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How to Draw A Giraffe using an original design

How To Draw A Giraffe Using An Original Design

You can now learn how to draw a giraffe made from squares and rectangles using this simple step-by-step lesson. This can be an interesting challenge considering that this animal is usually depicted with long curved lines and oval shapes.

Another interesting question is ... can we draw a giraffe with no neck and still end up with a recognizable character? The answer is yes! Simply draw two short horns, create basic patches on the body and use a bright yellow color to achieve your goal.

It's now time to sketch a lovely cartoon giraffe in just a few basic shapes using the tutorial located below. Ready? Let's start this fun lesson now. :)

drawing the head and body using large rectangles

First, sketch a large rectangle to form the body of the animal. This shape must be placed vertically. Make sure this one is large enough so that we can draw the head inside. To illustrate the head, draw another small rectangle inside the main shape. This new element must be located on top (and near the left) of the image.

How To Draw A Giraffe

working on the mouth and the legs

Inside the head, sketch another small rectangle to represent the muzzle. This new shape is sketched horizontally. On the bottom of the body, draw two small rectangles to create two legs. The one on the right must be aligned with the body. The second one is closer to the middle of the body.

How To Draw A Giraffe

sketching the ears and more legs

You can draw the remaining legs using two more rectangles. These new shapes are drawn near the ones added previously. However, they must be placed slightly higher to create some perspective. On top of the head, sketch two small triangles to form the ears. Good work! This lesson on how to draw a giraffe is progressing nicely.

How To Draw A Giraffe

adding more details to the cartoon giraffe

On top of the head, draw two small horns using small rectangles. Make sure to leave some space between both horns. Inside the body, you can also add a tiny rectangle to form the tip of the tail. This new shape is located on the right side of the body.

On the bottom of all four legs, you can sketch small hooves using irregular rectangles. The front of these shapes can be sharp and pointed. You can see the progression of the tutorial below.

How To Draw A Giraffe

creating patches using perfect circles

Inside the body, sketch a few circles to form the patches usually found on the body of a giraffe. You can also complete the tail by sketching a long straight line. The eyes of the subject are made from small circles. For the nose, you can use two short pointed lines. Great! The drawing part of this lesson is now completed. All we need to do is add some colors. 

How To Draw A Giraffe

adding colors to complete this lesson on how to draw a giraffe

Inside the cartoon giraffe, add some bright colors as shown in the illustration below. The character is mostly yellow. Patches and the muzzle can be orange. The eyes, the horns, the tip of the tail and the hooves are black. I have used gradients to create more depth and volume. The ears are also slightly darker than the rest of the body.

How To Draw A Giraffe

Nice work! I hope you had fun learning how to draw a giraffe made from rectangles. It was also interesting to create a giraffe with no neck. Don't hesitate to sketch more animals using various postures, colors and textures. Now that we are done with this amazing character, feel free to draw more versions of this character below. Just practice on a daily basis and have fun! :)

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