“And they lived happily ever after. The end.”
Thus concludes countless children’s stories. For centuries, the princess archetype has been held as a role model for women and girls – beautiful, graceful, kind, and courageous.
Disney has been perhaps the most influential element behind the princess in modern popular culture. Disney’s extensive lineup of princesses includes, Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937), Cinderella (Cinderella, 1950, 2015), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty, 1959), Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991, 2017) Jasmine (Aladdin, 1992) Rapunzel (Tangled, 2010) and many more.
Would you like to draw your own fairy tale princess? Doing so is easy with the help of this step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil and a piece of paper, and perhaps an eraser.
If you have crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, or glitter and glue, get them ready. Soon, your princess will be ready for the royal ball!
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Princess
Begin by drawing a curved line to outline the face. Note how the line is pointed at the bottom to indicate the chin.
Extend a set of parallel lines from one side of the image, outlining the arm. Note the bend and slight overlap of lines that indicates the elbow.
Draw a set of parallel, curved lines on the opposite side, forming the arm. Again, note the bend of the elbow and narrowing of the wrist.
From beneath the arms, extend two curved lines downward to outline the body. Connect the lines at the bottom using a curved line. Enclose the top of the dress by drawing an “M” shaped line.
Draw a curved line from one shoulder to the other, between the necklace and the top of the dress. Draw a wavy line across each wrist, erasing guide lines as necessary.
Detail the dress by drawing a curved line across the stomach, and long, curved lines down the length of the skirt. Extend some lines downward from the top of the skirt, others up from the bottom. These lines indicated folds in the fabric.
Continue the line from the top of the head to beneath the opposite arm. Connect both lines to the body using short, curved lines that meet in points.
Decorate the crown with jewels. Draw a teardrop shape above the point of the crown, and an oval accompanied by two circles within it. Add detail to the hair by drawing curved lines down the length of it.
Draw each ear by placing two curved lines between the hair and the face. Outline each eye using two curved lines.
Enclose a wisp of hair beneath the crown using two curved lines that meet in a point. Indicated the nose by drawing two diagonal lines between the eyes, and a small curved line in the middle of the face. Draw the mouth using two curved lines, and a curved line beneath it to indicate the chin.
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