How to Draw a Cartoon Man

Create a wonderful Cartoon Man drawing with easy, step-by-step instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!

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Do you need to create a male character for your comic book or another project? You can use this easy, step-by-step tutorial to learn how to draw a cartoon man outline.

"When I grow up to be a man...
Will I dig the same things that turn me on as a kid?
Will I look back and say that I wish I hadn't done what I did?
Will I joke around and still dig those sounds
When I grow up to be a man?"
- "When I Grow Up to Be a Man," song by the Beach Boys

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you dream of becoming an artist, cartoonist, animator, or graphic designer, you're in the right place. You can hone your skills now by practicing with our simple drawing guides.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

No matter what you want to be, drawing your ideas can help you visualize and achieve your dreams.

Sketch the cartoon boy or man and pretend that he is you 10, 15, or 20 years from today. Give him the tools he needs to do the job you want to do. You can even draw a whole family for him to share his dreams with!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Man in Suit, Man, and Old Man.

Easy, step by step Cartoon Man drawing tutorial
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Man

Cartoon Man drawing - step 1
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin drawing your cartoon man outline with a series of curved lines. These lines outline one shoulder and one side of the neck.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 2
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Draw another series of curved lines to create a mirror image of the first set. You have now outlined the man's neck and shoulders.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 3
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Next, outline the face. Use a long curved line to sketch the cheeks and chin.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 4
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Use a "C" shaped line to draw the ear. Detail the inside of the ear with a curved line.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 5
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Draw the second ear, a mirror image of the first. Again, use a "C" shaped line and detail the inside with a short curved line.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 6
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Next, draw the man's eyes. Outline the rectangular shapes of the eyes using curved lines. Draw additional curved lines above each eye to indicate the eyelid and eyebrow. Inside the eyes, draw pairs of successively smaller circles. Shade between them to form the pupils.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 7
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Use curved lines to outline the bridge and tip of the nose, the smiling mouth, the corners of the mouth, and the chin.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 8
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Next, draw the boy's hair. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to draw the hair that encloses the forehead. Notice the jagged, pointy lock at the front.

Then, sketch the hair on top of the head. Again, note the lines that meet at jagged points, forming tufts of hair.

Cartoon Man drawing - step 9
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Detail the man's clothing. We're dressing our cartoon man in a suit and tie. Draw a curved line at the base of the neck from the neck of the shirt.

Below it, draw two large "V" shaped lines to indicate the suit. Above these, enclose the triangular collar of the shirt and the pentagon-shaped sections of the necktie. Top each sleeve with a curved line.

Complete Cartoon Man drawing
Cartoon Man step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon man outline. What will he look like? Will his hair be blond, brown, black, or red? Will he have brown, blue, green, grey, or hazel eyes? What about his clothing?

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