In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Tapir step-by-step.
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All of the tutorials on How2DrawAnimals.com 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.
To draw this Tapir 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.
The Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw a circle near the middle of the paper as a guide for the front part of the tapir's body. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a lid. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle.
Step 2: To the left, draw a circle of similar size the same way as a guide for the back part of the body. Don't draw the circles far apart because the tapir's body will be too long.
Step 3: On the right side, draw yet another circle as a guide for the tapir's head. This circle should be about half the size of the other circles. Use the four-marks method to draw this circle too. The top edges of the three circles should line up, and they shouldn't be too far apart.
Step 4: Draw the guide for the muzzle by first making a small mark on the lower, right side of the head. Connect the mark to the tapir's head using curved line to create an arc for the muzzle.
Step 5: On top of the head, draw two short arcs as guides for the tapir's ears. Don't overlap the lines.