How to Draw Clowns

Clowns, jesters, and other forms of comedic performers have been around for hundreds of years. This tutorial will show you how to draw a cute colorful clown.


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    Draw the head. Make a big circle with guidelines (vertical for the nose and mouth and horizontal for eyes). It doesn't have to be perfectly round, but try to replicate the image to the right as effectively as you can.
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    For the body draw a teardrop shape without the pointy part. Connect it to the head at the section where the point would be, creating a shape that resembles a salt shaker.
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    Sketch the legs. Draw two tubular shapes on the teardrop's end with a flat, long oval shape at each end. These will be the clown's big, goofy shoes.
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    Add the arms and hands. Draw two curved, tubular shapes on each side of the teardrop shape under the head. At the ends of each tubular shape, add a circle. These will be the hands.
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    Outline the head and add in facial features. Don't exaggerate them too much unless you're going for a "scary clown" kind of look; just make arched eyebrows, rosy cheeks, and a wide-smiling mouth.
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    Draw a round head. Put in big ears and two curly tufts of hair behind the ears. Add the clown's clothing and cane, giving him a jumpsuit with cuffs and a couple of buttons and a bow-tie to complete the outfit.
    • His shoes can be two colors, separated with a line as seen here, or you can make them all one shade if you prefer.
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    Outline the body. Add any details you've forgotten, but try to keep it simple, especially if you're a beginner.
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    Line the drawing with black ink. Try to make a modular line, which passes alternately from a thick to thin line. This will make your drawing look better and a bit more professional.
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    Erase the pencil from your drawing and add in color. Follow the illustration for reference if you wish.


  • If you want to color with copic markers, use a waterproof liner and paper that is not too thick.

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