Zebras are animals known by any child, animals that help us define the letter Z in the alphabet, animals that have helped us tittle our pedestrian crossings today. They represent so much, they`re a powerful icon for the entire humanity thanks to their playful clothes. In a short adorable tutorial “Learn How to Draw a Zebra “ we will present this special character in a fun, educative light, this is the sixth part of our Cool Things to Draw Collection that we highly encourage you to visit if you`re interested in sketching and drawing. More information on zebras and the tutorial itself, after the break.
To enhance the drawing and coloring process, to highlight the educative component of the artistic environment, we have curated a list of fun facts about zebras that could come in handy, complementing the act with interesting knowledge.
- Part of the equidae family, zebras are basically relatives with donkeys and horses.
- Numerous theories have attempted to explain the zebras clothes and more are relating it to camouflage.
- The wild zebra lives in Africa.
- The common zebras are equipped with tails of around half a meter or 18 inches.
- The pedestrian crossing wears the name of the black and white animal today.
- To escape a predator a zebra would run from site do side when chased.
- The eyesight and hearing of a zebra is highly developed, an evolutionary adaptation to its environment.
- A zebra does not stand down to sleep, they sleep standing up.
- A zebra`s diet consists mainly of grass.
- One could find out the zebra`s mood based on its ears.
- In 2005 in the animated film Madagascar a zebra entitled Marty stole the show.
Step 1 – one ellipse like shape and half a circle
The head of a zebra will be formed roughly in our first step with one ellipse like shape and one circle that would position the nose roughly. .
STEP 2 – detailing the head in perspective
To add the perspective dimension considering the axes built previously a nose detail an eye and two years have been drawn.
STEP 3 – shaping the body and highlighting directions
The zebra shaped here will be resting by a tree, this is how we`ve envisioned it and, as result, it resides under the horizon line. We will use the horizon line to roughly position the limbs of the zebra.
STEP 4 – shaping the limbs -drawing a book
Simple cylinders will form the limbs of our zebra, it will hold a book, it`s probably the Things to Draw Collection in which it was featured.
STEP 5 – detailing the zebra`s head
To highlight the great eyesight of the zebra and its attention to the wild things in nature we have equipped our zebra with glasses and curious eyes.
STEP 6 – erasing construction lines and drawing the mane
A zebra too has a mane and here it has been drawn proudly. The construction lines are gone, the cute allure of the animal surfacing.
STEP 7 – detailing the stripes tail teeth and EARRINGS
In the last step prior context and shading we have added the magic of the zebra, the stripes. The zebra`s glimmer in its eyes has been highlighted, an earring has been drawn for coolness and a tiny tail is now present.
STEP 8 – drawing the context and basic shading
The zebra is resting under a tree, reading happily in a green meadow, pretty far away from its natural habitat. Get creative in this step and create your own context, your own setting.
STEP 9 – coloring
It goes without saying that the sky is rarely purple and zebras are never blue but the realm of imagination and creativity is, happily, far away from our reality. Zebras do not wear earrings by choice nor are they allowed to read. Color your way through happiness and go wild with colors. There are no rules here.
A zebra is a character that our children have to meet in one form of another, the simple act of drawing can introduce in their life the concept of pedestrian crossing as a parallel, tying connections, helping them associate different things, helping them understand a little part of our world. What do you think? We would love to hear your take on the educational role of drawing and coloring and how you use it today.
This feature is part of the “Things to Draw” Collection of drawings realized by Homesthetics Magazine in partnership with Designaissance Studio. The contents of the tutorial are copyright protected as it is the collection itself; if you are interested on sharing the drawings on your website or magazine please contact the magazine. Feel free to print or share the page for educative purposes as this is the definitory purpose of our mission with this collection.