Learn to draw a hippo in stages using a pencil

Before you start to draw a hippo for your child, remember a few interesting facts about these animals which will hold your child’s attention if he or she will distract:

  • A hippo’s head is proportionally one of the largest heads in the world.
  • Hippos can hold their breath for 5 minutes.
  • It closes the nostrils when the head is immersed in the water.
  • Its skin is one of the toughest on the planet. The skin starts to turn pink when it’s hot.
  • It’s considered to be the most dangerous animal for human in Africa.
  • Life expectancy depends on the teeth amortization. If they are worn, the animal will not be able to eat and die of hunger.

Now you can start drawing.

You need:
1

Body

It has an oval form. It’s big.

Body

2

Head

It’s also of an oval form. The neck is not visible.

Head

3

Legs

They are short, but huge. It’s an artiodactyl animal.

Legs

4

Correcting the form

Erase unnecessary lines.

Correcting the form

5

Claws

Claws

Don’t press on the pencil strongly.

Claws

6

Body contours

It has a massive barrel-shaped body.

Body contours

Its legs are short and thick.

Body contours

7

Skin

It’s rough, stretched all over the body. Its legs’ skin is bent into small folds.

Correcting the lines

Don’t press strongly on your pencil to make the drawing look accurate.

Skin

8

Tail

It’s short – disproportionate to the body.

Skin

9

Correcting the lines

Correcting the lines

10

Eyes, mouth and nose

Eyes, mouth and nose

11

Last strokes

Last strokes

12

Collage

Collage



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