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How to Draw a Giraffe

In this really easy drawing tutorial you will learn to draw a simple giraffe.

Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. They are known for their long necks, which they use to reach tasty leaves high in the trees.

Although their necks are very long, they contain the same number of bones as your own neck - only the bones are much, much bigger!

Giraffes are also unique in that they have four stomachs rather than one. This helps them to digest tough leaves and twigs.

Another adaptation is the giraffe's fifteen inch long tongue. The giraffe's tongue is tough and covered in hair so that it can pull leaves from thorny trees.

Giraffes have long played a role in human culture.

Societies across Africa depicted the giraffe in their dance, mythology, and art. The largest petroglyphs, or rock carvings, in the world picture two life-sized giraffes. The ancient Egyptians kept giraffes as pets and gave them their own hieroglyphic symbol.

The surrealist painter Salvador Dali included flaming giraffes in his paintings. Melman the giraffe played a supporting role in the 2005 film Madagascar, and Geoffrey the giraffe has been the "spokesanimal" of the Toys "R" Us stores since the 1950's.

Would you like to draw your own giraffe? Doing so has never been easier, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Do you have a pencil and paper? That's all you'll need to stick your neck out and draw this interesting animal.

How to Draw a Baby Seal

Seals are aquatic mammals. This means that they are furry, warm-blooded animals that spend most of their time in the sea. They must come on land to rest and raise young. There are 32 species of seal worldwide.

Seals have several unique adaptations. Instead of feet or paws, seals have webbed flippers to propel them through the water. They may look clumsy on the land, but they are graceful when swimming. Seals also have a layer of fat called blubber that helps them stay warm in cold waters.

Did you know? A baby seal is called a pup, the male is a bull, and the female is a cow. Seals also come in many sizes. The smallest, the Baikal seal, lives in an inland lake in Siberia, Russia. Baikal seals are less than 5 feet (1.4 meters) in length. The largest seal is the elephant seal of California, U.S.A. Elephant seals can reach lengths of 21 feet (6.5 meters) and weigh more than 8,000 pounds (3,700 kilograms).

Cute seal pups have often served as mascots for conservation organizations. Why? Seals were almost hunted to extinction, but international laws now protect them from the dangers of overhunting.

Would you like to draw an adorable baby seal? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step baby animal drawing guide. You will need a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Deer

Deer are a versatile and widespread species. Deer are native to every continent except Australia and Antarctica, and they inhabit climates ranging from jungles to forests and meadows to snowy tundras.

Male deer are called "stags" or "bucks", females are called "doe", and the young are known as "fawns". Most fawns are born with a spotted pattern on their fur, but adult deer of some species, such as the sika and chital deer, also wear spots. Similarly, the males of most species sport antlers, or bony horns, while the females do not - with the exception of the reindeer, in which both males and females have antlers. Once a year, deer shed their antlers to grow a new set.

Deer are known to symbolize grace, beauty, peace, and dignity. Would you like to draw your very own deer? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.

Throughout this drawing guide, new lines are highlighted in blue. You may also want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes and erase guide lines. You may use paints, crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your completed drawing.

How to Draw a Puppy

The dog has been called "man's best friend." Dogs were domesticated from the gray wolf thousands of years ago. In the millennia since, dogs have served as companions, guardians, shepherds, and load-bearers for their human friends.

Today, there are more than 400 distinct breeds of dogs. They range in size from tiny chihuahuas to giant great Danes. Many dogs still go to work, including police dogs, seeing eye dogs, detection dogs, and sled dogs.

One famous puppy similar to that pictured in our drawing guide is the Poky Little Puppy. This children's book was released in 1942, and as of 2001, it was still the best selling children's book in the United States.

The story tells of a distracted puppy who at first avoids punishment because he is out exploring, but later misses out due to his "pokiness." In addition to books, the Poky Little Puppy appeared in a television series in the late 1990s.

Would you like to draw this adorable puppy? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step dog drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished friend.

How to Draw a Bee Hive

"I'm just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I'm only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me."
- Winnie the Pooh, "Little Black Rain Cloud," The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

In popular culture, beehives are often involved in honey gathering or a character being stung by a swarm of angry bees. We see one example of this in Winnie the Pooh, quoted above. Other animated films, such as Bee Movie, are centered entirely around this hard-working animal.

Are bees really just waiting to sting you? No. European and domestic honey bees are gentle and difficult to anger. They don't want to sting you, because if they do, they lose their stinger and die. They will only sting if they feel threatened. There are some bee species - Africanized honey bees, yellow jackets, murder hornets - that are aggressive and dangerous to humans. Beekeepers lookout for dangerous specimens and remove them from non-native environments.

Bees are becoming ever more popular in fashion and popular culture. Colony collapse disorder and other dangers threaten bee populations worldwide. Because pollination by bees is imperative to our food supply, many organizations now sell t-shirts and accessories with a "Save the Bees" motif.

Would you like to draw a cartoon beehive? This easy, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw My Little Pony – Rainbow Dash

Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise has been popular with a variety of audiences - ranging from preschoolers to adults - since the release of its first toy line in 1981. The first My Little Pony television cartoon aired in 1986, and popularity has continued to increase since the 2010 release of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

The ponies that reside in the magical land of Equestria are brightly colored. Each bears a symbol called a "cutie mark" on its flank. Rainbow Dash is a quirky Pegasus who enjoys aerial acrobatics and is known for her loyalty.

Would you like to draw your very own My Little Pony Rainbow Dash? Now you can, using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need to draw Rainbow Dash is a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pen, pencil, or marker. Of course, you'll also want a rainbow of crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color your finished sketch.

Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your initial lines before you complete the drawing.

How to Draw a Chibi Unicorn

"There can, we think, be little doubt that the unicorn exists in Africa not far north of the Cape of Good Hope, and perhaps, at some distant period it may be as well known as the elephant or the hippopotamus is at present."
- "Mammalia," Encyclopaedia Britannica, 4th Edition, 1801-1809

The unicorn is a mythical creature, usually depicted as a horse (or sometimes a goat) with a spiral horn on its forehead.

Did you know? Scientists and laymen alike once believed in the unicorn. During the Middle Ages, religious iconography often included unicorns due to the translation of the Hebrew re'em as "unicorn" in some bibles. This animal is now identified as the wild ox.

"Scientific" descriptions of living and fossil specimens also surfaced. Many of these are linked to the rhinoceros or the narwhal, a whale whose long tusk resembles the spiral horn of unicorn legend.

Would you like to draw a cute cartoon unicorn? This easy, step-by-step chibi cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You will also want to use brightly colored markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints to bring your creation to life!

How to Draw a Mouse

Mice have been a cartoon staple for over 100 years. From familiar characters such Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry, to many others - the rats of NIHM, the Great Mouse Detective, and the Rescuers, just to name a few - these cute creatures have captured our hearts and our imaginations.

Would you like to be able to draw a cartoon mouse? Use this step-by-step tutorial to learn to draw your very own cute mouse cartoon. This mouse's large, expressive eyes endow it with a sense of visual depth and emotion.

What will you need to begin? You will need only a few supplies - a piece of paper and a writing implement, such as a pencil, markers, or a pen. After you've finished, you may color in your mouse to truly bring your sketch to life.

In the illustrated guide below, the new marks in each step are highlighted in blue. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your early marks as you go along. Once you have mastered this mouse, why not experiment with changing the position of his head, arms, or tail. Soon, you will be able to use your mouse cartoon for any project you may desire.

How to Draw a Cute Unicorn

Unicorns are mythical, magical horses with spiral horns in the center of their heads. While there is no fossil evidence of such a creature, it has been depicted in the artwork of civilizations across Europe and Asia since antiquity.

In fact, in ancient Greece, the unicorn featured not in their mythology, but in their encyclopedias of natural history.

It is theorized that the idea of the unicorn may have come about when the spiral shaped tusks of a whale called the narwhal were discovered on the seashore. In medieval Europe, narwhal tusks were often sold as unicorn horns, thought to posses the power to cleanse poisoned water and heal illnesses.

Modern popular culture has heartily adopted the unicorn, especially in children's cartoons. Popular renditions of this legendary animal include The Last Unicorn (1982), The Chronicles of Narnia (2005), and the various retellings of the My Little Pony series.

Would you like to draw your very own cute cartoon unicorn with wings? All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. Optionally, you may want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes and remove guide lines.

In each step of this drawing guide, you will either add new lines to your drawing - highlighted in blue in the illustrations - or erase lines made previously.

If you have paints, markers, crayons, or colored pencils, you can shade your finished picture.

How to Draw a Duck

In a 2002 study conducted by psychologist Richard Wiseman, ducks were found to be the animal most associated with humor, jokes, and silliness in numerous cultures. It is no wonder, then, that ducks are among the beloved characters of longstanding, entertaining cartoons.

Perhaps the most famous cartoon duck is Disney's Donald Duck, who first appeared in 1934. The Disney universe is inhabited by many other duck characters as well, including Donald's girlfriend Daisy Duck, his uncle Scrooge McDuck, and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

Another well-known cartoon duck is the Looney Tunes’ Daffy Duck, who made his debut just three years after Donald. Daffy also has a cartoon family of similar characters, including Daphne Duck, Melissa Duck, and Plucky Duck.

Would you like to be able to draw your very own duck? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper. Optionally, you may want to use an eraser to clear guide lines and correct mistakes. If you wish to color your finished drawing, you may use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints.

Each step in this easy drawing guide includes both written instructions and an illustration. In each illustration, lines added in previous steps will be shown in black, whereas those to be added in the current step are highlighted in blue.

How to Draw a Chicken

The chicken is one of the most widespread animals in the world. It was domesticated thousands of years ago from the red jungle fowl of Asia.

Ancient Egyptians called the chicken "the bird who gives birth every day." As of 2011, there were about 19 billion chickens spread throughout every country on earth.

It is no surprise, then, that such a well known animal would feature in our art and entertainment. Chickens have enjoyed starring roles in such animated films as Chicken Little (2005), and Chicken Run (2000).

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Their supporting cast includes legends such as Looney Tunes' Foghorn Leghorn, and lesser known birds from Cow and Chicken and the various How to Train Your Dragon cartoon series.

If you would like to draw your own chicken, all you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. Notice that in each step, new lines to be drawn are highlighted in blue.

You may also want to use an eraser to remove guide lines and correct mistakes. Use crayons, paints, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw a Turkey Dinner

​The turkey is a wild game bird native to North America. Native peoples began to domesticate the turkey hundreds of years ago, and it was taken to Europe by early explorers.

They called it the Turkey-cock due to its resemblance to guinea fowl of the geographic region of Turkey. Today's domesticated turkeys are much larger than their wild cousins, and they have lost the ability to fly (learn how to draw a turkey).

​​​​​​Did you know? Female turkeys are called hens, and young turkeys are poults. Male turkeys are called toms or gobblers, and it is they that display the long, proud feathers.

The term "turkey trot" came from the necessity of herding the birds from farms to cities to satisfy the demand for holiday turkey dinners. In the past, farmers marched turkeys on foot for miles and miles; today, this transport is handled by refrigerated trucks.

​​​​In Europe, the turkey soon became the poultry of choice for the Christmas dinner. In the United States, it is more closely associated with the Thanksgiving holiday for the supposed presence of the bird at the "first Thanksgiving" in 1621 (find more Thanksgiving drawing ideas).

In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin even suggested that the turkey would be a more fitting symbol of America than the bald eagle.

Each year, the president of the United States "pardons" a turkey from serving as Thanksgiving dinner. The freed birds then live out their lives at historic farms or Disney parks petting zoos.

​​​​Would you like to draw a tasty turkey dinner? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use colored pencils, crayons, or markers to shade your finished drawing.