Human characters form the basis of many animated cartoons and works of art. This can be seen even in the earliest known cave paintings, which contain human forms. Throughout history, people have enjoyed drawing other people – and themselves.
The first popular cartoon character in history is said to be Mr. Syntax, an eccentric schoolmaster created by a British artist in 1809. He was also the first character to enjoy marketing tie-ins, with various products bearing his image. Since then, the number of cartoon boys and men has become too numerous to mention.
Whether you would like to draw a fictional character or someone you know, this tutorial for how to draw a boy is a good place to start. In this step-by-step drawing guide, you will learn the basics of capturing the human form, as well as the face. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
In each step, new lines added to the drawing are shown in blue. You may also want to use an eraser to correct mistakes and remove guide lines, and coloring tools to shade your finished drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Boy
Use a long, curved line to outline each ear, completely enclosing the face. Within each ear, use curved lines to add detail.
Extend two short, curved lines downward from the face to form the neck. Draw a “U” shaped line from one side of the neck to the other, outlining the collar of the shirt.
Draw sleeves extending from the shoulders. To draw the near sleeve, extend a set of curved, parallel lines and connect them using a curved line. For the far sleeve, use two curved lines to enclose a triangle shape.
Draw the hands. Use a series of curved lines to outline each hand. You may use elongated “U” shaped lines to form the fingers. Don’t forget the curved lines that add detail to the palms.
Draw the leg using curved lines. Note the detail of the zipper, and the curved lines that indicate crinkled folds at the bottom of the pant leg.
Draw a shoe using curved lines for the top and bottom, and a straight line for the back of the shoe. Draw another curved line parallel to the bottom of the shoe to indicate the sole.
Draw the nose using a small curved line, and a dot to indicate the nostril. Give the boy a smile by drawing a large, curved line that intersects a small, curved line at the cheek. Draw a small curve beneath the mouth to indicate the chin.
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