How to Draw a Family

Easy, step by step Family drawing tutorial
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"This is my family,
And everyone is special.
This is my family,
We may be big or small.
But we are a family!"
- "This Is My Family," children's song

The family is the basic unit of society. Families generally consist of adults and children related by genetics, marriage, or adoption, but many families also include close relationships with non-relative members.

Why should you draw a picture of a family? Before the invention of cameras, drawings were the only way of capturing family portraits.

You can draw a portrait of your family - or even someone else's family - and give it as a gift or send it as a card to the family members, especially on anniversaries or holidays.

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Would you like to draw a loving cartoon family? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished characters.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baby, Mother Hugging a Daughter, and Boy.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Family

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

1. Begin by drawing the father's face. Use curved lines to outline the forehead, ears, and chin. Detail the ears, nose, and mouth with short lines. Outline the double-pointed almond shape of the eyes using two curved lines for each. Then, shade a circle between them to indicate the pupil. Draw a thick curved line above each eye to form the eyebrows.

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

2. Use a series of long curved lines to outline the father's hair. Then, draw the mother's face. Use curved lines to outline the hair falling to each side of the face, the chin, and the ear. Outline the almond-shaped eyes as you did for the father, and shade a circle within each. Use curved lines to indicate the eyebrows, nose, smiling mouth, and the dimple of the chin.

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

3. Use curved lines to outline the woman's hair. Erase overlapping lines as necessary. Use curved lines to enclose the man's neck, then draw the shoulders, sleeves, and torso of his t-shirt.

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

4. Begin drawing the face of the little boy. Outline his hair, face, and ears using curved lines. Draw each of the almond-shaped eyes using two curved lines, and shade a circle between them. Detail the face, using short curved lines to draw the contours of the ears, the eyebrows, the nose, and mouth.

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

5. Draw the boy's neck using two straight lines, and connect them with a curved line. Use overlapping curved lines to draw the father's arm and hand. Then, sketch the boy's sleeve, arm, and torso.

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

6. Use curved lines to draw the remaining arms and shoulders of the three family members.

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

7. Use curved lines to outline the mother's neck, shoulder, and arm. Then, draw the baby's head. Outline and detail it using curved lines. Draw almond-shaped eyes similar to each of the other family members. Texture the hair with short curved lines.

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

8. Use curved lines to sketch the mother's arm and fingers, the baby's t-shirt, and his arms and hands.

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

9. Use curved lines to draw the mother's body and dress, her remaining hand, the baby's shorts, his legs, and his tiny feet. Note the short overlapping lines that indicate the baby's small toes.

Complete Family drawing
How to Draw Family: Step 10

Not all families look the same. You can color your cartoon family so that each character resembles you or someone you love. Do you have more family members than those in this picture? You can learn to draw them, too! For example, you might want to draw a mother and daughter, a little girl, or even your pet dog or cat!

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