How to draw a Cartoon Hippo
Just for once we won't start with the eyes as we begin drawing a cartoon
The body can be drawn as just a big grey oval shape cut off along the bottom.
Hippos spend so much time in rivers that it seems a reasonable thing to pretend
their legs are under water (and its easier that way too!)
A series of lightly drawn elipses will give you the head shape
I put a bit of shadow round the head to create a 'cut out' effect.
A pair of small eyes for character. These are just simple black ovals inside
bigger white ovals.
And a big dopey smile. Add a pair of nostrils and shading lines in the ears
and the hippopotamus is finished. A very simple technique that looks pretty
When drawing Mrs Hippopotamus I gave her a smaller mouth and no nostrils
or lines in the ears. I think that simplifying things has actually improved
them, so maybe I can do the same for her friend?
Oh yes, that's great. Sometimes, in cartooning, 'less is more' which means
it is often best to keep things simple.
Good luck and keep drawing!