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What You'll Be Creating

Pigs are a very interesting subject to draw, because they have a simple body structure: like a barrel with a head and legs. This means that even if you're a beginner, you can do a decent job of drawing a pig! In this tutorial I will show you how to do it step by step.

And if you're interested in pigs in general and want to learn more about various species and anatomy, you can try this tutorial instead:

1. How to Start a Drawing of a Pig

Step 1

Draw an oval. It doesn't need to be perfect.

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Step 2

Add a vertical oval to the front (for the shoulders) and a circle in the back (for the hips).

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Step 3

If we want to include the third dimension in our drawing, we need to plan the perspective first. Draw a vertical line towards the "ground", about half of the pig's torso's height. Then draw a cross on the ground using perspective.

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Step 4

Draw basic "legs" between the body and the ground.

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Step 5

Sketch the actual direction of the legs. Add a curly tail, too.

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Step 6

Add two circles to the shoulder to simulate its muscles.

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Step 7

Add the muscles to the other shoulder, and one big muscle to the thigh.

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Step 8

Add a huge, circular head right in the front. It should be slightly narrower than the rest of the body.

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2. How to Draw a Pig's Legs

Step 1

Draw circular joints in the legs: the wrists and ankles.

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Step 2

Sketch the bottom of each hoof.

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Step 3

Outline the hooves.

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Step 4

Add some muscles to the forearms and the calves.

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Step 5

Add the "toes" at the back of each hoof.

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Step 6

Split the hooves.

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Step 7

Outline the split hooves.

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Step 8

Outline the rest of the legs.

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3. How to Draw a Pig's Head

Step 1

Imagine the circle in the pig's head is a sphere. Cut it in half.

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Step 2

Attach a "cross" to the top of the head, creating the guide lines for the forehead, the eyes, and the snout.

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Step 3

Draw small eye sockets.

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Step 4

Sketch the general shape of the snout.

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Step 5

Draw a flat "nose bridge" on top of this snout sketch.

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Step 6

Cut the snout in half, towards the eye.

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Step 7

Draw a disc on the top of the snout.

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Step 8

Draw the top of the snout by connecting the disc with the rest. Keep its 3D shape in mind!

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Step 9

Draw the mouth.

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Step 10

Draw the lower jaw. Keep it fat!

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Step 11

Sketch the floppy ears.

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Step 12

Add the nose holes and the oval eyes.

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Step 13

Add some detail to the eye.

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4. How to Finish a Drawing of a Pig

Step 1

Draw all the lines clearly suggested by the guide lines.

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Step 2

Add some secondary lines to suggest some muscles under the skin.

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Keep the eyes small and simple

Step 3

Add some simple, linear shading to accentuate the 3D form of the body.

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Step 4

Darken the main outline to finish the drawing.

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Good Job!

That's a beautiful, happy pig! Are you in the mood for more simple drawing tutorials? We've got you covered:

Or maybe you want to try some other pig-related tutorials now? We have those, too!

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