How to Draw a Reticulated Giraffe Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Giraffe step-by-step.

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To draw this Giraffe step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

Below you can watch a NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are WRITTEN out within the video:

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

Draw Giraffe 1

Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the giraffe's body. The first circle should be a little longer, like an oval. The second circle should be smaller, and the top part should be about where the half point of the oval is. The shapes don't have to be perfect; they're just guides. Instead, pay closer attention to their placement.

Draw Giraffe 2

Step 2: Draw a smaller circle on the top right side as a guide for the giraffe's head. The higher the circle, the longer the neck will be.

Draw Giraffe 3

Step 3: Draw an arc on the right side of the giraffe's head as a guide for the muzzle.

Draw Giraffe 4

Step 4: Draw an angled line similar to an upside-down letter V on top of the head as a guide for the giraffe's ear.



Draw Giraffe 5

Step 5: Draw a series of curved lines to connect the major shapes and form the giraffe's long neck and body.

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