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Uploaded: May 24, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: May 28, 2009
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“Animals are wonderful, animals are fun. Draw your own animal and then your all done”. That was my version of a cute poem about animals. Why did I just write that down? Well, let's just say that I am in an animalistic mood right now. Anyways, I hope you guys are all ready for another great tutorial on “how to draw a hyena step by step”. Let's talk a little about the classic laughing animal that is known world wide. The hyena is an animal that scavenges through the left overs of other dead animals that were killed by lions, tigers, and other carnivorous mammals that romp the lands of Africa, Haiti, Kenya and so on. There are three different types of hyena and the one that I am showing you how to draw today is called the “spotted hyena”. The other two are “striped hyena”, and the “brown hyena”. These animals are very robust and hearty looking even though they have personalities of animals that are starving. Their diet is based on but not limited to; birds, bugs, lizards, snakes, and other animals of that nature. Though it may not seem like it, hyenas are incredibly skilled hunters that work together enabling them to take down very big animals like wildebeest. Unlike other African plains animals, the hyena is virtually an overpopulated animal that come in contact with villagers on a frequent basis. Did you know that the Kenyan people will sometimes leave their dead out for the taking so that hyenas feed on their remains? It's true, places like Kenya and Tanzania deal with the overpopulation of hyenas so much that they throw out the dead to keep the animals from feeding on the alive, (or so I've read). Anyway I know most people think that hyenas are close relatives to dogs right? Wrong, these scavengers are more like cats than any other animal out there. Weird huh? Okay enough about the hyena and on with the tutorial. I will shut up so that you can tackle this lesson on “how to draw a hyena step by step”. I shall return so stay tuned into DragoArt.com.

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How to Draw a Hyena

how to draw a hyena step 1

STEP 1.

Okay lets get down to the nitty gritty. Draw three shapes, one for the head, one for the mid section of the hyena's body and one for the butt end. You will then add the facial guidelines as well as the limb lines. Cap off the limb lines with small circle shapes for the feet.
 
how to draw a hyena step 2

STEP 2.

Now you will start sketching out the legs for the front as well as the hyena's hind legs. Next draw a slit line on the left side for the neck and then draw the eyes as well as shade them in. Make sure your sketching technique includes some loose lines for the fur or hair.
 
how to draw a hyena step 3

STEP 3.

You have reached the third step which means you are almost done. What I want you to do now is start sketching out the rest of the leg shapes and the paws. Again, use a hair sketching technique because hyena's are relatively hairy so you must convey that in your drawing. Make sure you sketch out the underbelly as well.
 
how to draw a hyena step 4

STEP 4.

You will now sketch out the shape of the hyena's head, the shape of the big round ears, the shape of the hyena's face, and then the round bold nose. Add some spots as you see here and then add some detailing and shading to the face, nose, ears and body. Sketch out the short fuzz that they have going down their spin and then draw out the rest of the body shape. You will lastly draw the markings on the hind legs.
 
how to draw a hyena step 5

STEP 5.

This is your final step and all you have to do is start erasing all the sketch lines and shapes to clean up your hyena. Once that is done you can go ahead ans start drawing in the spots and then add the shading as well.
 
how to draw a hyena step 6

STEP 6.

This is what your hyena should look like when you are done. If you want to you cam color in the animal and you have just learned "how to draw a hyena step by step".