How to Draw an African Elephant Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw an African Elephant 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 Elephant 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.

Draw Elephant 1

Step 1: Draw a big oval as a guide for the elephant's body.

Draw Elephant 2

Step 2: Draw a circle next to the oval as a guide for the elephant's head.

Draw Elephant 3

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

Draw Elephant 4

Step 4: Draw a long curved line next to the elephant's head as a guide for the trunk.

Draw Elephant 5

Step 5: Draw another curved line from the bottom of the head that intersects with the trunk as a guide for the elephant's tusk.

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