How To Draw A Monkey


Isn’t it interesting why many of us are so eager to learn how to draw a monkey?
I am going to show you a few deceptively simple and easy-to-draw steps in a monkey drawing process.

Using this technique, you can draw virtually any kind of animal, human figures or other objects.

First, observe the picture carefully and try to see how each body part consists of imaginary circles and ellipses. Don't stare too long on this monkey's face because it looks pretty dumb silly...haha.

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Begin with drawing circles and ellipses representing each part of the body.

Notice that the circles are not exact, and that is perfectly alright here. We will correct this later. Start drawing circles from the head if possible.

Then draw a smaller circle representing the mouth of a monkey.

It is also very helpful to draw a central line across the head and the mouth to help you to draw the eyes and the nose of a monkey.



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Erase excess lines from the previous initial circle-and-ellipse drawing. Choose which lines should remain and which you erase.

At this stage you already learned how to draw a monkey? Did you noticed that?

Yes you have its basic balanced body outline, which is excellent. The rest is indeed very simple.

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We will use the central axis-line crossing the head and the mouth. It will help us to draw the parts of monkey’s face – the eyes, the nose and the mouth.

Notice that the individuality and character of the face of any animal including humans is determined by the eyes, the nose and the mouth.

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When you have these three elements, you are virtually ready with the drawing.

So it is good to make just a little bit special attention while you draw face features.

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You can begin to shade the area around the eyes and, to point out the nose.

Maybe you would like to ask what a kind of monkey is this? Let’s say, it resembles a little to a chimpanzee, because we often refer to a chimpanzee when sketch, draw or learn how to draw a monkey.

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You did the basic and most important job. The face of your monkey drawing is now ready.

The rest of the drawing is the easiest part - shading and highlighting the body.

Relax it is simple. Just observe the pencil strokes on the pictures and make it similar.

It is OK to make mistakes while you are learning how to draw a monkey, so do not be disappointed if some of the pencil strokes won’t appear as you wish.

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Draw the final outlines of the body, the hands, belly, back and the legs.

Erase all unnecessary pencil lines, remained from the initial circles so that you have a ready-made body outline which look like a real monkey.

To shade the body, it is good if you use HB or softer pencil. Let’s assume that the monkey’s (chimpanzee’s) fur is of black or dark brown color, so the pencil will do the job just good.

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Continue shading the body as you see on the picture. Notice that the pencil strokes are quite rough; I did not make any special attention to the exactness.

Just be careful with direction of the strokes, especially around elbows area and the part between the wrist and the bones of the fist that touches the ground.

Hands are slightly bended in those areas and it requires following it with the direction of strokes so it looks more natural.

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When you draw fur animals be careful about the direction of pencil strokes.

You can emphasize-outline the contours of hands, the head and other parts so that they will be easily distinguished among other dark parts.

The belly of monkey is slightly lighter, because it has fewer furs on it. Highlight a nipple on the chest too, that will give your picture a little realistic look.

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You have learned the very basic steps of how to draw a monkey. I think you would agree that monkey drawing is not difficult at all, and I am sure you've already memorized the drawing steps.

If you repeat the whole drawing once more, it should not take you more than 5 to 10 minutes of your time, or maybe even less.



Draw a Monkey - A Japanese Macaque

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I saw this somewhere in a magazine and I liked it instantly. You do not need to work out so hard every detail. You can draw (sketch) the fur of the monkey very roughly.

A mother – child relationship drawing of Japanese Macaque in winter.

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Outline the contour of the entire shape. Approximate lines are OK.

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Outline the basic shapes of each, adult monkey and the child. Outline the face of both and the approximate shape of the limbs.

This lesson of how to draw a monkey is in my opinion more joyful than the previous graphite pencil one.

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Here you can sketch the face in more detail. Not too precise please, because you may fall into the trap of: “can’t get it done perfectly”.

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Now, take your color pencils and begin to fill up the surface with very light brown color.

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Color the face with pinkish color. Child’s face pink color is weaker than the adult’s. Outline the contrast lines on adult’s face: mouth, nose, and eyes.

Monkeys are similar to humans. So when you learn how to draw a monkey, you should pay a bit attention of how the face features are done.

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When you have ready the faces, begin to sketch the furs. It is an easy and simple work. You only have to be careful to keep the shapes of the limbs visible.

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Always use combinations of more brown color shades. Every animal’s fur is always a combination – blend of similar color tones, almost never only one color tone.

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Add color pencil contrasts where you see necessary. Observe the picture carefully and just work it out in similar way. Use dark brown and black color pencil too.

Now you can show your friends too, how to draw a monkey.


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