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Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Manatee" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the manatee's body. The circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. Leave enough room on the sides for the head and tail.
Step 2: Draw a smaller circle on the right side as a guide for the manatee's head. The circle should be about one-fourth the size of the first one. Don't place the circles too far apart or the manatee will end up too long.
Step 3: Draw a small arc on the lower left side of the manatee's head as a guide for the muzzle. Manatees have somewhat flat muzzles, so the arc should be short and square-like in shape.
Step 4: Draw a few more curved lines as a guide for the rest of the manatee's body. Add a couple of lines that connect the two circles to form the front part of the body. Draw a long, sideways arc on the left side of the circle as a guide for the back part of the body.
Step 5: Draw a small U-shaped arc under the front part of the body as a guide for the manatee's flippers.