How To Draw a Hippo (Hippopotamus)

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Hippopotamus in 8 easy steps. This Free step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of the Hippo.

This is a simple lesson designed for beginners and kids with real easy to follow steps. Feel free to print this page and use as a drawing tutorial.

Here are some fun facts about the Hippo you might find interesting.

  1. The Hippo is a herbivorous mammal.
  2. It is found in the sub-Saharan Africa region.
  3. Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human.
  4. The Hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often regarded as the most ferocious animal in Africa.
  5. Their specific gravity allows them to sink and walk or run along the bottom of a river.

Step 1: Start by drawing the forehead.

Step 2: Draw the top of where the eye will be.

Step 3: Draw the ear and the top of the body.

Step 4: Add more to the back and the beginning of the front legs.

Step 5: Draw the underbelly.

Step 6: Complete the legs and feet.

Step 7: Add the second set of legs.

Step 8: Draw in the final details to finish the Hippopotamus in 8 Steps.

Here’s a 1:30 video showing you how to draw a Hippopotamus using paper and a pencil.