how to draw a sumatran orangutan

How To Draw an Orangutan

Step 1.

Lets start off this step by drawing out all the guidelines to help you draw your Orangutan alot easier. Start by drawing the shape of an oval head. Now, draw two lines that come exactly from the sides of the orangutans head and draw a straight line from there to create the frame work for the shoulders and long arms. On the ned of the oval shape draw a circle shape that will over lap a larger round circle for the torso of the monkey. At the ends of the stick arms draw two round circles for the hands, then move to the left side of the torso shape and begin to draw the stick line for the left leg with a round ball for the knee and a round circle for the foot. On the right side as you can see is a much smaller shape for the leg. Sketch out all these steps and move to the next step.

Step 2.

Now what I what you to do is look very closely to the sketched image and see what you have to work on next. I will guide you threw this step by step but I just want you to get a mental picture to what you are going to be drawing. Orangutans have very dense body's, so what I want you to do is start the line art for the actual form of the apes body. You can see as you do this he is already taking form looking more like an orange haired monkey.

Step 3.

This step like all steps contains instructions on how to detail your orangutan. Starting at the face sketch two small oblong eyes. Then in the circle that overlaps the face and torso I want you to sketch in the mouth and clef that is above the lip. Another thing about orangutans is that their lips are wide and prominent. You notice that when you move down toward the hands, their fingers look very long and stiff. This is because they use their hands for hanging on trees and ripping food apart, so when drawing the fingers there is no need to be delicate. Same thing goes for their feet and legs. Sketch them out then draw them in.

Step 4.

Adding hair around the head, left shoulder and arm is the next step. Again look at the image to help give you the idea on the type of hand stroke needed to create this effect. Take your pencil and just stroke it from side to side going in and out. Press down on the pencil lightly when doing this so if you make any mistakes it won't be to hard to erase that marks off your paper. Orangutans have a sadness to their face that is the expression you are going for when you sketch out the definition on the face. They look like old people in a way the only difference is, their skin has rough wrinkles instead of smooth ones. After accomplishing this step proceed on.

Step 5.

This is short step. All you need to do is sketch in some more hair detail on top of the monkeys head. They have very long hair so when you sketch it out keep that in mind. Also before leaving this step draw the knuckle detail on the left and right hand with simple small horizontal lines, and draw in the eye balls and pupils of the eyes.

Step 6.

This is another short step. Finish off the sketch by sketching out the rest of the long hair all over the body. After you are done doing this the only thing left to do is erase all the guidelines that you drew in step one and clean up your art. When you are satisfied with your work move to the next step.

Step 7.

There you have it the Sumatran Orangutan. He kinda looks the Bigfoot from Harry and the Henderson's doesn't he? Well I hope you had fun.

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Uploaded: February 1, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: February 15, 2008
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Artist comments

Orangutans like most primates have enough smarts to comprehend reason and think. Because they have that ability, they can respond to mankind very easily. The Orangutan has dark amber colored hair from head to toe. The only part that is not covered by their red locks is their face, hands, and feet. An interesting fact about these mammals is that they are the largest tree dwelling animal in the world. The people of their native country which is the rain forest of Asia think of the orangutans as people of the forest. Orangutans are like birds in a lot of ways, one reason is because, they build huge nest on treetops and will actually play, eat, sleep, and mate in the spots they make amongst the treetops. Another reason why they are like birds is because they rarely have any reason at all to come down from the branches. Orangutans have feet that act as human hands which they use to climb with. Their hip bones are designed to hold them in any position they can hang in whether it’s upside down, feet behind the head, or just rolling around they are as flexible as they come. As you know they have very long arms and very strong hands for reaching their food and prying it open at times. Male Orangutans can weigh as high s 230 pounds depending on their diet and how often they move. Because of their large size, males are more prone to travel on foot. Females who are almost always hanging out in the trees weigh a lot less then the males, which is why they stay above ground, sometimes up to 100 feet high. They truly are an interesting creature and I’ve always been found of them since I was a child. I can remember being in Jr. High, I had a pottery class and I chose to sculpt an Orangutan holding her young. This tutorial image is from that very sculpture and the only thing missing is the little baby. I show you how to draw the Sumatran Orangutan step by step with easy instructions so that even children can understand. If you take your time with this sketch, you can learn to draw like a pro no matter how old you are. Enjoy and I’ll catch you next time.

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