How to Draw a Cute Hippo

The humble hippo does not get enough love and attention; these are smart, intelligent, and super cute creatures, with plenty of great qualities to offer! Learn now how to draw your own hippo.


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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 circle at the top of your page. Add a small, curved line to the top of this.


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Then, add a larger circular shape around this, with a slight point to the left.


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Repeat this shape slightly to the left of the first…


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And then draw a curved line below this. At the top of this curved line, add another, slightly shorter curve.


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Add a small “c” shape, angled to around 45 degrees, to the left end of the curved line, and then add another reverse “c” to the right of this.


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Add two small, circular shapes inside each of these “c” shapes to create nostrils…


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And then add a vertical curved line in the center of these.


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Bring a curved line down from the left nostril, then bring this across to the right, up to a point, and back down and across, curving it up towards the top at the end. Top this with a short horizontal line.


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Add a series of small dots below each of the nostrils…


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And then add another wavy line emerging from the bottom, across to the right, and back up to a point to create a cheeky smile.


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Now, add two small “n” shapes to this bottom line – hippos have plenty of teeth!


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Add two lines – one emerging from the right tooth, and one in between the teeth – to create a tongue.


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Add another, parallel line below the chin and teeth…


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And then add a small, slanted mark above each of the eyes.


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Bring a line up from the top of the nose, and curve this across to the right.


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Now, add two small “horseshoe” shapes, with smaller horseshoes inside, to create ears.


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Bring a line down from the right ear to connect to the right side of the jaw…


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And then draw a curved line from the center of the right ear, moving across to the right, and curving down.


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Add a curved line down from the center of the jaw, and then add a tall “u” shape below this for a leg. Add a small “m” shape to the bottom to create toes.


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Add another leg to the right of the first…


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Connect these two front legs together with a curved line, and then extend the curved line across to the right.


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Add another leg to the back…


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And then add another line just above the bottom line to create the belly.


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Now, bring two lines across from the right, ending with a small “flame” shape to create a tail.


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Use the black pen to add color to the nostrils…


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Use a pink pen to add color to the inside of the ears and the tongue…


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And then use a gray pen for the tummy.


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Now, use a light cyan pen for the rest of the body…


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And then use a red pen for the inside of the mouth.


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Grab your black pen, and add colors to the end of the tail.


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Then, use a blue pen for the bottom of the face…


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And the same shade along the bottom of the body, and the legs.


And voila! A super cute hippo, just waiting for adventure. Why not take a little time to learn more about these wonderful creatures – there is plenty to learn!

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