How to Draw a Hippo Head

Hippos are powerful, majestic creatures – and in our opinion, they do not get anywhere near enough love! We are on a mission to change that by creating our very own cute hippo head drawing – let’s get started!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Grab a ruler and a gray pencil, and add a long, vertical line from the bottom of your page, almost right to the top.


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Then, add a horizontal line across the top of your page.


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Add another horizontal line just above the bottom, and connect the two together with a vertical line on either side, creating a large rectangle with a line through the center.


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Next, add another rectangle, this time moving horizontally, across the bottom of your page.


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In this lower rectangle, create a cross shape by adding a horizontal line to the center.


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Draw a curved line in each of the top sections.


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Then, take an eraser and remove the sharp corners in the top section.


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Next, add a curved line to the bottom, spanning the bottom segments of the lower rectangle.


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Continue the bottom curve across the center, creating a large, wide “horseshoe” shape at the bottom.


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Connect the two sides of the “horseshoe” at the bottom with a curved line.


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Add two oval shapes to the top section, one on either side of the line, for eyes. Top these with angled lines above for eyebrows.


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Next, add two half-circle shapes to the top of the curved horizontal line…


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And then add two small ovals inside these for the nostrils.


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Time for some ears! Add two “horseshoe” shapes to the curved line at the very top, and follow these with smaller shapes inside the first.


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Next, add two ovals below the nostrils…


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And a wide, curved line just below the straight horizontal line.


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Add two straight, diagonal lines to the bottom curve, heading to the bottom corners of the page.


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Now, grab a black pen, and carefully go over the outline of your hippo’s face.


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Grab an eraser, and use this to remove any remaining pencil marks…


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And then use a light pink pen to shade the cheek spots.


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Use a light gray pen to shade the bottom of the face and the nose…


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And then use a dark gray pen for the top of the face, and the section at the bottom.


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Grab a black pen to fill in the eyes.


And in just a few short, simple steps, you have started your appreciation of the wonderful hippos. Why not do your own research to learn more – these are amazingly rewarding creatures.

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