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Arts & Crafts

Draw a Zebra

  • Start with Shapes

    Draw a circle for the rump, a rectangle for the chest and a smaller circle for the head, with two small triangles underneath (these will be the hooves).

  • Connect Your Shapes

    Draw lines connecting your body and head shapes together, like this! We can also start to add in lines where the legs are going to be, up-and-down for the back legs, a little tilted for the front.

  • Add A Nose

    Connect the rest of the body and leg shapes together, and add a rectangle to the head circle, this will be the zebra's nose.

  • Add The Details

    Add in your zebra's mane, ears, nose and tail. You can also follow the lines of the legs you've already drawn in to add the legs behind them. Unlike horses, zebras have a small tuft of hair at the end of their tail, instead of it being all hair.

  • Time for Stripes!

    Every zebra's stripes are unique. Our Plains Zebra has stripes that wrap around his legs and body, and split above the front leg into an upside-down Y shape. Click "Next" to see what the finished stripes look like!

  • Time for Stripes!

    Here's how the stripes look all drawn in! A zebra's stripes are usually widest on his rump and get smaller near the hooves.

  • Fill It In

    Shade in your zebra! Adult zebras have black stripes, and babies have brown stripes.

  • Add Some Shading

    You can add shading to the parts of the zebra which might be in shadow, like under the belly or the chin. Also add in little hairs on the tail and mane by drawing short lines inside them. You're done!

The Plains Zebra is boldy striped in black and white, with a black muzzle and tail.

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