How to draw a cute hippo easy Step by Step

How to draw a cute hippo easy with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. For beginners and kids.

How to draw a cute hippo

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below


You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1

Begin by using several curved lines to enclose an irregular rounded shape. Notice that the shape consists of two bulbous portions, the lower larger than the upper. This shape outlines the hippo’s head.

Step 2

Next, sketch in the nose and snout. Draw the base of the snout using a long curved line, bent as it crosses the head. Enclose the top of the nose using a rounded “M” shaped line.

Step 3

Sketch in the hippo’s lower jaw. Use a curved line to connect the upper snout to the interior of the head. Then, draw another curved line from the edge of the snout to the side of the jaw, outlining the inside of the mouth.

Step 4

Erase guide lines from the hippo’s head.

Step 5

Draw a backward “C” shaped line at the corner of the jaw, indicating the cheek. Connect this to the top of the snout using a short, curved line. Above the snout, draw two eyes. For each eye, draw three ovals, one inside the other. Shade between the two smallest ovals to form the pupil. Above each eye, enclose a curved shape, using two short lines. Erase guide lines as necessary.

Step 6

Use “C” shaped lines to enclose the ears on each side of the hippo’s head. Then, detail the inside of each ear using curved lines.

Step 7

Outline the hippo’s body using two long, curved lines. The lines should outline an oval; notice how the lines do not connect, but instead form a parallel overlap. Draw a pair of curved lines extending from behind the head to detail the hippo’s back. Enclose the shape of the tail using two curved lines, connecting in a rounded point at the end.

Step 8

Draw the hippo’s legs, erasing guide lines as necessary. For each leg, extend two parallel curved lines downward from the body. Notice how the lines diverge slightly to outline the foot. Connect the lines on the bottom using a curved line. Then, draw a loose and rounded “M” shaped line across the front of each foot, indicating the toes. Finally, draw a curved line beneath the head to detail the neck.

Step 9

Detail the hippo’s face. Draw two large ovals at the tip of the snout; these indicate the nostrils. Draw a curved line through each nostril to give it a three-dimensional appearance. Then, draw a curved line down the center of the nose. Use curved lines to enclose each of the hippo’s teeth. Draw another curved line at the side of each to make them three dimensional. Finally, use curved lines within the mouth to indicate the tongue.

Complete Hippo drawing

Step 10

Color your hippo. In the wild, hippos appear gray or brown with pink accents. Cartoon hippos are often purple in color.

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