In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Bighorn Sheep in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.
Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.
At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Bighorn Sheep.
Make sure you also check out any of the hundreds of drawing tutorials grouped by category.
How to Draw a Bighorn Sheep - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Start your bighorn sheep by drawing its head. Leave the top and the side open because you'll be adding details there later.
Step 2: Draw the eye, nose, ears, and the details of the face. If you need help with the nose, draw a small circle above the mouth, then draw a diagonal line behind the nose and the mouth.
Step 3: Now draw the horns. Only male sheep, called rams, have large horns like these that curl around. Females, called ewes, have shorter and straighter horns. Males use these horns to fight other sheep.
Step 4: Next, draw the neck. This is a straight diagonal line coming down from the bottom of the head.
Step 5: Now draw the first front leg. The bighorn sheep's legs look skinny compared to the rest of their bodies.
Step 6: Draw the other front leg. Since this leg is behind the first one, only draw one line to show that it's covered up.
Step 7: Next is the rest of the body. Draw a straight horizontal line for the belly, and a long line at the top that curves down at the end for the back.
Step 8: Draw one of the hind legs. It is a little wider than the front leg.
Step 9: Draw the last hind leg and tail.
Interesting Facts about the Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn sheep are one of three species of mountain sheep. They are large mammals with big horns, hence their name. They are related to goats, and their horns have similar shapes. Bighorn sheep are native to North America and Siberia. They live in rocky, rugged habitats.
Did You Know?
- Bighorn sheep have split hooves that help them maintain their balance and walk on rough mountain surfaces.
- Rams are female bighorn sheep, and ewes are female bighorn sheep. Young bighorn sheep are called lambs.
- Rams fight each other using their horns.
- In the wild, bighorn sheep can live as long as 15 years.
- Some predators of bighorn sheep are mountain lions, bears, and coyotes.
- The bighorn sheep’s horn could weigh as much as 30 pounds. The sheep themselves can weigh has much as 300 pounds.
There are five subspecies of bighorn sheep. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep can be found in the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada, as well as other areas in the northwestern part of the US. Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are only found in Sierra Nevada. Desert bighorn sheep live in the deserts of Mexico and the southwestern region of the United States.