How to Draw a Hippopotamus
So you want to experience how to draw a hippopotamus?
Have fun with this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw a hippopotamus. This easy hippopotamus instruction guide is perfect for younger children looking to get started with drawing.
All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Expect this drawing to take about 20 minutes, but the art-making process can actually take longer if a background is drawn as well.
Enjoy learning how to draw a hippopotamus. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some personal details. Let’s get started.
- Drawing Paper
- Crayons or Colored Pencils
- Black Marker (optional)
- How to Draw a Hippopotamus Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
In today’s tutorial, we are going to discover how to draw a hippopotamus on paper. The location and proportion of each part will be highlighted in each step of the tutorial. Observe that the blue lines are used to show the new shapes being created in each step.
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Form The Nose And Mouth
Form the nose by first outlining an oval shape with two ovals. Add to rectangular shapes at the bottom of the nose to form the teeth. Finally, draw a line curving upwards to create the jaw of the hippopotamus.
Outline The Head
Create two shaded ovals for the eyes. Next, draw a line curving downwards to form the top part of the hippopotamus’ head.
Add The Ears
Create two curved lines on both sides of the hippopotamus’ head.
Draw The Body And Tail
First, draw an oval shape connected to the hippopotamus’ head. Then, form a thin shape connected to the body to create the tail.
Attach The Legs
Attach legs at the bottom of the hippopotamus’ body as shown in the illustration. Don’t forget to draw lines curving towards the ends of its feet to create the toes.
Complete The Hippopotamus Drawing
Let’s finish the hippopotamus drawing by adding some color! First, use a light shade of purple for the snout. Use a white crayon to shade the teeth. Then, use a gray crayon to color the inner ears and toes of the hippopotamus. Next, color the nose of the hippopotamus using a dark purple crayon. Finally, shade the rest of the hippopotamus with a purple crayon.
How to Draw a Hippopotamus 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 Hippopotamus. 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!