How to Draw a Monkey

How to draw a monkey, step by step

There are various kinds of monkeys, but chimpanzee and orangutan are most similar looking to a man. Orangutan is even as tall as a man, but is much stronger. Most often we may see chimpanzees "at work" in a circus or a zoo, and sometimes in a photo studio. Let's try to draw a chimpanzee. It is unlikely that you would have a chance to draw a monkey by looking at it in real life, so you can simply refer to a picture. As with other animal drawings on this site, the step-by-step drawings provided here should help you draw a chimpanzee.

Step 1

How to draw a monkey, step 1

In order to draw a monkey in steps, let's first outline its body and head. To do that, first draw an oval for monkey's body and a smaller circle for its head. Draw an even smaller circle inside the lower part of the head's contour. We will focus only on its lower line in order to draw a monkey's snout correctly.

Step 2

How to draw a monkey, step 2

The monkey in the picture is sitting down; therefore, outline the hind legs in a sitting position. To make drawing legs and feet easier, it helps to draw small circles for joints. Visually, this technique helps you determine the right thickness of paws and their shape. While at this point it is hard to imagine how to draw a monkey from all these circles and ovals, let's carry on.

Step 3

How to draw a monkey, step 3

Make sure to check all proportions of a chimpanzee's body in your drawing. Front and hind paws should be of similar thickness and the head should be sized appropriately in relation to the body. Now you can erase extra lines where the contour lines crisscross. If proportions in the picture are correct, then let's bring out drawing of a chimpanzee to life. To begin, go over the initial body contours with pencil so that the monkey's body would take a definite form.

Step 4

How to draw a monkey, step 4

At this step you should erase all extra lines from the drawing of a monkey. Add hands and ears and you will see that the drawing is almost finished. The only thing that remains is to draw the monkey's snout.

Step 5

How to draw a monkey, step 5

It is not easy to draw a monkey but it is way harder to draw the snout. You may not get it right the first time, so practice a few times. At this point, make sure not to press too hard on a pencil so that you can easily erase and correct the lines later on. A monkey has pretty unusual shape of the mouth; if you manage to draw it well, it becomes easier to draw its eyes and nose. It is difficult to describe in words how to draw a monkey, so try to remember to refer to my drawing each step of the way.

Step 6

How to draw a monkey, step 6

Now you have to shade in the drawing of a monkey using # 2 pencil or color it with crayons. If you lack experience, it may be good idea not to use paint yet. In fact, lead pencil strokes could be a great way to shade in a monkey's fur. Chimpanzee's fur is black and its palms and feet are red. I hope this lesson on "how to draw a monkey" helped you draw a perfect chimpanzee!

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