How to Draw a Hippo Step by Step

In this step by step drawing tutorial, I will show you how to sketch a hippo in Photoshop. This time I have adopted a new sketching method which gives me a very fresh final look for my drawing of the hippo. My drawing processes are shown below for your reference.

Step 01:

This is the initial step which I use rough lines to sketch out the shapes of the hippo. Taking note of the structure volume and contour of different parts of its body.

hippo progress 01

hippo progress 01

Step 02:

Once the shapes and volumes are final, light shading is added on the skin of the hippo. This time I am trying out a new method of shading which rather than using patches of shades, I make use of tiny little strokes to represent light and dark tones. The advantages of this shading method is that it gives your drawing a sharp look but the time taken to shade is considerably longer compare to shading with flat brushes.

hippo progress 02

hippo progress 02How to

Step 03:

I continue to add tiny strokes to my hippo drawing until nearly all of it is covered with the strokes. Another thing to take note is that when I put down the tiny strokes I always do it according to the direction of the contour. This will put more emphasis on expressing the contour of the hippo.

hippo progress 03

hippo progress 03

Step 04:

This is the last step and I did some overall final adjustments to the tones so that more contrast are created which gives more depth to the drawing.

hippo progress 04

hippo progress 04

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