How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 9

How to Draw a Gorilla

So you want to find out how to draw a gorilla?

Create along with these simple 9 drawing steps. You will learn the basics for drawing a gorilla.

This lesson only takes about 30 minutes and includes a pdf you can easily print or download. The pdf packet even contains a “coloring book” page with just the line art. This accompanies perfectly with crayons or markers. It is ideal for very young children in the need of extra guidance and simply looking to shade in a gorilla.

Enjoy learning how to draw a gorilla. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some personal details. It is time to get drawing!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw a Gorilla Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw A Gorilla: All Steps

The goal is to complete a drawing of a gorilla by drawing one part at a time. It will take 9 steps to complete as we continue to draw each area which will get us closer to the completed drawing. The final drawing will be perfected with color resulting in a work of art you can be proud of!

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Outline The Face

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 1

    Outline the face of the gorilla by drawing a curvy shape.

  2. Draw The Eyes, Nose, And Mouth

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 2

    First, draw two shaded circles with a diagonal line attached above to form the eyes of the gorilla. Next, draw a curved line with two shaded circles below to draw the nose. Finally, attach a line curving upwards to form the mouth of the gorilla.

  3. Form The Forehead

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 3

    Form a curved line above, attached to the face to form the gorilla’s forehead.

  4. Attach The Ear

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 4

    Create two, small semi-circles to attach the ears.

  5. Outline The Body

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 5

    Outline the gorilla’s body by drawing an elongated shape attached to the head.

  6. Draw The Limbs

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 6

    Draw the strong limbs of the mighty gorilla by attaching vertical lines to the body with curvy lines at the bottom.

  7. Attach The Hands And Feet

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 7

    Attach hands and feet to each of the limbs of the gorilla as shown in the illustration.

  8. Draw The Gorilla’s Back Pattern

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 8

    Draw two vertical lines on the body of the gorilla to highlight the pattern on its back.

  9. Complete The Gorilla Drawing

    How To Draw A Gorilla: Step 9

    To complete the illustration, use a dark gray crayon to shade the head, forelimbs, and hindlimbs of the gorilla. Next, use a light gray crayon to fill in the face, back and hands of the gorilla.

How to Draw a Gorilla PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Gorilla. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

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