How to Draw a Jack O’ Lantern

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In today’s guide, we will be learning how to draw a spooky Jack O’ Lantern in 14 easy steps!

​Jack O’ Lantern’s creepy and scary faces have made them symbolic for the day of Halloween. They have round forms, with jagged edged faces carved onto the front.

​Start your sketching lightly and slowly. This will help you in the long run when you want to erase the extra stray lines.

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​Before you start, make sure to visualize how much space you will use. This will make it easier for you to place your drawing on the paper and leave room for anything you might want to add.

In this tutorial, you will find each step highlighted in a light blue color.

​You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Sugar Skull, Skull, and Skeleton.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Jack O' Lantern

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 1

Begin by drawing an oval. This will be the base shape for the jack-o-lantern.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 2

Draw two slightly smaller ovals on the left and right side of your previous oval. Make sure the previous oval is overlapping these two.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 3

Just above the oval on the right side, draw a small oval. This will be the beginning of your jack-o-lantern’s stem.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 4

Now draw in the rest of the stem. Start each line on each end of the oval.

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How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 5

Now draw a leaf shape emerging from the back of the jack-o-lantern’s stem.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 6

Place two circles over the front of the pumpkin. These will be the jack-o-lantern’s eyes. Try and place these eyes as symmetrical as possible.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 7

Draw a circle over both eyes. The circles should be drawn on the side of the oval that is facing inward. This will help you better visualize where the notch in the eyes will be.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 8

Make a triangle in between both eyes. Try to center the triangle as well as possible. This will be your jack-o-lantern’s nose.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 9

Place a crescent shape on the front of your pumpkin, just below the nose. This is the mouth of your jack-o-lantern.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 10

Draw two triangles on the top of the crescent. These will be the teeth. Try and make these triangles as symmetrical as possible.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 11

Add 3D to your jack-o-lantern to give it some depth. On the eyes, draw a line on the side of the circles facing outward. On the nose, draw a line on the bottom of the triangle. On the mouth, draw a line on the bottom of the mouth. Make sure to follow the curves of the facial features.

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 12

Add detail.

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How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 13

There are endless amounts of faces and expressions you can give your jack-o-lantern. Make sure to use your imagination and most importantly, create a jack-o-lantern that best suits you!

How to Draw Jack O Lantern: Step 14

Color your jack-o-lantern and bring it to life!

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