The Cow

December 23, 2011


I have drawn the same cow exactly the same way since some undetermined time way back in high school. (Jill, help me out with details if you can.)

If I recall correctly, I don’t think I invented this cow. I think it was the brain child of Nanette Esplin, easily the most fun person in high school. I think the cow might have been created during driver’s ed instruction? Whenever it was, it was my ticket to consistent cartooning. Come heck or high water, I could draw that cow at the drop of a hat. I drew that cow in notebooks, yearbooks, window condensation, with my thumbnail on styrofoam cups – that cow was my friend.

And then twenty years went by and I forgot all about it. Until Jill said something. 🙂

Here’s the tutorial: Draw a peanut head.
Like a circus peanut.

Add eyes, nose and a freakishly large smile.
Giant chiclet teeth.

Ears and a body with an extreme swayback. This cow has some posture issues. It is also missing a back leg because I am out of cow mojo.

This cow would be easy to tip.

The stripe,the udder and the tail and we’re done!

That’s it. That’s the cow. When it came time to try painting with the watercolors, I discovered that I had no idea what color it should be. I googled ‘cows’ and figured that that this is probably a …. dang it, let me check google again – a Holstein. Hereford? I forget.

I'm learning how to erase with water.

One last thing: should you decide to draw this cow, it is vitally important that it looks nothing like mine at the end. Art should be different, otherwise it’s a craft, and I am down on crafts.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “The Cow”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I used to draw an octopus all the time during elementary school… I’m pretty sure I still know how to do it. Maybe I’ll draw a Christmas octopus today. “Ho Ho Ho… gurgle gurgle” Wait… what sound does an octopus make?


    • Lauren Said on:

      Please draw it on the sketch pad. 🙂


    • Peggy Said on:

      And a dolphin scene….and paint it….and pack it in your suitcase to bring back. Please!

      Lauren, your watercolor skills are AMAZING! Keep going! They bring us such joy!

      (To Lauren: We got a new water saving toilet yesterday. First, there’s not as much water in it as I’m used to. Then there are 2 buttons on it to push when finished. One for #1 and another for #2. Hehe…)


  2. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Your cow doesn’t look like an udder failure.


  3. Michelle Said on:

    WAIT, you can’t be down on Crafts. WE love crafts at


  4. bekahcubed Said on:

    Nice--I especially like the one-leggedness of your Holstein.

    Holsteins are the black and white ones, Herefords the really hairy brownish ones. Holsteins are milk cows, the best quantity producers but with the lowest milk-fat percentage. Herefords are beef cattle that I haven’t seen a lot of lately. I like cows, but especially Holsteins.


  5. Kristi Said on:

    I think you should submit your picture to the people at Chick-Fil-A.


  6. Lloyd Said on:

    When Lauren first painted the clouds, she said that they didn’t look quite right. She asked Brad and I (but mostly brad) what she should do to make them look more like clouds. We didn’t know. I said look outside and she said, in a voice that didn’t at all make me feel like an idiot, “It’s night.” I was playing Skyrim at the time, so I said, “Look at this.” and I looked up.


  7. Gretchen Said on:

    So painting is now a two day hobby! Goodness, what will be next?!?


  8. Jill Said on:

    YAY! A COW!! Yep that looks like the same cows. Only sometimes you would make spots and it became a spotted cow! I should draw you a bunny, my bunny’s haven’t changed since 5th grade. cereal.


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