How to Draw a Cute Baby Hippo

Hippos are smart, inquisitive, and friendly creatures, who are all too often overlooked in favor of those deemed fluffier or more adorable. Let’s prove how cute baby hippos can really be!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Start by taking a black fineliner pen, and drawing a small ring at the top of your page.


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Enclose this in a larger “bell” shape…


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And then add another “bell” shape to the left of the first. Add a short curved line in the center.


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Now, add more details inside this – a small circle, with another, smaller circle in the center of this.


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Add curved lines above the eyes…


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And add another, longer, curved line to the left of the left eye, curving up and across to the right.


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Now, bump the line down at the bottom, and curve it across to the right, and back up to end in a “flick”.


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Now, add two small circles to the bottom of this, both of which should have small curves above them.


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Add two “horseshoe” shapes to the top of the head to create cute ears…


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And close the outline of the face with a curved line.


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Now, bring a line across to the right, and curve this back down towards the bottom of the page.


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At the end of this, turn the line to the left at a 90-degree angle, and then bring a short line back up.


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Bring another line down from below the face, across to the right, and up slightly.


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Add another leg to the left of this…


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And connect the front and back with a curved line.


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Now, add another leg to the back…


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And add a series of “semicircles” to the bottom of each leg to create toes.


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Next, add a small, pointed triangle to the back of the hippo to create a cute tail…


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And shade in the body with a light gray pen.


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Use a light brown pen to go over the toes.


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Add color to the inside of the ears using a gray pen…


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And then fill in the eyes with a black fineliner pen, leaving the small dots white.


Now: did you ever see such an adorable baby hippo? Why not spend a little time learning about him – there is plenty to discover!

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