When it comes to seriously underrated animals, it could be argued that cows are at the top of the list. Often overlooked as classic countryside decoration, these are actually smart, friendly and incredibly sociable animals, picking their own friends from the herd, and exhibiting stress when they are parted. They are also full of unexpected surprises, such as the possession of four compartments in one stomach, an inability to see the color red, and an ability to swim, which is often overlooked!
To celebrate these wonderful creatures, read on to discover how to draw your very own adorable calf step by step easily!
Cartoon Calf Drawing Tutorial Video
Get a white sheet of paper and a black marker. Begin by drawing a small triangular shape, but leave the bottom incomplete.
Next, draw six small leaf-shapes, pointing downwards and bunched together, and attached adjacent to your original triangle.
Go to the right of this bunch of leaf-shapes, and find the spot between the top two leaves. Add another small triangle shape, this time pointing to the right, sprouting out of the bunch.
At the bottom right corner of this second triangle, draw a wavy line heading downwards.
From the bottom of this line, draw another line heading upwards and to the left, and connect the two lines together at the bottom point.
Move to the point at the bottom, and draw a line from this bottom corner, up to the bottom of the leaf bunch we drew earlier.
Head back to the left hand side, and to the first triangle shape we drew. From the side of this, bring out a horizontal wave line to around half an inch (1.3 cm) in length.
Echoing the step earlier, head to the bottom of this line, and draw another wavy line parallel, joining one end to the tip of the line, and the other back up to the original triangle.
Return to the point at the left hand side of these lines, and bring another line out to the right, making this slightly curved downwards and back up at the end.
Next, head to the bottom of the original triangle, which should have a curved line created by the “leaf bunch”. Continue this curved line gently downwards in a smooth motion, and bring it almost level with the curved shape on the right hand side.
At the bottom of this line, draw a small circular shape.
Thicken the line at the top of this circular shape, and then add a few small lines upwards – these will be your eyelashes, so make them long and luscious – cows are well known for their gorgeous and enviable lashes!
Inside the circle, draw a smaller oval shape, overlapping the bottom of this with the bottom of the circle. Then, draw a small dot in the center of this inner object. You now have one of your cow’s eyes!
Move to the curved line just above your new eye, and continue this line down, curving to the right, and then back up to join the other side. As you will be able to see, this is now the outline of your calf face.
Draw another circle in line with the first, and make it roughly the same size.
Add the same details as we did to the first eye – thicken the top line, add an oval around halfway down, and add a dot in the center for the pupil. You don’t need lashes on this one.
Move to the top of your eyes, and add a gently curved line above each, with a jaunty flick at the ends. Add a little thickness to these, and you will be able to see the eyebrows spring to life.
Move your pencil to around halfway down the face, roughly in line with the center of the eyes. From here, draw a wavy line outwards to the right, before moving down at a rough ninety degree angle, and continuing the wavy line downwards.
Continue from the bottom of this line, and draw around half an inch (1.3 cm) to the left, before taking another ninety degree angle upwards. Stay relatively straight for about half an inch (1.3 cm), and then add a gentle curve out to the left as you move upwards. Stop your line around half an inch (1.3 cm) from the top line. We will refer to this later as the “second inner line.”
Move to the bottom of the shape you just drew, and add a small “box” shape to the bottom, where you have a short, almost straight line. This will develop into the hoof of your calf!
Just above this bottom box, or hoof, draw a small square, using the line you drew earlier as one of the sides of the shape.
Move back up to the top of the curved line, and place your pencil at the top, in line with the ninety degree line heading downwards. There should be a slight curving inwards here; move to the top of the curve, and draw a smooth line to connect the top and bottom, so that the entire right hand line is a smooth curve downwards. Next, add another, smaller line inside this, close to the original inside curve. Do you see the tail emerging?
Just below the tail you created, add a small, curved triangle to the right – this is the tip of your calves tail!
Move back to the second inner line, and place your pencil just below the curve at the top. From here, draw a short, curved line to the left.
On the other side of this line, it is time to add the second leg. Move your pencil up so that it is roughly level with the top of the second inner line, and draw down so you are level with the box shape you turned into a hoof earlier. Add another hoof to this leg, and then bring the line back up on the other side, curving gently to the left.
Move back to this central line connecting the legs, and add another leg in between the two you have just drawn. Here, head to the point at which the central line hits the front leg, and draw a line straight downwards from here. This time, stop your line slightly higher than the other legs, and then draw across so that the top of the hoof is roughly in line with the square on the back leg. Add the hoof, and follow up by adding a curved line from the middle of the central line to the back leg – this will be your udder. Add a few details by making small marks all around the outside of the udder shape.
Return to the bottom of the head, and move your pencil to the bottom curve, where your calves chin would be. From here, draw an upside down loop, with the bottom connected to the line of the face. Make sure the bottoms of the lines flare out every so slightly.
Move to the bottom of your loop, and draw a curved line to connect the ends. Add a small semi-circle beneath this, to form the bell, and add detail by drawing another horizontal line across the bottom of the shape.
Draw another line, following the shape of the face to form a collar.
Next, add the final leg to your drawing, following the same pattern as the others.
Add two curved shapes to the center of the face, to create the nostrils.
Add one more patch on the back.
Add some detail by coloring the patches. Draw a wavy patch around the eye, and fill this in – all cows need their patches! You can also color in one of the ears.
Add some color to the leaf bunch at the top – this is now the hair of your calf, so help them look stylish with a bright yellow!
Add some yellow to the bell to help it really shine.
Fill in the collar and hooves with a bright, earthy brown tone.
Add some pink to the udder and nostrils.
Finally, add some gentle shading to the ear, back and legs of your calf – you can really enjoy adding your own touch here.
And so there we have it! In just a few easy steps, you can craft your very own cow drawing, and take some time to enjoy and celebrate these truly magnificent creatures in all their glory. Happy drawing!