How to Draw a Hug

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A hug is a gesture recognized the world over. This universal posture can take place between friends, family members, or even strangers. It can be used as nonverbal communication in welcome, to express affection, to congratulate someone, or to comfort them. When many people hug at once, it is called a "group hug."

In addition to strengthening relationships, hugging has been shown to have other benefits. For example, it may lower blood pressure in some individuals or release the feel-good hormone oxytocin. The "Free Hugs" campaign was started by a man in Australia to share the benefits of hugging. He had the idea after a random hug from a stranger helped him overcome depression. Later, he stood in a public place with a sign offering "free hugs."

Did you know? The word "hug" dates back to the 1560s. It may have been derived from a Norse word meaning "to comfort" or a German word for "cherish" that originally meant "to enclose with a hedge."

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In this age of social distancing, you may not be able to hug the people you love. It may be advisable not to touch other people in order to prevent the spread of germs. Or, you may live far away from your loved ones. But one thing you can always do is send them a card or give them a drawing - a paper hug!

Would you like to draw a paper hug for someone you love? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Mother Hugging a Daughter, Love Birds, and "I Love You" Heart.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Hug

How to Draw Hug: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the boy's face. Use a series of curved lines. Note the jagged tufts of hair at the forehead and the contours of the nose, mouth, and chin.

How to Draw Hug: Step 2

2. Add detail to the man's face. Use curved lines to sketch the brow, ear, and cheek, as well as the curve of the inner ear. Outline the eye by drawing a curved triangular shape.

How to Draw Hug: Step 3

3. Outline the man's body. Use a long, curved line for the back and another for the front of the torso.

How to Draw Hug: Step 4

4. Erase a portion of the chest to make room for the arm. Use a series of curved lines to sketch the shoulder and outline the arm. Notice the bend in the lines to indicate the elbow. Enclose the hand using overlapping curved lines to form the fingers.

How to Draw Hug: Step 5

5. Begin to draw the girl. Use a long curved line to outline the back of the head and neck, another for the chin, and a third for the ear and cheek. Detail the inner ear with a short curved line.

How to Draw Hug: Step 6

6. Draw the girl's ponytail, erasing as necessary. Draw a pair of curved lines to form the hair ribbon, and allow them to meet at the ends. Then, use a series of curved lines of various lengths to create the hair. Allow the lines to meet at jagged points.

How to Draw Hug: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to outline the woman's shoulder and back.

How to Draw Hug: Step 8

8. Draw the woman's arm, erasing as necessary. Use a pair of curved lines, noting the bend of the elbow.

How to Draw Hug: Step 9

9. Draw the woman's hands, erasing as necessary. Use overlapping curves to enclose a hand and fingers at the end of the arm. Draw another hand below the first.

How to Draw Hug: Step 10

Color your cartoon of a hugging couple. Then, check out our other cartoon drawing guides for more ways of sharing your emotions.

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