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Uploaded: March 25, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: March 26, 2010
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There are so many animals that are interesting, unique, and odd. Today I thought I would submit a tutorial that will teach you an easy way to learn "how to draw a yak", step by step. This animal species is probably one of the more popular in existence, and yet no one talks about, or made any form of request to have this creature as a tutorial. What makes the yak unique looking is the amount of hair that is all over it's body. The undercoat to one of these animals is dense, soft, and extremely close to the skin or close matted. The outer coat is long, shaggy, and can either be brown or black in color. The hair is so long, that it almost touches the ground and even covers most of the yak's hooves. In pictures the long outer coat almost reminds me of messy dreadlocks. Anyway, yaks grow to reach almost one thousand pounds based on the amount of food they eat, as well as the stability of their environment. In pictures this animal looks to be stubby, and quite short. The fact is, their shoulder height is nearly seven feet high. They live in high elevated places during the summer months because there is snow covered ground which means they can keep comfortable with all that hair on their backs, and in the winter months they travel down the mountain so the frigid air isn't so intense. Naturally they live amongst groups of thirty or more yak, but they have been known to travel in larger groups of up to two hundred. As with many great plain animals they eat grass, herbs, and lichen, which is nothing more then algae or fungus. As you can tell by their appearance, they are close relatives to cattle. They are mainly found in central Asia, and are also considered to be a domesticated animal in some parts. Since I know there are no tutorials on these animals, I think you will have fun learning "how to draw a yak", step by step. I shall return again with some more drawing fun, so keep your eyes peeled to see what pops up next.

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how to draw a yak

How to Draw a Yak

how to draw a yak step 1

STEP 1.

To start, you will obviously need to draw the basic guidelines and shapes to form a frame for your yak. Begin with the head shape which is a perfect circle, and then add the facial guidelines. Next you will draw the horn lines, and then the arched shape of the neck. Attach the neck to another shape that is in the form of an egg. Lastly, draw the leg lines.
 
how to draw a yak step 2

STEP 2.

Now since the yak is a very shaggy looking animal, your lining must convey that as you sketch out the hair. Start by sketching out the shape of the muzzle, mouth, jaw, and head. Next draw the shaggy mane on the head, and then draw in the horns too. Sketch some long hair along the jaw line, and to form the shape of the body which consists of the chest, and undercarriage of the animal.
 
how to draw a yak step 3

STEP 3.

You will draw and color in the eye, and then sketch out the ear. Add detailing and definition to the bridge of the nose, and then add some hair definition to the yak's coat. One that is done you can draw the front legs, and hooves.
 
how to draw a yak step 4

STEP 4.

To finish your animal, continue to sketch out the back, and butt end of the yak's body. Again, detail and define the coat which should consist of shaggy lining. Draw the back legs and hooves, and then you are ready to start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a yak step 5

STEP 5.

You are all done. Just color in your finished drawing and you have successfully completed this sketch on "how to draw a yak". It was easy right?