Step 20: Darken the initial lines under the head to create the shape of the giraffe's neck. Add an extra bump at the bottom of the right side of the neck to create a hump. The neck should be very wide at the bottom and gradually get thin toward the top. Along the right edge of the neck, draw a series of short strokes for the giraffe's mane.
Step 21: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the giraffe's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the body. Draw the shape of the tail around the guide line on the left side. Part of the tail will be blocked by the leg. Add a series of long, wavy lines at the tip of the giraffe's tail for the hair found there.
Step 22: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink to avoid any accidents. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner giraffe drawing.
Final Step: Color your giraffe drawing! Use light brown to create different shapes for the coat pattern. Make the shapes big and blocky, and leave a narrow space between them. The edges of the shapes should almost interlock. Giraffes have different types of patterns depending on the subspecies. Cover the entire body in this pattern, except for the bottom s of the legs. The shapes should be smaller there too.
Color the shapes using light brown. Stay within the shape as you color. Color lightly at first. Then gradually build up to the level of darkness that you like. Coloring can be very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Make the shapes on the giraffe's legs smaller and lighter.
Color the top of the giraffe's head and horns light brown and add some spots to the head too. Use dark brown for the tips of the horns, the mane, the tail and a bit on the spots to make them darker. Use dark brown for the hooves too. Add a bit of yellow-orange to the rest of the body. Some giraffes are white between the spots, so you can skip the yellow- orange if you'd like.
Use gray, dark brown and a bit of purple to create some shadows and give the giraffe drawing more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw and color for a more accurate giraffe.
Use a mixture of gray, brown and a bit of purple to create a cast shadow under the body. Don't forget to pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace.