Today we will learn how to draw a pig. We will start with easy oval shapes for the body and head. Step by step we draw a pig from the ovals by adding the “trademark” features – oval snout, floppy ears and a curled pigtail. The cartoon parts of the pig drawing are the simplified body shape, large googly eyes and a happy smiling mouth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is our finished cartoon pig drawing, once you erase the sketch lines.
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.