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.

1. Four Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are one of our closest living relatives, sharing roughly 98% of our DNA. These four chimpanzee face sketches do a very good job of showing the different expressions chimps make.

monkey pencil drawing
Artist Credit: PixarVixen

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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, check out the tutorial.

realistic chimpanzee drawing
Artist Credit: jcj.portfolio

5. Baby Monkey

Did you know that there are more than 260 different species of monkey? Monkeys are found all over the world, except for Antarctica and Australia. 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

6. 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.

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. Portrait Style Drawing

Did you know that A group of chimpanzees is called a troop? Here’s a beautiful portrait-style drawing that looks amazing. It really looks like the chimpanzee is contemplating.

chimpanzee portrait
Artist Credit: artemistic_norart

I hope you’ve found this post helpful and that you’ll be inspired to try drawing a monkey of your own.

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