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How to Draw a Snowman

Easy, step by step Snowman drawing tutorial
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"Do you want to build a snowman? Come on, let's go and play!" - Anna, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Disney's Frozen

Would you like to build a snowman? You can learn how to draw a snowman with the help of this easy cartoon drawing tutorial.

Have you ever wondered why we build men out of snow? One reason is that snow is literally a free art supply that falls from the sky. During the Middle Ages in Europe, it allowed poor people to engage in artistic expression.

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Snowmen have long been featured in art as well. According to Reader's Digest, "It was a snowman who appeared on some of the first postcards, starred in some of the initial silent movies, and was the subject of a couple of the earliest photos, dating all the way back to the 1800s." The snowman is considered "one of humanity's earliest forms of folk art."

The earliest known drawing of a snowman comes from the 1380 manuscript of The Book of Hours. In 1494, the famous artist Michelangelo was commissioned by a prince to sculpt a snowman.

One observer described it as "astonishingly beautiful." Snowmen were used to depict tales of political protest, as they were for "the Miracle of 1511."

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Merry Christmas Card, Christmas Wreath, and Christmas Stocking.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Snowman

Snowman drawing - step 1
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing the snowman's head. Draw a curved horizontal triangle to create the carrot nose. Around it, use curved lines to outline the round head. Notice that the lines do not connect at the top. Then, shade two small ovals for the eyes made out of coal.

Snowman drawing - step 2
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Draw a top hat on the snowman's head. Draw a curved line overlapping the sides of the head, and another to form the hat's brim. Finally, enclose the crown. Shade several small ovals to form the snowman's smiling mouth.

Snowman drawing - step 3
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Draw a curved line across the crown of the hat to indicate a hatband. Texture the carrot nose with short curved lines.

Then, use a long curved line to enclose the irregular shape of the scarf, and another for the round middle section of the body.

Snowman drawing - step 4
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Use a long curved line to enclose the round shape of the final section of the body. Then, draw the arm.

Use a pair of parallel curved lines to outline the stick. Then, draw a short curved line overlapping the ends of the arm. Draw an oval around the tip of the arm to begin sketching the mitten.

Snowman drawing - step 5
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Finish drawing the mitten. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to craft the hand, fingers, and thumb.

Snowman drawing - step 6
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Draw the remaining arm, erasing as necessary. Draw a curved line across the body, forming the spot where the stick penetrates the snow.

Then, extend a pair of curved lines that are roughly parallel to one another. Notice how one line diverges then doubles back upon itself to form another twig of the stick. At the end, draw a short line that overlaps both lines.

Then, draw an oval around it to begin sketching the mitten.

Snowman drawing - step 7
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Finish the remaining mitten. Use overlapping curved lines to create the thumb and fingers. Then, texture the branches with curved lines.

Snowman drawing - step 8
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Continue drawing the scarf, erasing as necessary. Draw a curved rectangle to form the end of the scarf. Then, band the scarf with curved lines to create stripes.

Snowman drawing - step 9
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Continue drawing stripes along the length of the scarf. Draw tassels at the end - small triangles with rounded corners. Then, draw the buttons using small ovals.

Complete Snowman drawing
snowman step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon snowman.

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