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How to Draw a Cartoon Wooly Mammoth

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This lesson - drawing a cartoon wooly mammoth (not a dinosaur of course - but a good category for it!) - focuses on three phases instead of two. Once you've got a framework in place, you'll first sketch in the simple 'straight' lines that compose it. In a third step, you'll creatively draw the fur - the wool! - using free-flowing random lines.

Sound good? Good!

Let's begin...

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How to Draw a Wooly Mammoth

3/4 view, start off your drawing with some simple overlapping circles. Use additional lines to help you map out the positioning of key features.

For example, I used two horizontal grey lines to guide the legs in place...

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And just like an elephant - a wooly mammoth has four legs, two tusks - and a trunk! Easy.

Here, I use different colors to better distinguish between the various components.

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OK. Now it's on to 'simple lines only' - nothing too fancy... UNLESS OF COURSE... you want to! The whole point with the next few steps, is to sketch a simple version first - before we go ahead and draw in the possibly tedious and detailed 'wool'. So keep your lines SUPER light for these first few steps...

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Using the cross - position the head accordingly on either side. Note - perfection can hold off here. Just get the 'gist' of it.

With most of the head complete...

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Keep going with the rest of your mammoth's head. Then move on to the front left leg...

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Notice the big 'bumps' that mammoths have. Here, I've gone ahead and tweaked the proportion slightly. After all... this is a cartoon. Have fun with it!

Coming along nicely - how 'bout yours?...

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So now our mammoth is complete. But of course - if you went at the lesson as suggested... we've still got to add the fur.Wooly Mammoth

Fading the previous drawing - and grabbing something darker to draw with - now let's have some fun... sketching in the wool of your cartoon wooly mammoth. These steps should be extra helpful to you - as you get to see the offsetting of lines. Gives a neat perspective on things...

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With your main drawing in place - the simple lines that is... you can now tap into the right brain solely - and move all over the drawing... gradually brining the finished product into view. It's similar to how paintings come together... in layers.

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So here's mine complete...

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And colored!...

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And that's that. A cool-looking three-phased cartoon wooly mammoth. Pretty fun I'd say. How about yourself? Did you enjoy this lesson?

More to come! :-)

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