Let’s draw two elephants in love step by step. Tools needed: paper, black pen, gray pen, dark gray pen, pink pen, purple pen, orange pen, red pen.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a black pen, and draw two small dots just to the left of center of your page, around two inches (5 cm) from the top.
Next, add two slightly larger circles around these dots, almost like a sideways figure 8 shape – make sure that the dots are placed on the right hand edge of the circles.
From the bottom of your “figure 8” shape, bring a long, curved line straight down and around, curling up at the bottom, and looping back up and down in a sideways “s” shape.
At the bottom of the loop, bring the line slightly back out, and across, before looping back up and round, parallel to the first curved line you drew. Stop the line around a quarter of an inch from the top – you now have the outline of your elephant’s trunk.
Draw a small semicircle shape to the left of the “figure 8”.
Next, add a small rectangle shape – leave the bottom open – with a small, curved triangle, pointing down, on the bottom of this. This will be your elephant tusk!
Return to the semicircle you drew, and bring another line curving downwards to meet the tusk, creating another small inverted triangle.
In this second triangle, add horizontal hatching all the way down the shape, for added detail and texture.
Next, add another triangle on the other side of the curved lines, this one pointing out to the right, roughly level with the first tusk.
Return to the top of your curved line – or trunk – and bring another line upwards, curving out slightly as you reach the top, before turning at a 90 degree angle to the left, and continuing the line across, and curving down to come just level with the tusk on the left hand side.
Then, add a curved line, heading downwards, just above the eyes – make this almost like a single eyebrow!
Now add a long, thin shape to the right hand side of your drawing – this should extend out to the right slightly, from just above the “eyebrow”, head down, curving in ever so slightly, and end in a soft point, curving back up around halfway down the trunk.
Add another triangle-shaped ear to the left hand side, bringing the line up and out from the line at the top of your drawing – head up at around a 45 degree angle, before adding a soft corner, bringing the line down, and ending with another soft corner at the bottom. Take another 45 degree angle upwards, and add a short, curved line extending to the right – stop just short of the tusk.
Now, add another, smaller triangle inside the left hand ear – keep your lines soft and curved, and finish with a short, curved line on the right hand side.
Bring a large semicircle out and around from just below the tip of the left ear, ending around half an inch (1.3 cm) from the bottom of the ear.
At the bottom of this semicircle, add a small square shape with no top – this will be your foot.
Move to the right hand side of the foot, and continue the curve up to meet the trunk.
Add another small foot, flicking up slightly, just below the trunk…
Add a third little foot just behind the original one…
And a final fourth foot just behind this one – your elephant should look almost as though he is dancing for joy!
Now, add a few details to your elephant, with three small semicircles on each of the toes, and a few short, slightly curved lines just above these.
Now add a tiny tail to the back of your elephant with a long, thin point…
And a couple of small lines on the top and at the curve of the trunk, to add texture and movement.
Next, move to the right of your elephant, and draw two small dots, just like before – make these roughly in line with the first set.
Add a slight curve just below these…
And enclose them in two tall semicircle shapes to create another set of eyes!
This time, add a line just above the dots, bisecting the shape, and extending this line out and to the right for long, luscious lashes.
Add two small marks just above the eyes for slightly bemused eyebrows.
Then, bring a ling, curved line extending down from below the left eye, curving down, in and back around, just like before.
Fill in the rest of the trunk as before, and bring the other line up and around – again, stop just below the eyes.
Add small sections of hatching to the curves of the trunk.
Now, extend the top curve of the trunk ever so slightly, and add another rectangle/point combination to create the first tusk.
Add another point to the left hand side of the trunk for the second tusk…
And add a small, “tick” shape to the right hand side, in between the top of the tusk and the bottom of the eye.
Now, return to the line at the top of the trunk on the left, and extend this up, across and over, finishing on the other side of the eyes to form the shape of the head.
On the left hand side, add a large curved shape to draw the left hand ear…
And repeat this on the other side with the right hand ear, leaving a gap between the bottom of the ear and the tusk.
Duplicate a smaller version of the shape inside the ear.
Before bringing a curved “C” shape up from the right of the head, around and down, ending roughly level with the bottom of the trunk.
Add a small foot at the bottom of the “C” shape…
And then continue the curve for a short while on the other side of this – leave a gap between the end of the line and the trunk.
Now add another small foot to the end of the line…
And complete the feet with another one just in front of either shape.
Next, add the same details with small semicircle shapes for the toes, and some gentle hatching for texture.
Add a small, pointy tail to the right hand side of your second elephant…
And bring the love to life with a love heart at the top!
Grab a gray pen, and fill in the main body of the first elephant – leave the inner ear, toes and tusks empty.
Use a darker gray pen to add color to the second elephant, leaving the same areas empty.
With a pink pen, fill in the inner ears on both animals…
And then grab a purple pen for the eyelids of your female elephant.
Switch to an orange pen to add some detail to the toes.
And finally, use a red pen to fill in the heart at the top!
And voila – you have a completed drawing of two gorgeous elephants, showing their love! This is the perfect way to add a little cheer to the world – or even let someone special know your true feelings…
Interesting Facts About Elephants
There is no denying that elephants are fascinating, intelligent creatures, but did you know they form intense, lifelong relationships with those in their herd – just like humans? These connections are attributed to their high levels of intelligence; elephants can create their own sunscreen, understand human body language, and even use tools!
There are three main species of elephants – the Asian elephant, the African Forest elephant, and the African Savannah elephant, and each have their own distinguishing features and unique traits.
Until fairly recently, there was a common misconception that the African Forest elephants were a subspecies of the wider African elephant – until a smart scientist figured out that they are actually a totally different species. The African Forest elephants have straighter tusks, and their ears have a rounder shape than their Savannah cousins, and they spend their time hiding out in the tropical forests of the Congo Basin of Africa. African elephants are different yet again from the Asian species – the former have large, floppy ears which are in the shape of the continent of Africa – a very cool fact! Asian elephants, on the other hand, are a little smaller, and their ears are instead shaped like India – once you start looking, there are plenty of cool facts to enjoy about these incredible creatures!
Sadly, despite their impressive size – African elephants can reach up to 3m in height, and weigh between 4000 and 7500 kg, and Asian elephants coming un at a slightly smaller 2.7m and a wright go 3000-6000 kg – they are still vulnerable to poachers, and ongoing conservation work is required to keep them safe.