How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

If you want to learn how to draw a giraffe, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial I will show you how to draw these amazing animals from scratch: first by establishing the guidelines of the skeleton, then by adding simplified muscle masses, and then by adding all the necessary details.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Even if you’re a beginner at drawing, you can draw a realistic giraffe with me! And if you want something simpler, I will also show you how to draw the characteristic giraffe pattern.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

This is a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a giraffe in a single pose. If you want to learn more about drawing giraffes, especially about their anatomy, try this tutorial instead:

  • How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern
    Animal Anatomy
    How to Draw Animals: Zebras and Giraffes
    Monika Zagrobelna

     

1. How to Draw a Giraffe’s Body

Step 1

The main body of a giraffe has a characteristic shape—the shoulders are much higher than the hips, and the whole torso is quite short. Sketch this shape to create a basic outline of the body.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 2

Divide this shape into thirds.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 3

Draw a circle in the first two thirds. This will help us see the ribcage.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 4

Add two circles in the front for the shoulder, and a tilted oval in the back for the hips.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 5

We’ll need more details to use these pieces of anatomy. Add the front of the shoulder, the front of the ribcage, and tips of the hips—all drawn as simple circles.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 6

Draw the sacrum right over the hips.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 7

Add the tail.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 8

Outline the silhouette of the body as the guidelines suggest.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

2. How to Draw a Giraffe’s Legs

Step 1

Giraffes have very long legs—but how long, exactly? It’s all about proportions. Measure the torso in the middle, and then add twice this length below, plus some extra space for the hooves.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 2

Sketch basic curves for the front and hind legs.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 3

Legs can only be legs if they have joints in the correct places. Here’s how you can find them:

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 4

Let’s add some depth to the drawing by adding another pair of legs slightly in the background. Draw the line of the ground above the previous one…

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

… and draw another pair of legs here.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 5

Mark their joints, too.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 6

The joints have a special shape that is very visible on these skinny legs. First, draw circles to create the joints over the hooves.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 7

Now, add semicircles for the “wrists” and “ankles”.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 8

Finish these joints by adding more shapes.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 9

Finally, the arm and the knee.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 10

Draw the top of the hooves by “cutting” the line right over them.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 11

Outline the hooves. They should be quite flat.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 12

Add some muscle masses.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe PatternHow to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 13

Outline the whole legs.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

3. How to Draw a Giraffe’s Neck and Head

Step 1

To find the proper length for the giraffe’s neck, use the length of the front limbs (without the hooves). You don’t have to use a ruler—these lengths just need to be visually similar.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 2

To give this neck the proper volume, draw three ovals across it.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 3

Outline the neck, merging it gently with the torso.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 4

Add an oval for the head. It should be quite small.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 5

The simplest way to quickly set the proportions of the head is to draw a cross made of the eye line and a line going along the whole head. This cross must be adjusted to the perspective.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 6

Add the muzzle in the front.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 7

Add the cheeks.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 8

Add the “eye sockets”. If you draw them bigger than the intended eyes, you get a better visual idea of where they should be placed.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 9

Draw the top of the muzzle.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 10

Add the long nostrils.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 11

Add the ears.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 12

Some giraffes have a bump on their forehead—this is where males store additional calcium.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 13

Sketch the two little horns.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 14

Draw the oval lines.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 15

Draw the bump over the eyes.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 16

Draw the long upper lip of the giraffe.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 17

Finish the shape of the head by connecting some of the guidelines.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

4. How to Finish the Drawing of a Giraffe

Step 1

The guidelines are all done, so it’s time to draw the final lines over them. You can use a darker tool now, erase the sketch to an extent, or put a new sheet of paper over it—it’s up to you.

Outline the body as the guidelines suggest.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 2

Outline the head and all its details.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 3

Add some details to the body.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 4

Some elements should be darker—the eyes, the nostrils, the mane, the tail, and the hooves.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 5

To better show the 3D form of the body, shade it in a simple way.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe PatternHow to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

5. How to Draw a Giraffe Pattern

Step 1

Let’s practice it on the side first. The pattern is pretty chaotic, but it has a special rhythm we have to follow. You can simulate it by drawing a lot of ovals/circles of similar size.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 2

Now you need to create borders between these ovals. First with long curves…

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

… then with simple lines, wherever necessary. Your goal is to keep all the ovals separate.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 3

Clean up these borders to create a regular mesh of polygons.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 4

Finally, draw patches inside the polygons, creating some distance between them. Make the lines a little wobbly to create a more natural shape.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 5

Various species of giraffe have slightly different patterns and colors, so don’t forget to check out some references to finish your pattern correctly!

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 6

Back to our drawing. Let’s use the same process: fill the whole body with ovals. Remember to adjust them to the 3D form of the giraffe’s body!

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 7

Now the sketch of the borders…

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe PatternHow to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 8

And the clean plan of the borders:

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 9

Finally, draw the patches.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 10

Darken the patches to create a proper contrast between them and the rest of the skin.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Step 11

Finally, shade the patches to fit the rest of the lighting, and add some final touches.

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

Beautiful Job!

Now you know how to draw a giraffe and a giraffe pattern! Are you interested in other giraffe-related tutorials? Check these out:

  • How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern
    Photo Effects
    Undress a Giraffe in Photoshop
    Alexandra Fomicheva

     

  • How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern
    Photo Manipulation
    How to Create a Surreal Giraffe Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop
    Jenny Le

     

And if you want to keep drawing, here are some other animal drawing tutorials. You’ll like the cow, especially—it’s very similar to a giraffe!

  • How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern
    Animals
    How to Draw a Cow
    Monika Zagrobelna

     

  • How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern
    Animals
    How to Draw a Puppy
    Monika Zagrobelna

     

  • How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern
    Animals
    How to Draw a Tiger
    Monika Zagrobelna

     

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern