How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Do you want to draw your own monkey? In this tutorial I will show you how to draw one step by step from scratch. We’ll sketch the pose, and then we’ll add body volume, the details of the face, and all the fur. No special skills required—the instructions will be very simple!

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

1. How to Draw a Monkey’s Pose

Step 1

Draw two circles, one smaller and one bigger, connected with a curve. This will be a base for the shape of the main body.

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Step 2

Connect both circles with curves following the rhythm of the middle curve.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 3

Sketch the branch under the monkey. Put it low enough to leave space for long monkey limbs.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 4

Add some guide lines in the front of the body: a line showing that the front is turned slightly towards us, and a line for the clavicles.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 5

Draw the forelimbs with very long forearms and hands.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 6

Draw the hind limbs with long calves and feet.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 7

Add a circle for the head.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 8

Put a cross on this spherical surface to find the direction of the head.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 9

Sketch the long tail.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

2. How to Draw a Monkey’s Body

Step 1

Add volume to the thighs by drawing ovals around the “bone”.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 2

Add volume to the arms as well.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 3

Draw ovals on the wrists and ankles to make them thicker.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 4

Connect the lower parts of the limbs with the upper parts.

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Step 5

Draw simple planes for the flat parts of the hands and feet.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 6

Draw the long fingers and toes for the hands and feet. They both have thumbs!

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 7

Draw a circle on the base of each finger/toe.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 8

Draw three ovals along each finger/toe. This will give them volume and shape.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

3. How to Draw a Monkey’s Head

Step 1

Draw a “mask” to create a space for eyes.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 2

Draw a teardrop-shaped mouth below.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 3

Add two circles inside the “mask”.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 4

Draw a smile in the lower part of the muzzle.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 5

Draw two nose holes.

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Step 6

The nose is flat, but it still has an outline. Draw it.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 7

Draw the rounded ears.

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Step 8

Create a neck behind the head, and outline the tail to make it thicker.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

4. How to Finish Your Drawing of a Monkey

We’re going to finish the drawing now. If you’ve been drawing traditionally, use a darker medium for these final outlines, or put a new sheet of paper over the sketch.

Step 1

Draw the curve of the flat nose.

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Step 2

Draw the mouth.

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Step 3

Outline the details of the face.

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Step 4

Outline the eyes.

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Step 5

Draw the eyelids around the eyes.

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Step 6

Darken the eyes, leaving some white for shine dots.

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Step 7

Outline the ears.

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Step 8

Add fur to the head, first around the face…

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… then on the back of the head.

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Step 9

Outline the fingers and toes.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 10

Add some fur to the top of the hands/feet.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Step 11

Add fur to the lower parts of the limbs. Keep one side smooth, and one furry.

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Step 12

Add fur to the upper parts of the limbs.

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Step 13

Add fur to the rest of the body.

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Step 14

Outline the branch.

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Step 15

Finally, make some lines thicker to make the drawing look complete without any shading.

How to Draw a Monkey Step by Step

Good Job!

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