How To Draw A Donkey: Easy Step-By-Step Guide For Kids

Most children love cartoons and often try to draw their favorite characters. Eeyore is an adorable donkey in the animated cartoon series Winnie The Pooh, a favorite among kids. Here, we bring you a fun step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a donkey.

If your kids get super excited while watching Winnie the Pooh and are inspired by Eeyore’s words-“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.”, they might enjoy learning how to draw their favorite character.

For this activity, you would need

  • A drawing sheet, paper or sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Crayons (preferably child-safe)
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolors
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How to draw a donkey step by step?

Let us learn an easy donkey drawing:

Step 1: Doodle the head of the donkey. Draw a U shape structure, narrow at the bottom and slightly widened at the top. Refer to the illustration and draw the snout or nose as detailed.

Step 2: Draw the body now, sketch a curvy line at the top and bottom, from the head.

Step 3: As shown in the illustration, draw the two legs of the donkey. Connect the upper body line to the hind leg and from the middle of the body, sketch the front leg. Now, carefully detail the knees and feet as illustrated in the pictorial. Don’t forget to draw the hooves.

Step 4: Draw the ears and some bushy hair or mane on the donkey’s head and neck.

Step 5: Draw the remaining two legs and a curvy tail.

Step 6: Detail the ears, eyes, and mouth of the donkey, as illustrated in the image.

Step 7: Before you start coloring your cute donkey, check if you wish to make any changes.

Step 8: Bring your donkey to life by coloring in shades of grey, black, and pink. Color the mouth in pink, body in grey, and tail and hair in black.


How To Draw A Donkey_illustration

Image: Stable Diffusion/MomJunction Design Team

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of shading should I use when drawing a donkey?

Different shading techniques can give your image more depth and make it look realistic. Using thick and thin lines for shading highlights the various contours of the animal.

2. What details can I add to my donkey drawing?

Getting the right proportions of the head and the body, adding texture to the fur, shading and bringing life to the eyes, defining the muscles using different strokes, and adding a saddle on the donkey’s back are some details that can make the illustration attractive.

3. What are some common mistakes to avoid when drawing a donkey?

Drawing an out-of-proportion head and body, wrong position and shape of the ears and legs, forgetting to add hooves and fur, and using different colors than the usual to paint a donkey are some mistakes that can be avoided while drawing and painting a donkey.

4. What are some tips for creating realistic-looking donkey fur?

Adding different strokes and shading techniques with varying pressures to texture the fur will make it look more realistic. Using shading to create highlights and shadows will add a naturalistic appearance to the fur. Practice and patience also helps.

Infographic: Simple Steps For Children To Draw A Donkey

Whether you’re teaching about domesticated animals or the letter ‘D’ to your child, a donkey is an interesting animal you can teach about. Check out the infographic below for step-by-step instructions your child can follow to draw a donkey. You can use this opportunity to tell them about this animal while they’re drawing.

easy stepwise approach to draw a donkey for children (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

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Key Pointers

  • Drawing is a fun activity for children that helps refine their fine motor skills by teaching them to control and use different drawing tools.
  • If your child recently watched the cartoon Winnie the Pooh and wishes to recreate Eeyore, we provide detailed steps for drawing a donkey.
  • Provide a variety of art supplies and let the child explore different mediums, such as crayons, colored pencils, markers, and paints.
  • Display their drawings at home to appreciate the value of their creative efforts.

Encourage your kids how to draw a donkey with these tips. Once they follow all the steps, it is simple and easy to draw a donkey perfectly. However, before beginning the tutorial, ensure you have all stationery items required. Then encourage them to have fun with art, filling the canvas with funky colors to brighten up the soon-to-be sketched donkey’s background. We hope your little one enjoys and unleashes their creativity while putting different colors to use and is inspired to sketch something new.


Discover the art of sketching a lifelike donkey for your nativity scene! Follow along step-by-step to create a realistic donkey in no time!

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