In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw the head detail of a Gorilla 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 Gorilla Portrait 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 big circle near the middle of the paper as a guide for the gorilla's head. First make four marks to determine the circle's height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. 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: Far down below the circle, make a small mark for the first part of the lower half of the head. Connect the mark to the circle using curved lines to create the guide for the gorilla's chin and jaw. The line on the left should be vertical for the side of the face, while the line on the right should be wide for the jaw.
Step 3: Near the middle of the circle, draw a curved, horizontal line for a construction guide to help you place the gorilla's facial features later. Above that, draw a shorter, curved, vertical line for another construction guide.
Step 4: Inside the head, on the lower half, draw a small circle as a guide to help you place the nose and mouth later. Use the four-marks method to draw this circle too. Make the shape a bit taller than it is wide. Pay attention to the size and placement of this circle in relation to the rest of the gorilla's head. On the right side of the head, draw a small, curved line as a guide for the ear.
Step 5: High above the first circle, make a small mark for the first part of the tall top part of the head. Connect the mark to the bottom part of the head using curved lines to form a shape similar to a giant oval. Draw this shape off to the right a bit. The line on the right should end on the side of the jaw.