How drawing giraffes can stretch your skills.
As the world’s tallest living terrestrial animal, giraffes are iconic. These herbivores wander the grasslands in small groups, searching for greens and evading predators. While the life of a giraffe may seem relatively uncomplicated, that’s not the case when it comes to sketching them. With their exaggerated proportions, “giraffes are fascinating animals, but they’re fairly complex to draw,” says illustrator Terryl Whitlatch.
Before you sketch a giraffe, do some research. “It’s always helpful to study the skeletal structures and the defining shapes that the animal is made of,” notes illustrator and art director Alex Braun. When you understand how their ears are shaped, how their knees bend, and the slope of their spine, you’re better equipped to draw a graceful, eye-catching giraffe.