How to Draw an African Elephant

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an African Elephant in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the African Elephant.

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How to Draw an African Elephant - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: When drawing your African Elephant you will need to start by drawing the head, trunk, and ear. To create the head, you will start with a curved line that stops at the top of the head and goes down turning into the trunk. Create a hook on the end of the trunk and draw a line going back up, finishing the trunk. T make the ear start from the top of the head and curve around ending into a point. Then draw a line up to the middle of the head. You have now created the ear.

Step 2: You will now need to add the trunk and face to the elephant. For the eye, draw a small circle. For the tusks, draw a rectangle with a point coming out of it. Draw a point coming out from the trunk on the opposite side.

Step 3: The next step is to draw the Elephant's body. Draw a straight line down coming out from the bottom of the head. For the back draw a curved line coming from the top of the head, coming down and curving around the rear.

Step 4: Now you will need to draw the leg. Draw two parallel lines coming down from the body. They will need to curve inward and join together at an angled shape that will become the foot.

Step 5: Next draw the other leg by drawing two parallel lines joining in a similar foot as the first.

Step 6: The next step is to draw the belly and the hind leg. For the belly draw a slightly curved line from the front leg to wear the hind leg will be. For the hind leg, draw a line connecting from the rear down to the body and created a foot. Then have line go from the foot to just above the belly.

Step 7: Draw the other hind leg behind the front one by drawing to parallel lines and connecting them with the foot.

Step 8: The final step is to draw the tail by drawing to lines coming from the rear that connect in a point creating a thin tail. You now have an African Elephant.

Interesting Facts about the AFRICAN ELEPHANT

The African Elephant is a member of the mammal family and the scientific term for them is Loxodonta africana. The name Loxo means “oblique” and donta means “tooth.” They are the largest living land animal and they live in eastern, western, and central Africa. The nose of this animal acts as a fifth limb, a sound amplifier, and a method of touch.

Did you know?

  • The animal was first documented in 1827.
  • This has a trunk that ends in 2 opposing lips.
  • They have teeth that are 11 pounds.
  • The teeth are 1 foot long.
  • This species can weigh more than 13,000 pounds.
  • These are up to 13 feet tall.
  • They live to be about 60 years old.
  • These have tusks that weigh up to 100 pounds each.

This species spend their time in forests, woodlands, and deserts near shrubs. The animals form family units, and the male and female hold each other’s trunks during their mating ritual. These creatures possess the largest brain of any other land animal, which usually weighs about eleven pounds. They lose their teeth as they get older and die of starvation, which is a common cause of death.