Drawing cartoon elephants: some fun facts before starting sketching!
Let's see how we could draw some nice elephants by studying it's anatomy first. Elephant are well-known for their big ears (2), large tusks (3), very agile and strong trunk as well as their big feet (5).
Since this animal can weight over 6000 lbs, it's important to really draw a big round body (1) to really achieve our goal. The color of an elephant is a mix of dark brown and yellow.
Looking at the shape of this splendid animal, you can see that the head and the body are really large and round. The legs are rather small compared to the rest of the body but elephant can still run at 10 to 20 mph.
That might not seem impressive, but they do have to carry a lot of weight! The ears are made of a round thin shape. The trunk is made of several small rectangles.
Let's try to draw a simple elephant. Start by sketching an oval for the head. Next, draw another one for the body. Then, draw four small rectangles to represent the legs.
Then, draw the ear and the trunk. Complete your drawing by adding the eyes, the tail and the nails. Et voilà! A simple elephant using simple shapes!
You can practice yourself by drawing only the head if you feel more comfortable doing so (1) (4). Don't forget to use big round shapes. This will help you give a sense of weight to your creation. Drawing big ears and two tusks is the key to create a simple sketching of an elephant that will look like one!