A circus is a place of wonder, magic, and color – and one of the most popular sights tends to be the elephants! In just a few short steps, we will learn how to bring our very own circus elephant to life – let’s get started!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin with a black pen, and draw a small circle at the top of your page.
Now, add another, larger circle around this, so that the original shape is in the top right of the larger circle.
Add a series of curved lines from the inner circle to the outer one.
Next, add a curved “E” shape to the bottom left. Add curved, parallel lines to the tops and bottoms, and take this across, down, and then to the right – this will be your elephant’s trunk.
Add a triangle shape to the end of the top line, and curve the bottom of this.
Next, bring a curved line down from the bottom right corner of the triangle. Add two thin, wavy lines, and connect these with a point at the bottom.
Bring a line across from the left, and then take this up towards the top of the pointed section – this will be the ear. Add two curved lines emerging from the left of this new triangle.
Now, create the eye of your elephant with an oval shape to the left of the ear. Add another, smaller oval shape just below the top.
Return to the line at the bottom of the trunk, and add a curved “l” shape. Then, add a “u” shape to the right of this, with a mark on the top right stem, and draw a curved line around halfway up the “u” to create the mouth.
Connect the bottom of the mouth to the ear with a curved line…
Bring a line down from the bottom of the chin, and then angle this down towards the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
Add another line above this, and then a longer line just above this. Connect the two at the end, and add two “n” shapes to create the toes and front leg.
Add two more toes to the end of the back line…
And then add a curved line up and across to the right, and down slightly and across to the right on the bottom to form the first back leg. Take this up slightly at the end, and add two more toes.
Then, bring a curved line across and up to meet the bottom of the ear, and complete the back of your elephant.
Add a short, curved tail to the back, and add small marks to the end…
And then add a curve above the eye for a cheeky eyebrow.
Now, add a long, thin oval shape to the bottom of your elephant. Add curved lines to either end and connect these at the bottom to give him something to sit on.
Add another long, thin shape to the bottom of this.
Add a series of vertical lines all across the chair…
And then add a series of small shapes to the top of the hat to create tassels.
Add short, curved lines all across the hat…
And add small marks between the front and back legs.
Now, use a pencil to add small stars to the stool at the bottom.
Outline these with a black pen to create clear star shapes…
And then use an eraser to remove the pencil marks.
Grab a red pen, and shade alternate stripes at the bottom, on the hat, and on the ball…
And then use a yellow pen to complete the ball, the hat, and the bottom of the stool.
Use the red pen to shade the inside of the mouth and the top of the ear, and then use the brown pen for the top of the stool.
Shade the rest of the ear with a pink pen.
Shade the main section of the eye with a black pen, leaving a small dot in the center…
And then use a gray pen for the bottom of the trunk and chin, the bottom of the front leg, and the back of the elephant.
Finally, use a lighter gray for the face and the rest of the elephant’s body.
And voila – your very own circus elephant is ready to play and perform – all he needs now is a cool name!