how to draw an american buffalo

How to Draw a Buffalo

Step 1.

Lets start this step with a bunch of circles and lines that will guide you through the whole drawing the buffalo process. One big circle id for the middle of the body. The smaller butt end of the buffalo is the next circle to draw. Then the two circle shapes for the head and the lining for the leg in the front.

Step 2.

In this step what you are going to do next is draw the hind legs and the other front leg. You are also going to draw some simple sketching lines on the face to ensure that you get even eyes and a symmetrical looking face. Two lines that go across the forehead with one straight line going down the face and at the end of that line draw two smaller lines that go across the nose. Look at the image and draw in the guidelines for the legs.

Step 3.

Now in this part what you are going to do is start to sketch and draw in the face of the buffalo. When you draw the buffalo make sure you take your time with the detailing of the buffaloes coat that goes around the body and that is on the legs. Take your time and sketch in the ears which are not on top of the head but are in the sides of the face it seems. They have long shaggy hair and beards on their while face.

Step 4.

Now in this part you will be using your pencil more like a shading tool then drawing tool. Very lightly, sketch the definition lines around the head by shading in some of the hair that buffaloes process. Define and detail all four of the legs and make sure their hooves are evenly drawn and have that hairy age to it. Detail the snout as well. Buffaloes have wide nostrils and circle shaped eyes and with a blankness coming from them.

Step 5.

Here is your last step which is just basiclly sketching some more of the shaggy hair all over the buffalo except the back. Did you know that the buffaloes coat is so thick that snow literally just sits and melts on top of the buffaloes back? After you sketch in a sufficient amount of hair, erase all the guidelines and circles that you drew in step one. Look at your sketch and make sure it is perfect to your specifications. After you do all this move to the next step.

Step 6.

And there you have the American buffalo. You did an excellent job all you need to do is color the buffalo in and you are finally done.

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Uploaded: February 6, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: February 15, 2008
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The American Buffalo or Bison is one of the largest and heaviest animals that live in North America. These massive beast travels in humongous herds through out the Great Plains, even though they travel in phenomenal numbers, they never stay in one place to long. This animal is a lot like the Native Americans, always migrating to different locations to insure some from safety. These beautiful animals stand as high as 6 ½ feet tall and weigh in at close to one ton. WOW! Now that is what I call a hefty package. You would think that buffalo can not flee from predators to easy being that heavy. Well the fact is, they run at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. The appearances of the American buffalo consist of two horns that are slightly curved and can grow up to two feet long. There coat is a dark brown color from a little pass the shoulder. From the shoulder down the skin tone lightens up a bit to a medium to heavy brown. The part of the buffalo that is dark brown consists of a thick heavy shaggy type coat, and the rest of the body is all skin. They have very distinctive look, with a long block shaped head, big wide nose, and small round eyes. Many of us are familiar with the buffalo because they are often seen in movies as being one of the scared animals of Native Americans. Is this true you ask? Well, the fact is yes it is. Native Americans have respect and a genuine love for Mother Nature and her creatures that walk amongst her. The diets of the American buffalo consist of grass from the plains they graze on, herbs, twigs and shrubs. So that would make them herbivores. These mammals regurgitate there food after they swallow in order for their digestive system to break it down a lot easier. Now, female buffalo are called “cows” and the males are called “bulls”, no they are not cows but, they are all part of the same family. An interesting fact about the buffalo and its history is that in the 19th century 50 million of them were killed from settlers and not just for their meat either, but as for their hides and for sport as well. This tutorial will show and teach you how to draw the American buffalo with easy step by step instructions. I hope you have loads of fun drawing this magnificent animal.

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