How To Draw Cartoon Hippo


Let’s learn how to draw cartoon hippo. Drawing these cute creatures is really a very easy process, as you will see on the following sequence.

Hippo’s fat body may seem a little complex, please don’t be fooled.

The drawing tutorial below shows you how really simple and easy the drawing process is.

You will be able to draw this very quickly because hippo’s body is really simple. Looks like a huge noodle walking on short legs. 

It's just a cartoon :)



Draw Cartoon Hippo Step By Step

Draw a large been shaped thing – or noodle if you like and a smaller circle inside of it as you see on the picture.

The size of the noodle will determine the real size of your hippo’s body.

Next, draw another – smaller circle and two ellipses in the same position as you see on the picture.

Smaller circle is hippo’s head and ellipses are the upper and lower part of the muzzle.

Draw the eyes – two small popping out circles on the top of the head circle.

Join the muzzle ellipses as you see on the picture and outline the hippo’s lips – those are the half circles inside of ellipses.

Outline the contours of the legs.

Draw the fourth leg…as you see I forgot to draw it on the previous step :) …

You can erase now a part of the head circle, the smaller one. Do it as you see on this drawing. Leave the large circle as it is because it helps you to point out the corner of the opened muzzle.

Draw the tail :)

Here comes one of the most significant features: the teeth seen in opened mouth. And your cartoon hippo is almost ready :)

Don’t forget to draw the tail too :)





Hippos have a lot of fat and thick skin. So the skin then naturally creates many folds and wrinkles. Observe the picture and draw them.

Draw the nails on hippo’s legs.

Use a softer B4 or B6 graphite pencil and outline the contours as you see on this picture. If you don’t have B4 or softer, then standard HB will do the job well too.

Erase all unnecessary pencil lines so that the picture will look very clear. From now on you can follow this tutorial or you can take your color pencils and color the hippo.

Except standard eraser I also recommend using pencil-type-eraser.

The last step is shading the whole body of hippo.

Leave the space inside of the mouth brighter or even completely white. Also, the nails on hippo’s legs are left uncolored or brighter then the rest of the body.

Did You Enjoy Drawing Cartoon Hippo?

Check Out Also These Cartoon Drawing Tutorials:

Learn How To Draw People, Hands, Eyes, Faces And A Whole Lot More

Click here to learn more
  1. Home
  2. Draw Cartoon Characters
  3. Cartoon Hippo
Click here to learn more

What's New

  1. Raghava Lawrence

    Nov 07, 19 02:42 AM

    Cool portrait of Indian choreographer, actor, director and philanthropist Raghava Lawrence ♥️.

    see the drawings

  2. Ajith ♥️ Shalini

    Nov 07, 19 02:39 AM

    Everlasting love💕My favorite couple Ajith and Shalini😊

    see the drawings

  3. Bruce Lee

    Nov 06, 19 03:30 AM

    My latest attempt at realistic portrait, The Legend Bruce Lee.

    see the drawings

  4. Colors added to this cartoon

    Nov 03, 19 06:16 PM

    Yesterday I decided to add colors to this cartoon of mine. Coloration is more attractive.

    see the drawings

  5. Two imaginary art

    Nov 03, 19 06:14 PM

    As usual, the type of art I like.

    see the drawings

  6. Bharat Mata

    Nov 01, 19 06:42 PM

    Goddess Bharat or India.

    see the drawings

  7. Corruption

    Nov 01, 19 06:41 PM

    Corruption is headless and have a belly full of notes.

    see the drawings

  8. My first Anime Drawing

    Oct 30, 19 09:34 AM

    Well, I was bored cuz I watched the best anime so after that, I tried my first drawing, don't blame me, I'm only new to drawing. I'm in the middle school

    see the drawings

  9. Joker

    Oct 29, 19 06:37 PM

    Tried to draw Joker(Heath ledger version) He is my favourite joker of all time..

    see the drawings

  10. Drawing of coulrophobia

    Oct 29, 19 06:36 PM

    Fear of clowns is common when I was a kid I was terrified of clowns so now I decided to draw you fear on paper I really like the way it turned out in the

    see the drawings

  11. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

    Oct 26, 19 06:49 PM

    I just made it

    see the drawings

  12. Hermione

    Oct 26, 19 06:47 PM

    I was bored and just wanted to try something different and this seemed like a refreshing idea.

    see the drawings

  13. Black Dots

    Oct 26, 19 06:42 PM

    Can you count the BLACK DOTS?

    see the drawings

  14. First drawing with FC Polychromos

    Oct 26, 19 06:39 PM

    Basically,I am a student so I don't have much time to draw. And I take a lot of time! Hope the drawing is good,at the end. Thank you

    see the drawings

  15. The Ball Park

    Oct 26, 19 06:26 PM

    That’s one disappointed Penguin!

    see the drawings