How to Draw a Cowboy

Easy, step by step Cowboy drawing tutorial
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"The world could use a cowboy right about now.
Run those bad guys right out of town."
- "The Would Could Use a Cowboy," song by Adam Gregory

From the times when postmen delivered mail by stagecoach,  a cowboy is a horseman skilled in working with cattle. They have been romanticized in literature and film.

One of the most famous fictional cowboys of modern times is Woody from Disney’s Toy Story. Woody was modeled after the cowboy puppet Howdy Doody who entertained children with his own TV show from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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Yee-haw! Let’s draw a rootin’ tootin’ cartoon cowboy! This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Woody from Toy Story, Cowboy Hat, and Cartoon Horse.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cowboy

Cowboy drawing - step 1
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the cowboy hat. Use a curved, loosely “M” shaped line to draw the top or crown of the hat. Draw two curved lines at the base of the crown to form the hatband. From each side of the hatband, extend a curved line to form the brim. Draw another curved line across the front of the hat to form the downturned front of the brim.

Cowboy drawing - step 2
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 2

2. Draw the cowboy’s face. Outline the cheeks and eyes using curved lines. Within each eye, shade a large circle to indicate the pupil. Use thick curved lines for the eyebrows, and curved lines for the nose, mouth, corner of the mouth, and dimple of the chin.

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Cowboy drawing - step 3
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 3

3. Use curved lines to trace the sides of the head, cheeks, and chin. Draw the ears using “C” shaped lines, and use curved lines to detail their interiors. Outline the sideburns - hair in front of the ears - using curved lines. Draw two curved triangles below the head to outline the neck and shirt collar.

Cowboy drawing - step 4
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 4

4. Use pairs of curved lines to outline the upper and lower arm. Draw a curved line at the top of the sleeve to indicate the seam, and allow an overlap at the elbow. Use overlapping curved lines to enclose the hand and fingers. Draw two large “U” shaped lines meeting the hand at both sides. This is part of the cowboy’s rope.

Cowboy drawing - step 5
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 5

5. Use pairs of curved lines to sketch the sides of the torso, upper arm, and lower arm. Draw curved lines at the elbow and end of the sleeve. Then, use overlapping curved lines to enclose the hand and fingers. Contour the palm with a short line.

Cowboy drawing - step 6
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 6

6. Draw a long curved line from one hand to the other, extending the rope. Then, draw another curved line upward from the raised hand. At its top, shade a small irregular shape and draw a large horizontal oval. This forms the lasso. Draw a square in the middle of the torso to form the belt buckle. Then, draw a smaller square and oval within it. Extend a pair of curved lines on each side of the buckle to form the belt, and connect them on each end.

Cowboy drawing - step 7
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 7

7. Next, draw his holsters and revolvers. On one side, enclose an irregular shape and attach it to the belt buckle with a curved line. On the other, draw a triangle beneath the belt with a curved line extending downward. Above each holster, use curved lines to draw the irregular shapes of the gun’s grip and hammer.

Cowboy drawing - step 8
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 8

8. Draw a four-sided shape to enclose the chaps that protect the cowboy’s leg. Contour the leather with a curved line. Below this, enclose a small half circle and two irregular shapes to form the cowboy boot.

Cowboy drawing - step 9
How to Draw Cowboy: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to enclose the remaining leg, chap, and boot. Don’t forget to contour the material with curved lines, or the semicircle adorning the boot.

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How to Draw Cowboy: Step 10

Color your cartoon cowboy.

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