How to Draw a Hippopotamus Hippo Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Hippopotamus step-by-step.

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To draw this Hippopotamus step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.

Below you can watch a NEW step-by-step video tutorial with NARRATED steps:

The following is a video tutorial where the steps are Written out within the video:


For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

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Step 1: Start with two circles next to each other as guides for the hippo's body. The circles are just guides, so it's okay if they're not perfect. Pay close attention to the spacing between the circles. If they're too far apart, you'll end up with a long hippopotamus.

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Step2: Draw a smaller circle on the lower right side as a guide for the hippo's head.

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Step 3: On the lower right side of that circle, draw an arc as a guide for the hippopotamus' muzzle.

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Step 4: Draw a series of curved lines that connect the major circles to form the hippopotamus' body.

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Step 5: Draw three bent lines under the hippo's body as guides for the feet.

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