How To Draw a Monkey

Easy To Follow Curious George


There are many tutorials on how to draw a monkey on the internet, some of them quite good, others are okay but few are a little painful if you are struggling as an artist.

Follow along here by copying the outlines until you feel you have a good likeness.

It is easy to draw a monkey cartoon style but we're going to be a little different and draw something looking natural.

For simplicity I've drawn a monkey using only basic outlines to show the monkey's "mass" so it may not be so easy for someone just starting to draw.

The key is to observe the proportions correctly and please do not ignore perspective, it is important in all drawings unless you are trying to exaggerate forms as Picasso or Matisse did.

Notice the simple lines in the drawing above, these can be condensed further as you would do in "gesture drawing" where almost every line must do its job!

If you are interested in drawing animals such as the monkey and it cousins—the gorilla, chimp, and orangutang it would be beneficial to know something of human anatomy as it is basically the same.

The following sketches on drawing monkies are a progression taking the rough outlines a stage further at each step to the finished drawing.

Monkey faces vary as much as human faces do and as there are over 250 monkey species and each monkey having its own characteristics, you need never run out of ideas for creating either cartoon monkeys, fantasy or natural ones.

Most monkeys have a good relationship with humans and do make wonderful pets...but they can be quite mischievous and destructive—especially destroying crops.

Curious George is my favorite monkey, full of life and fun—and he is very, very easy to draw! I think we'll put up a "How-To" on Curious George soon.


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