Hippos are massive, water-loving creatures. They spend the majority of their lives in rivers and lakes, but they do sometimes venture onto land to find food or rest. They’re also quite dangerous, especially when provoked or hunted for their meat and ivory. In spite of their scary looks, they’re often portrayed as very cute in cartoons. Learning how to draw a hippo doesn’t have to be hard, but it does take practice. This simple tutorial makes the process easy enough for artists of all ages to try!
The first step in this how to draw a hippo is to sketch out the basic shapes. Begin by drawing two circles next to each other as guides for the body and legs. On the right side of one of the circles, add an arc that creates the head shape.
Once you’ve drawn the basic shapes, add details such as the eyes and ears. For the eyes, use short lines to depict the rounded outer shapes and indentations inside of them. On the top of the head, draw two erect ears.
For the mouth, add curve lines that resemble teeth and a gaping open mouth. Add a curve line that goes from the bottom of the jaw to the center of the face for the cheek and nose. Finally, draw a small circle for the snout and a bump for the eyebrow.
When you’re happy with the outline of your hippo, it’s time to start coloring. For the base coat, we recommend a light orange or pink shade. Use a soft brush to apply the paint and blend it well. Next, add the dark gray contour color. This should be applied around areas that would naturally be darker, such as the outlines of the head and body, as well as the texture lines.