How to Draw a Manatee

Artist: Dawn / September 29, 2008

Step 1.

Okay lets start this first step with some simple shapes and guidelines. First draw a small circle for the head shape then draw an egg shape for the mid part of the body. You will then make the guidelines for the tail and tail fin.

Step 2.

Now in this next step you will first start shaping out the frame of the body and then add the muzzle and a line for his eye. You will then draw two long lines for the front flippers and then draw out the arch of the back tail. What do you think you w   

Step 3.

As you can see you will start detailing and shaping out the face and jaw. After that is done make a line for the brow and then define the shape of the flippers a bit. You will then add some detailing on the mid part of the body and then finish off th   

Step 4.

Guess what this is? Your last drawing step. You will now start this step by drawing in the eye and then adding more than a few whiskers around the front of the snout. You will then add wrinkle lines at the crease of his flippers and then finish the l   

Step 5.

When you are done your sketch should come out looking like the one you see here. All you have to do is add a little color and you are done. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw a manatee step by step. I will be back with more so stick arou   

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: September 29, 2008
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Description: Well I'm back with another tutorial to submit on the site. I decided to draw some animals today because I was kind of getting burnt out on drawing cartoon and video came characters. So today I will be showing you how to draw a manatee. What is a manatee you ask? Well for starters he looks like a cross between a walrus, seal and dog. They are large and flubbery like a walrus and they have flippers and similar movements of a seal. Where does the dog come in? The face of the manatee resembles a Sharpy dog or some sort of breed that have that wrinkled sad look. These massive sea creatures weigh between one and two thousand pounds, they get about twelve feet long, and they need to feed on one hundred pounds of food a day. Because the Manatee eats so much they have earned the name “sea cow” because they eat like a cow. How many miles do you think these animals travel? Well despite their large size, the manatee can travel three to five miles and hour. Now you would think that a sea animal such as the manatee would be a close relative to the walrus right? Wrong, the fact is this water dwelling creature is related to the elephant. Yes I said elephant, that is because studies show that the manatee evolved from land mammals that later returned to the sea. The manatee is the only known sea animal labeled an herbivore. They are brownish gray in color and they have a spongy texture to their hide. When a manatee mates, they only give birth once a year because they carry their young for a whole twelve months and it takes just as long to ween them from the mother. What was the manatee mistaken for in our past history? If you guessed a mermaid you are right. There are tales told over time that the manatee was once mistaken for mermaids. Because they have such low metabolisms they can only live in water that is 70 degrees and above. This means that they can only be found in tropical waters including the waters off the Florida coast. This is such an awesome tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to draw a manatee step by step. The instructions are easy to read and like always the steps are simple to follow. I will be back with more cool tutorials in a bit so stick around.