Learn how to draw a pig in an easy cartoon style. A simple oval head and body become cute pig by adding piggy features: a snout, floppy ears and a curled pigtail.
Here is the pig we will learn to draw today:
The pig we will draw is an easy cartoon style pig, with the body and head made from simple oval shapes. We turn the ovals into a pig by adding some of the pig’s “trademark” features – oval snout, floppy ears and a curled pigtail. The cartoon parts of our pig drawing are the simplified body shape, large googly eyes and a happy smiling mouth.
How to draw a pig: base sketch step by step
Step 1 – Draw two ovals for pig’s head and snout
Our pig drawing starts as usual with a few simple base shapes to build the character.
Draw a larger oval – this will be our pigs head. Then add a smaller oval inside, about one third from the bottom – this will be the pig’s trademark snout.
Step 2 – Add an oval for the pig’s body
Next, add another large oval for the pig’s body. As you can see in the picture, the body crosses over the head shape in the top-right quarter.
Feel free to play with the size of the body oval – you can make your pig fatter or thinner, taller or smaller, depending on how you stretch the body oval.
Step 3 – Draw the pig’s legs
Here we give our pig some legs. They are made from two parts – the rectangle for the leg, and a small rhombus for the hoof. If you want to draw really simple shapes, these can be regular rectangles.
But as you can see in the picture, the legs will look much better if you will make the leg slightly wider at the top and draw the tops of the hooves at an angle.
We have added a helping ground line to keep the legs the same length – and immediately broke the rule with the front leg hoof sticking down.
Step 4 – Draw the pig’s ears
Time to add another piggy trademark – big floppy ears.
Let’s start with the easy one on the right – that is a flat curve up, and a bulked out curve back, for kind of a leaf shape.
Now for the other ear – you can draw the same shape, but then add a small curved triangle going down for the bent end of the ear.
Step 5 – Draw the pig’s face and tail
The sketching for our pig is almost done – let’s add a few final details:
Two simple ovals for the eyes. Two circles for the snout. A nice smiley mouth – we like it going to one side, and finished with a little arc to suggest the cheek. And finally another piggy trademark feature – the curly twisted tail.
Here is another lesson for you, if you like drawing animals from simple circles and ovals. How to draw a cat – this one is all circles!
How to draw a pig: outline the drawing step by step
Step 9 – Outline the pig’s head
With our sketch complete, it is time to start outlining our pig. Let’s start with the head – there are no changes here, the outline is a straight copy of the pig’s face, ears, and face. We have filled in the snout holes and the eyes – just another smaller oval left out white for the pupil, the rest of the eye is all black.
Step 10 – Outline the legs
Next, outline the pig’s legs. There are few subtle changes here:
Notice the two legs that are extended slightly over the body shape – this will make them stand out in front of the body and give the pig drawing some depth.
Another simple change is all the hooves are slightly rounded. We have also added a short line to separate the two toes.
Step 11 – Finish the pig’s body
Time to finish our pig drawing. Complete the body outline – break the body outline for the two legs in front of the picture, and draw through the two further from us.
Then draw out the twisted tail. Oh, and a final improvement – two small lines inside the ears, to better suggest the fold in the ear.
How to draw a pig: completed pencil outline
Here is our finished pig drawing, once you erase the sketch lines.
How to draw a pig: finished coloured-in drawing
As usual, our final – optional – step is to colour in the completed drawing. Here we have gone for the traditional pink piggy – lighter pink for most of the body, darker pink shade for the snout and shades.
And we are done – now you know how to draw a pig too!