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Uploaded: February 5, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: February 15, 2008
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Learning how to draw a Mandrill is an easy process if you have good instructions and good images. But before I show you how to sketch out one of these monkeys lets talk about them a little. These quiet, peaceful social animals are part of the baboon family. Mandrills live in the rain forests of equatorial Africa. Even though their colorful faces seem very fierce and intimidating these baboons are not aggressive at all. They are the biggest and oldest out of all monkeys in the world. You would think that the females and males look the same right? Wrong, it is the males that display the colorful hues on the face that contain blue, red skin on the front of there snouts that get brighter with excitement. While the females have no color at all, their faces are either a dark grey or brown color, and they are a lot smaller then the males as well. Mandrills are probably one of the most colorful animals in existence today and maintain their shyness from the public. They live in groups from fifteen to over one hundred. There is always only one male in the tribe and several females with the young as well. The male mandrill will always mate with more then one of the females in the tribe, so it is safe to say that one male fathers them all. When a female mandrill goes in heat her bottom will swell up and turn to a puffy pinkish color indicating that she is ready to mate. They also have large canine teeth about 5 inches long that are used in defense. Most would think that when they show there teeth out of aggression, but the fact is when canines are being displayed, it’s a form of being friendly and shows affection. Their diet in the wild consists of fruit, insects, certain twigs and leaves. They spend a lot of time on the ground when they are forging for food, in fact they spend more time on the ground then they do in the trees, the only time they go in the trees is to sleep. These primates are peaceful animals and it’s hard to believe that beautiful animals such as the Mandrill Baboons are an endangered species. They are hunted down as bushmeat from Africans and find them to be a delicacy. They really are feeling their homeland becoming more and more threatened with each passing day, from agriculture and from the settlement of man. When I show you how to draw these baboons take your time and read the steps so you get a good sketch drawn out. The step by step instructions will help you understand what to do next.

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Step 1. How to Draw a Mandrill Baboon