How to Draw a Topi

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Topi in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Topi.

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How to Draw a Topi - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a curved, slightly sideways V.

Step 2: Add a small line in the point and a dot near the top end.

Step 3: On the top end, add three curves that meet in a sharp point. Draw a small sideways M that meets the base of the horns.

Step 4: At the bottom of the neck, draw a line that angles down and back. Behind the top of the head, draw a line that angles down, bumps up, and then curves down.

Step 5: At the rear, draw a line that goes down and back, bends straight down, then makes a triangular shape and goes straight back up, finally curving back into the body. Draw a curve beside it that almost meets the front of the body.

Step 6: In this gap, draw two lines straight down that end in a triangular shape.

Step 7: At the rear end, draw a curved line down that ends in a jagged, curved shape.

Step 8: Add four small lines along the top of the neck, two curves that go from the top to the bottom of the base of the neck, two lines on each leg, and a curve on the hind leg. Done!

Interesting Facts about Topis

Topis are a type of antelope that lives on the grasslands of Africa. Topis are 104 to 126 centimeters long. Their fur is short and tan colored, underneath there are purple spots. Both males and females have long “S-shaped” horns. Topis love to eat grass and have to big meals of the course of a day. One meal is in the morning and one meal is late in the afternoon.

Did you know?

  • Topis mate once and year and can only produce 1 calf at a time.
  • The fastest antelope in Africa.
  • Cattle tend to run Topis off their land. When the cattle arrive they have to compete for food.
  • There are glands near the hooves of a Topi. The glands give off a scent that can tell other Topis “This is my place.”
  • In the wild, a Topi can live 15 years.

Activity: See who can run fastest in you class. Organize a foot race or a relay race. Just get out and get some exercise! A whole day can be track and field with running and hurdles. Topis are the fastest runners on their block. Maybe a day outside is just what your class needs!

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