How to Draw a Ballerina

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A ballerina is a female ballet dancer. Professional ballerinas typically begin training before they reach seven years of age, and train six days a week throughout their careers.

Ballet is known for the pointe technique in which a dancer supports their full weight on their tip-toes. Special shoes are required that help to distribute the dancer's weight to avoid injury. The term "on point," meaning correct, may come from the ballet term en pointe, meaning on the toes.

Ballerinas are a common theme in children's books and films. One popular example is Angelina Ballerina, featuring a ballerina mouse in training. The series includes books, cartoons, and a touring ballet. Another example is the Netflix animated film Leap!, which follows the adventures of an orphaned girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

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Would you like to draw a beautiful cartoon ballerina? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Ballerina

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the ballerina's face. Use a long, curved line, noting the bulge of the chin.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 2

2. Sketch the ballerina's hair. Use wavy lines that frame the edges of the face and meet at the forehead. then, draw another wavy line parallel to each of those on the sides of the face. Allow them to meet at a point, forming tendrils of curly hair.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 3

3. Draw the ballerina's neck, using two short lines beneath the head.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 4

4. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to outline the top of the head. Draw a line upwards from the top of the forehead to indicate the part. Then, draw a ribbon tied in the hair. Use an irregularly rounded shape to form a knot in the center of the bow, and rounded triangles for the sides of the bow. Draw curved lines outward from the knot to indicate folds in the fabric. Then, extend a curved line to form the ribbon, and connect it to the top of the head with a short line. Enclose the round shape of the bun using overlapping curved lines. Next, outline the bodice of the ballerina's tutu. Draw a "U" shaped line around the neck, and use curved lines to outline the arm opening, sides, and bottom of the garment.

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How to Draw Ballerina: Step 5

5. Draw the ballerina's arm. Use long, curved lines to outline the arm and narrow "U" shaped lines to enclose the fingers.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 6

6. Draw the other arm. Again, use long, curved lines and narrow "U" shaped lines. Note that the arm appears to pass behind the curl at the side of the face.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 7

7. Draw the skirt of the tutu. Extend long curved lines outward from the base of the torso. Connect them using a long wavy line. Then, draw curved lines rising from both sides of each wave to indicate ripples in the fabric.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 8

8. Draw the ballerina's legs. Outline each leg using a long curved line, allowing it to double back upon itself. Then, draw a curved line across each foot to indicate the ballet slipper. Band each leg with a pair of curved lines and an "X" shape, forming the ribbons used to lace up the slippers.

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How to Draw Ballerina: Step 9

9. Detail the ballerina's face. Use curved lines to draw the brows, nose, and mouth. For each eye, first enclose a double-pointed teardrop shape. Then draw several successively smaller circles. Shade one to indicate the pupil.

How to Draw Ballerina: Step 10

Color your cartoon ballerina. Then, give her an audience with the help of our people drawing guides.

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