Drawing a cute monkey can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. With the right guidance and materials, you can easily turn a blank page into an adorable primate. Here are some simple steps to get started:
- 1. Start with a circular shape. Begin by sketching out a basic circle shape. This will act as the head of the monkey and will serve as a good proportion guide. Use a light touch and be sure that your lines aren’t too aggressive or permanent at this juncture.
2. Draw the two eyes. Two simple circles will do the trick. Make sure to place them evenly apart at the center of the face to be sure that the monkey looks balanced. If you want to add more detail to the eyes, use a larger circle for the rims and then trace smaller circles in the center for the pupils. 3. Sketch out the ears. Ears should also be around the center of the head and should be a bit larger than the eyes. Draw two triangles on either side that stick out from the head. 4. Outline the nose and mouth. The monkey’s nose and mouth can be sketched out using a couple of simple lines. The nose should sit just above the eyes, and the mouth should be right beneath the nose.
Next, you will want to draw the body. You can make the body as round or as angular as you like. To teach yourself some basic perspective skills, start by sketching out lines that come inward and slightly curve downward to give the body a sense of depth and dimension. 5. Add details to the face. Use a series of curved and straight lines to add whiskers and fur around the face. This will help to bring your monkey to life and give it a more mischievous feel.
6. Draw the arms and legs. Connect the head to the body with lines for the arms and legs. Try to give them a curved quality and make sure that the legs are a tad bit longer than the arms. To give the limbs more depth, add more lines around them in different directions. Before you know it, your cute monkey will be taking shape.
7. Refine your lines. Once your monkey is complete, you can start to clean up your lines. Give your monkey some extra personality by playing around with the line thickness and the weight of the shading.
8. Add colors. The colors of your monkey should be chosen wisely. You don’t have to keep it specifically to an ape color palette, but try to use colors that will help bring your creature to life. Choose colors that contrast and pop! Editing the colors can also bring out texture, mood and intensity that will help add some extra personality to your primate.
9. Final touches. Finally, don’t forget to add a few final touches to your monkey to complete it. Maybe it needs a tail, a branch to hold onto, or even a funny expression. Be creative and have fun. Your monkey is unique and you should take pride in how it turned out!
10. Have fun, experiment and practice! Draw, re-draw, and keep practicing until you get it just right. Your cute monkey drawing won’t be perfect the first time — or the fifth. Keep working and experimenting with different techniques and details until you get the results you want.