How to Draw a Potato

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For centuries, the potato has been one of the most important food sources in the world. It is native to the Andres Mountains of South America and is a distant relative of the tomato. It is thought that the potato was domesticated nearly 2,000 years ago, and it entered European markets during the 1500s. It is also called a tater or spud.

How do you like your potatoes? This versatile vegetable is often served mashed, baked, as French fries, as potato chips, in soups or casseroles, and so much more. There are over 1,000 different types of potatoes, and some varieties grow wild throughout the Americas.

Did you know? Both the potato and the tomato are part of the nightshade family. This means that their leaves and stems contain a toxin. This is why potato sprouts are cut away before cooking. Otherwise, a stomach ache, headache, or other symptoms could result. Potatoes are generally not eaten raw, as cooking them destroys much of this chemical compound.

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Throughout the years, a number of potato-themed characters have come and gone, often in advertising. Perhaps the most enduring is Mr. Potato Head. The toy was invented in 1949, with plastic parts that were used with a real potato. Later, a plastic potato body was included. The toy has remained in production for three-quarters of a century, with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head making famous appearances in films such as Toy Story (1995).

Would you like to draw a smiling potato similar to Mr. Potato Head? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to help. 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: Mushroom, Corn Cob, and Pumpkin.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Potato

How to Draw Potato: Step 1

1. Outline the potato by drawing an irregular oval shape.

How to Draw Potato: Step 2

2. Draw an arm extending from the side of the potato. First, draw a pair of curved parallel lines. Then, use short curved lines and "U" shaped lines to craft the hand and fingers of the happily waving hand.

How to Draw Potato: Step 3

3. Draw the remaining arm. This one is folded with the hand on the hip - if potatoes have hips, that is. Draw two "V" shaped lines crossing in and out of the body to form the arm. Then, use a series of curved and "U" shaped lines to enclose the hand.

How to Draw Potato: Step 4

4. Erase guide lines from the potato.


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How to Draw Potato: Step 5

5. Draw a large circle in the middle of the potato. This will form the first eye.

How to Draw Potato: Step 6

6. Draw a second circle, forming the remaining eye.

How to Draw Potato: Step 7

7. Next, use two short curved lines that meet at sharp points to draw an eyebrow above each eye.

How to Draw Potato: Step 8

8. Draw a smaller circle within each eye. Inside this circle, draw an overlapping oval and circle. Shade the smallest circle, indicating the pupil.


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How to Draw Potato: Step 9

9. Use two curved lines to sketch the potato's wide, open mouth. Use a long, curved line to enclose a rounded rectangular shape at the top of the mouth, indicating the teeth. Use two overlapping curved lines to indicate the tongue. Finally, texture your potato by drawing small circles and ovals.

How to Draw Potato: Step 10

Color your potato. Many potatoes are brown, but they may also be white, yellow, green, or even purple!

Here at Easy Drawing Guides, it's okay to play with your food. Check out our plant drawing guides where you'll find a whole aisle of smiling cartoon produce, including tomatoes, corn, and pumpkins.

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