Let’s draw an abstract elephant step by step. Tools needed: paper, red pen, black pen, pink pen, orange pen, green pen, light green pen, blue pen, purple pen, yellow pen, pink pencil.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a red pen, and begin a line around an inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom corner of the page, Move up diagonally for around an inch (2.5 cm), before curving the line up and across. Curl this line back down, before looping up and around in a backwards “C” shape.
Then, add a small “point”, just to the left of the downwards curve. Keep the edges curved as the shape comes to a point.
Return to the tip of the “backwards C”, and add another, parallel line, curving down and around to connect to the side of the “point.” This will be your elephant’s trunk.
Now, add one vertical line from the left hand side of the “point”, and another parallel to this. Join the lines together at the bottom with a horizontal line, and add another “block” just beneath this. This will be your elephant’s front leg!
Repeat the shape to the left, using the left hand line of the front leg to form the right hand line of the second leg.
From the second leg, draw a horizontal line, slightly curved, moving across to the left for around half an inch (1.3 cm).
Add another leg at the end of this line, and continue the back line up, extending out to the left in a pointed tail.
Next, add another leg just in front of this back one , using the front line of the back leg as the back line of the one just in front.
Now, add a vibrant flower shape to the middle of your elephant’s body; use small “teardrop” shapes around a central circle.
Switch to a black pen, and draw a tiny circle in the right hand side of the shape. Add a small crescent moon shape around halfway across this circle, and another tiny dot inside this crescent moon. Fill in the majority of the crescent moon shape, leaving the small dot empty. Then, add small lines all around for eyelashes.
Add another lotus flower shape with a red pen to the top back of your elephant, using long petals, and fill this in with detailed lines and hatching.
Use a lighter pink pen to fill in the rest of this shape, and then use your orange pen to gently outline the first flower, and fill in the empty space with the orange.
Grab a green pen, and add long, thin lines to represent foliage; use a long central line, and create smaller lines fanning off from this. Extend these out on either side, moving out from the central flower.
Use the same green to add short, wiggly lines extending up from the bottom of the feet on each of the legs.
Add two more tailing fronds to the top and bottom of the flower.
Then, use a light green pen to outline the fronds and foliage with a leaf shape, and gently shade over the darker lines, so that you have trails of leaves extending out across the elephant.
Change to a blue pen, and draw another small flower on the bottom of your elephant body. Add a circle to the center and fill this in with blue, before adding hatching to each of the petals.
Now, add a bumpy line all across the top line of the trunk, from top to tip.
Make this line a little thicker, so that you have clear, distinctive detail on the trunk.
Fill in the flower at the bottom with the same bright blue, keeping the shading lighter so that you can still see the main blue lines.
Change to a purple pen, and add another lotus flower shape to the top of your elephant, this time on the right hand side.
Fill in this flower with a blue pen for a stunning contrast.
Now, return to your orange pen and draw a small flower on the front leg, and another on the back leg.
Use the same orange shade to add another bumpy line along the bottom of the trunk, just opposite the purple one you drew earlier.
Once again, make this orange bumpy line a little thicker for more of a pattern.
Grab a yellow pen, and return to the orange flowers you just drew. Fill them in with a bright, cheerful yellow shade. Now add a series of zig-zag lines to the trunk, in between the bumpy lines you created earlier, by repeating patterns of diagonal lines in one direction, and then the other. Then, add a few diagonal lines to the forehead of your elephant.
Now grab a purple pen, and add a few more vertical lines to the legs, once again extending straight up, alongside the blue ones you created earlier. Then, switch to a cyan pen, and carefully add dots to each of the “bumps” you created on the trunk – these can go in the spaces between the outside line, and the thickened lines.
Use a pink pencil to gentle add shading to the back, tail and legs of your elephant.
Use a blue pen to add small “zig-zags” to the feet, so that you end up with alternating triangles of blue and white.
Finally, use an orange pen to fill in the alternating triangles, leaving you with alternating blue and orange shapes.
And voila! In just a few short steps you have learned everything you need to know to create your very own stunning abstract elephant – why not try again with different patterns and shapes for decoration?
Interesting Facts About Elephants
There are few creatures as majestic as the elephant; these are the largest land animals and, alongside this, also possess the largest brains. The old adage goes that an elephant never forgets, and it seems that there could be some truth in this – they have incredible memories, with an ability to remember other elephants, distant watering holes, and even humans who they have encountered – no matter how many years have passed.
Not only do individual elephants possess this incredible intelligence, but they also pass down their knowledge through the generations, moving from matriarch to matriarch, to help ensure the survival of their herd, and the entire species. Information about food and water sources, safe places, and routes to alternative areas are all passed down through the generations, and this gives elephants an incredible legacy.
They also have some notion of timing and seasons, and are able to adjust their schedules, arriving just in time for the fruit they are seeking to be ripe, and ensuring that they enjoy the best options for sustenance.
Communication is also important for these gentle creatures; and it is not limited to other elephants. They can also understand human communication, recognizing specific voices and languages, and responding to voices they feared, as well as those they trusted. Studies and research showed that they had the strongest reaction to adult male voices, with a less intense reaction to female, and younger male voices.
These are intelligent, gentle and marvelous creatures, and they deserve to be immortalized and celebrated in art. As part of this, let’s learn the steps to create our very own abstract elephant, and show our appreciation of these incredible animals with our drawing tutorial above.