How to Draw Cartoon Elephant

Drawing a cartoon elephant might seem a little difficult because the elephant itself is a unique animal. Has a unique body and does not resemble anything in an animal’s kingdom of its size.

On the other hand, roughly outlining an elephant’s body is not very difficult if you know the simple recipe. Even drawing a real elephant is not complicated at all if you understand few simple techniques.

Other cartoon characters
like cartoon hamster or cartoon rabbit  just to name a few, have many common features. Cute cartoon characters have many common features, resemblances. You can virtually copy and apply the same or similar pattern on many. But the elephant is different, and that may cause some difficulties when you attempt to draw one.


Here I show you how to draw a walking circus elephant. Its pose is not as common as you may expect but I hope you will like it. It is only a cartoon :)



Let's Draw Cartoon Elephant

Draw two circles as you see in this picture. Notice how the upper circle is slightly on the side. The Upper Circle is the head and the lower circle is the body - or shall we say the belly of your elephant.

I would like you to draw these circles in similar sizes and positions to accurately capture the elephant’s size. Notice the pencil lines, how rough they are.

Join the head and the belly by drawing two slightly curved lines. Outline approximately the silhouettes of the trunk as you see in the picture.

Notice how this walking elephant is keeping the trunk happily lifted up.

Add two hands and two legs…haha…I know it sounds funny because elephants don’t have hands :) But since this one is a special walking cartoon elephant - let’s just call it hands and legs.

Now, we have to make slight corrections to the trunk. Observe how the trunk is ended on the elephant’s face. Draw it as you see in the picture and at the same time, you can draw the mouth too. Add the tail.

Add ears and the eye line. This elephant is happily smiling so the eye line is only symbolic. Although elephant ears are supposed to be much larger, this is a cartoon, so we can literally adjust anything as necessary.

You can begin gradually erasing the initial guidelines as necessary. Draw the outlines of the elephant’s dress. Observe this picture and try to do it as in this picture, or better. Add the hat. Use the pencil-type-eraser if necessary for erasing narrow spaces or fine lines.





As you erase pencil guidelines and unnecessary clusters and you’ll soon notice how your elephant starts to emerge. Its shape becomes more obvious. Gradually replace the initial guidelines with clear and distinct contours.

When you have erased all initial pencil guidelines, you can now outline clear contours of the entire body. Your cartoon elephant is now a ready coloring page.

Here you have two options: to color the elephant only by graphite pencil or by color pencils. Both are OK, do what fits best for you. I used colored pencils

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