In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Donkey in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Donkey.
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How to Draw a Donkey - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Let's draw a donkey! Trace a line across your page for the back.
Step 2: Now, trace a line going down to draw the tail. This tail is a little square at the end, so make corners before tracing your line back up again.
Step 3: To draw the first hind leg, make sure the top half of the leg is a little more curvy than the bottom half of the leg.
Step 4: Trace a line going back across the page to draw the belly.
Step 5: Draw the second hind leg by tracing alongside the first one. Here's a tip: trace a line across the bottom of each leg to give your donkey paws.
Step 6: Now, draw the first front leg, making sure that your lines are a little uneven. They don't have to be straight!
Step 7: Trace uneven lines for the second front leg alongside the first. Don't forget those paws!
Step 8: From there, trace a curbed line up for the neck.
Step 9: Last, trace a long oval shape for the head. Add a line for the mouth and a small oval for the eye. Make upside-down letter Vs for the ears, and give the donkey hair by tracing thin circles down the back of its neck. There's your donkey!
Interesting Facts about Donkeys
Donkeys are the smallest animals in the equine family, which also includes horses, mules, and zebras. The countries with the highest populations of donkeys are China, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Mexico.
Did you know?
- A male donkey is called a jack. A female donkey is called a jennet or a jenny. A baby donkey is called a foal.
- Donkeys are friendly and enjoy being in the company of people. In fact, they actually get depressed when they are alone.
- In poorer countries, donkeys can live to be between 12 to 15 years old. In richer countries, they have a lifespan of 20 to 50 years.
- Donkeys can weigh up to 1,060 pounds.
- Donkey shoes are like horseshoes, but smaller.
- Donkeys have a great memory.
Donkeys are known to be stubborn animals, and this is because they do not like doing anything that they do not want to do. In various countries, such as Egypt and Italy, donkeys help people by carrying goods on their back from one place to another. Donkeys have been working for humans for about 5,000 years. They also make great pets, since they enjoy the company of people.