the center of the hoof. 

Step 7: Draw The Front Legs

Step 7 To Drawing A Giraffe

Now you’ll draw the front legs. Begin at the end of the stomach line, drawing a line down with a curve out and in at the center to create the knee. Bring the line to the left, and then up to complete the leg. To draw the hoof, draw a line down and then curve sharp to the left. Draw a short line to the left, and then bring the line back up until it meets the bottom of the leg. Add a line in the center of the hoof.

Begin the second leg by drawing a line down to the left of the last line. Bring the line down, curving right at the bottom of the leg, and moving back up until it reaches the line of the other leg. To draw the hoof, draw a line down and then curve sharp to the left. Draw a short line to the left, and then bring the line back up until it meets the bottom of the leg. Add a line in the center of the hoof.

Step 8: Finish Drawing The Outline

Step 8 Of Drawing A Giraffe

To draw the neck, begin at the bottom head line. Bring the line down, curving slightly to the right. When you reach the body of the giraffe, arch out and back in to create the chest. 

Step 9: Draw the Mane

Step 9 of drawing a giraffe

To draw the mane, begin just below the ear. Bring the line down following the neck line and moving the line in and out to create a wavy appearance. 

Step 10: Start Adding The Spots

Step 10 To Drawing A Giraffe

To create the spots on the neck, draw wavy half circle shapes.

Step 11: Finish Up Your Giraffe

To create the spots on the body, draw wavy circles or loose square shapes with rounded corners. Follow the same process for the legs. 

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