June 18, 2018 3 min read 1 Comment

monkey drawing

Hi everybody and welcome to a new tutorial on the NIL-tech, this time entitled "How to draw a monkey”. So for all monkey enthusiasts out there, this is for you!

Aside from human beings (genus Homo), the macaques are the most extensive primate genus, varying from northern Africa to Japan. Twenty-two macaque species are presently recognized, and they consist of some of the monkeys best understood to non-zoologists, such as the Rhesus Monkey, Barbary Ape.

Although several species lack tails, and their typical names, therefore, refer to them as apes, these are true monkeys, without any greater relationship to the true apes than any other Old World monkeys.

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Let's Start Drawing a Monkey Step by Step


Let's start by drawing the usual few preliminary building and construction lines to position head and body of the monkey. Likewise draw the line that will function as a structure to draw the branch where the monkey is sitting.

it's important to have a look at the anatomy of a macaque monkey before attempting to draw one of them. They have long arms and a little shorter legs with long feet. The shoulders are close to the head and not very far apart from each other.

Sketch in the arms and the hind legs and do not go into details this stage. We simply wish to set the standard aspects of the body of the monkey and develop the basic posture.

monkey face

how to draw a monkey


Drawing Overall Shapes. At this point, you can begin sketching in the face and place the tail of the macaque. It's useful to believe at the face as if they were using a mask as the rest of the head is covered by fur. Ears lie backward and upon the head.

The tail is long and strong as they utilize it (well at least some of the types) as a 5th arm to grapple onto branches and help climbing trees! So when you draw the tail, draw it with a big base and a rounded end.

You can erase the building lines at this point. As the body is mainly covered in fur from now on it will refer rendering the fur impact on the body surface. Certainly after drawing the face!

monkey outline

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You probably require a referral image to draw correctly the face of the monkey. Get on Google and look for some images, it will be of assistance. Eyes are small and frontal and the snout is noticeable. Nostrils are little and oblique.

As usual, try to render the fur not by drawing lots of single hairs with pencil strokes but by producing the impression that the fur is there. Deal with the silhouette of the figure and include lines there and just a couple of lines within the border of the body.

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Gradually follow the go to the arms including fur and refining the hands.

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Finish the drawing. Do the same thing with the body keeping the fur constantly in the very same instructions. Lastly, relocate to the hind legs and feet detailing them and adding the right amount of fur.

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As you work across the surface area of the drawing aim to stress essential locations like the face including a little bit of shadow. When adding shadows in a surface with fur keep in mind to include it by drawing thicker hairs and following the instructions of the fur.

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The completed outcome! Work at the branch and include information to it while keeping an eye on the detail of the monkey. Remember you desire your principal subject to have the most information. Congratulations you did a fantastic illustration of a macaque monkey!



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August 26, 2021

Very nice. I could draw it very nicely. Thank you👌

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