12 Fantastic Pencil Monkey Drawing References

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Below I’m sharing pencil monkey drawing ideas and references for everyone. That means no matter what your skill level, you’ll find the perfect monkey drawing for you.

I’ve put together a wonderful collection of monkey sketches, drawings, and tutorials for you to use as a reference. You’ll also find drawings of gorillas and chimpanzees.

Four Chimpanzees

These four chimpanzee face sketches do a very good job of showing the different expressions chimps make.

monkey pencil drawing
Artist Credit: PixarVixen

Monkey Sitting in Tree

The artist behind this sketch specializes in creating beautiful pet portraits. Make sure you check out their Instagram account if you would like to see more.

monkey sitting in tree
Artist Credit: caroline_watson_fine_art

Chimpanzee Sketch

Remember the very first chimpanzee sketch that I shared earlier? Well, this fun sketch was actually done by the same artist. They do such a great job of capturing the essence of the chimpanzee.

monkey sketch
Artist Credit: PixarVixen

Realistic Chimpanzee Drawing

If you’re an advanced artist looking for a reference with more detail, I think you’ll love this realistic chimp drawing. If you would like to see how this drawing looked while in progress, visit the tutorial.

realistic chimpanzee drawing
Artist Credit: jcj.portfolio

Baby Monkey

You don’t often see realistic baby monkey drawings. I was so happy when I stumbled across this beautiful piece of art.

baby monkey drawing
Artist Credit: kinda_expressionless

How to Draw a Monkey Video Tutorials

I realize that not everyone enjoys picture references. Some people actually prefer following along with video tutorials. If that sounds like you, make sure you check out these monkey drawing tutorials on YouTube:

gorilla anatomy drawing
Artist Credit: mattpainterpro

These gorilla drawings are quite detailed and unique. The purpose of these sketches is to show the anatomy of the gorilla.

Inverted Drawing

The drawing that you see below is what you call an inverted drawing. If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, try doing an inverted drawing.

inverted monkey drawing
Artist Credit: atomiccircus

Easy Monkey Drawing

I absolutely adore simple pencil drawings like this one. They’re cute, simple, and fun to draw. You could even add color instead of filling in the monkey with a pencil.

chimpanzee hanging from tree
Artist Credit: sathya.slm

Adorable Monkey Drawing

Here’s another super simple and adorable drawing. Again, this drawing would look amazing colored in with markers or colored pencils.

easy kid monkey drawing
Artist Credit: 13_sovk

Baby Monkey Sketch

I recently discovered the artist Madli and immediately fell in love with their work. Along with awesome sketches, Madli creates beautiful illustrations and book covers.

baby monkey sketch
Artist Credit: madli

Monkey with Wild Hair

Okay, now this sketch is the cutest. I love the expression on the monkey’s face, and how their hair stands up on their head. The expression of the eyes is so innocent too.

monkey with wild hair
Artist Credit: art_by_kert

Portrait Style Drawing

Here’s a beautiful portrait-style drawing that looks amazing. It really looks like the chimpanzee is contemplating.

chimpanzee portrait
Artist Credit: artemistic_norart

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