Step 1 - Gathering Materials: As with when starting any work of art, the first thing you'll need to do is gather your materials. You'll need a sharp pencil, eraser, piece of paper, and some coloring utensils of your choice (preferably colored pencils).
Step 2 - Get Drawing: Sketch in some ground for your okapi to stand on. It can be as simple or as detailed as you'd like. If you want, you can improve your base by adding some abstract designs (see above). Don't color or draw anything else just yet!
Step 3 - Main Body and Legs: In this step, you'll create the main outline of your okapi. First, start at a point where you would like the middle top of your okapi's back to be. Be sure to plan accordingly for the rest of your okapi's body; your starting point should be a few inches above the ground depending on the size of your drawing. Next, sketch to the right and make a half circle down to create the okapi's backside. At the end of your hemisphere, make a long, thin rectangle down for the okapi's first leg. Draw left a bit more and sketch a similarly-sized second leg. Your original starting point should now be roughly between the okapi's two legs (keep in mind this is a side view, so you'd only see two).
Step 4 - Neck and Head: From the top left of your okapi's front leg, draw a diagonal line up and to the left to form half of a long neck. Go back to your original starting point, and sketch a short line to the left to directly above where your half-neck started. Draw a line parallel to the neck line you already had, so that the two lines are about the same length. Finally, it's time to draw the head. From your top neck line, make a half circle slightly up to the left. From the end of that circle, make a longer, thinner arch and connect it to the bottom of your okapi's neck. Last in this step, perfect what you've done so far until you're happy with it, because this step is vital to the look of your okapi.