How to Draw an American Plains Bison Buffalo

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an American Bison (Buffalo) step-by-step.

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All of the tutorials on are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.


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To draw this Turtle 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.

Draw Bison 1

Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the bison's body. They don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. The circle on the right will be a guide for the bison's big chest, so it should be a lot bigger than the circle on the left.

Draw Bison 2

Step 2: Draw another circle on the right side as a guide for the bison's head. The circle should be about the same size as the circle on the left side. It should also overlap the big circle a tiny bit.

Draw Bison 3

Step 3: Draw two intersecting lines inside the bison's head to help you place the animal's facial features later on.

Draw Bison 4

Step 4: Draw four angled lines under the body (two below each circle) as guides for the bison's legs.

Draw Bison 5

Step 5: Draw a series of curved lines that connect the major shapes to form the bison's body.

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