How To Draw A Camel

Let’s learn how to draw a camel. I made this drawing as easy as possible. You will see in this tutorial that the steps are really do-able even for an absolute beginner. Enlarge each drawing in the sequence below and you will see very clearly how simple it is.

You can draw this cute camel only in graphite pencil or make it till the end of the tutorial and color it.

I always say that drawing animals is often a bit complicated job...but, you will enjoy this – how to draw a camel - tutorial because it really IS simple.

Maybe it is because of the long legs and a little oddly looking body…I guess. Apart from that, camels are indispensable for people living in desert.

As you certainly know, currently there are two surviving species of camels: one-humped camel AKA Dromedary Camel and two-humped camel AKA Bactrian Camel.

Today, we will draw one humped - Dromedary Camel.



Go ahead, click on the picture to enlarge it and observe the size of the body, posture, length of camel’s legs, neck, etc.



So Let's Learn How To Draw A Camel

The first sketch is hard to describe, but each part represents a part of the Camel’s body. The middle egg-like shape is the belly, smaller rectangle is the camel’s hip (butt) and the larger rectangle is the chest.

Sketch these three shapes approximately the same as you see on the picture. If you are unsure, check out the next step in the sequence, which should give you a hint, how to sketch these three things.

You can roughly outline the hump; just make it square-like shaped, we shall round it later.

Sketch the upper part of all four legs and outline the neck.

Now we are getting really closer to the (almost) final shape of the Camel’s body. This third step should give you an idea of how to draw a camel very roughly.

Complete the lower part of all four legs as you se on the picture. Do it very roughly, make only very light pencil lines because you will need to erase some of them later.

Notice that the shape of all legs looks square-shaped, it is OK, we will make them round later. All four feet are only a kind of half-ellipses. Do it in a similar fashion as you see on this picture.

Sketch the camel’s head. Notice that the head is sketched only as a single circle and the muzzle is an ellipse-like shape.

We can now gradually erase the unnecessary pencil sketch lines. It is very convenient to use a pencil type eraser, if you have one.

You can start to join every part of the Camel’s body, and gradually create a nice and round silhouette as you see on the picture

Continue joining each body parts and make the body silhouette look round and natural. Outline the legs and the tail.

Notice, that here I made one slight correction, I have changed the direction of the ears.




Finish the silhouette outline of the entire body. It should look similar as on this picture or possibly better.

Now let’s take a look at the detail on Camel’s head. Outline the muzzle, the eyes, the nose in similar fashion as on this picture.

Make sure that even the final pencil lines are rather weaker, i.e. do not push the pencil too hard.

From this point on, we are going to color it. Take a light brown pencil and by a single line draw the whole silhouette of the body. Draw it over the original graphite pencil line.

When you are done, take an eraser and erase all graphite pencil lines. You may also erase some colored pencil lines by mistake too, but it is OK, just draw them again on the same place.

Your camel should look now like a real camel. You have successfully learned how to draw a camel. From here the rest is just a coloring page work, but I suggest you to do it till the end.

Using a light brown color pencil, color out flat the whole body. No shading yet! Just plain brown color all over the body with the same or similar intensity.

If you would like to shade the body of your camel better than this one, Google out some images of camels and you will get the idea, or you can just follow me here.

Take a darker brown color pencil and begin shading the body parts as you see on the picture. The reason I told you to Google some photos is because of this. Seeing an actual photo is very important.

Generally, parts under the belly should be darker than those on the upper parts.

When you have finished the coloring you can finish the camel’s head. Enlarge the picture and observe the details, the nose, muzzle, eyes, ears, etc.

This camel has a smiling expression, but camels generally look like this. The shape of their mouth makes an impression of a smiling face.

Did You Enjoy Drawing a Camel?

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