How to draw a chimpanzee

Grid step

You can print out the base construction lines and start drawing on tracing paper or you can draw the grid layout yourself using the following steps… Show more

1) Draw a rectangle that will define the conditional proportions and boundaries of the chosen drawing.
2) From the middle of the rectangle, draw one vertical and one horizontal line equally dividing the shape.
3) Draw another horizontal line equally dividing the upper half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a horizontal line equally dividing the bottom half of the rectangle.
4) Draw a vertical line equally dividing the left half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a vertical line equally dividing the right half of the rectangle.

Step 1

Place four outermost points. Remember that the margins between them and sheet edges should not be of equal size.

Step 2

Sketch chimpanzee’s head and body by drawing two circles for the head part, and oval for the body Do not go into the details, try to work with body proportions only.

Step 3

Mark monkey’s middle spine line. Using previous steps, draw front and hind limbs of the chimpanzee. Mark joints with circles and bones with lines.
Use the spine line as a symmetry line. Remember that the chimpanzee anatomy is very similar to ours. Use this knowledge ☺

Step 4

Mark monkey’s muzzle middle line. Place ears, eyes, brow, nose and mouth position with straight lines. No details, only proportions.
Place monkey’s palms and foots.
The rounds are joints, the lines are bones. Do not be lazy to look up for information on the structure of the object that you are trying to draw. Especially when your goal is for most realistic picture.

Step 5

Now it’s time to work on "muscles" layer. Draw with smooth, curve lines the body outlines. Do not forget about chimpanzee’s face. Place the ears, eyes, nose and a mouth.

Step 6

At this step, you can start to work on details. Draw wrinkles on the face and limbs of an animal. Draw fur. It seems to "repeat" body’s volume. Also, hair varies in length. Since the left hind leg of chimpanzee is in the "shadow", there’s no need to add many details.

Step 7

Smoothen and erase unnecessary lines, make fur more dense where the shadow is. Also emphasise front paws outlines. This will add aerial perspective to you drawing. Your picture is ready!

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Natalia Moskovkina