Drawing a cartoon manatee like this one, is no problem at all. And yes – with the help of a simple guideline, it’s all the more easy.
Actually, this is my first time ever drawing a manatee. It was mentioned in the ‘Quick Survey’ form a few times, and so — here it is! Something important to mention regarding this animal. Being 100% aquatic, spending much of its time in shallow waters, the manatee is vulnerable to extinction – an easy accidental target, being hit by boat motors passing through channels. It’s important that we take care when boating in waters where manatees (and other animals) live. ‘No Wake’ signs are helpful in preventing unnecessary manatee injuries and deaths.
Alright, let’s draw this manatee!
First Step – Draw a Simple Framework for Your Manatee
First up, and keeping to an arrangement of simple shapes, go ahead and sketch out a framework with your pencil. Very simple indeed, all we’re dealing with here is a circle, three ovals, and a triangle to mark of the tail.
And, when you’ve got your framework drawn, it’s time to move on to the drawing part. Let’s do that now…
Second Step – Draw Your Manatee
Working through these steps, you’ll notice that I’m only using the shapes as a reference point. The actually body of the animal takes shape in and around the lines that map out the basic form.
Anyway, here’s how to draw a cartoon manatee…
So — how’s your manatee looking up til this point? It’s pretty simple to draw, isn’t it. Looking at the final phase above, it’s quite possible that yours could look a little or A LOT different than the one I came up with. If so, I commend you! That’s what it’s all about. Use these ideas as just that… ideas. Yours could have a smaller nose area, longer tail, and bigger eyes… who knows! That’s part of the fun when it comes to drawing cartoons! 🙂
And with that said — you’re all finished. Next up, take out your pencil crayons and give your drawing some color!