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!"
- "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Disney's Frozen

A snowman is a human-like sculpture made from snow. Snowmen are often made from three large snowballs stacked on top of one another, decorated with objects that form the face and hands.

When was the first snowman constructed? The exact date is unknown. But art from medieval Europe depicts people dancing around a snowman. The earliest photograph of a snowman was taken shortly after the invention of the camera in 1853.

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A number of snowman characters inhabit the realm of fiction. They include Frosty the Snowman, who "was a fairytale, they say - he was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day." Another is Olaf from Disney's Frozen.

So, do you want to build a snowman? Even if there is no snow outside your door, you can "build" a cartoon snowman using a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. Follow the step-by-step instructions of this cartoon drawing tutorial. You'll use simple geometric shapes to outline the basic shape. Then, you'll add in plenty of details.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Santa Claus, Angel, and Reindeer.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Snowman

Snowman drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a small circle. This will become the snowman's head.

Snowman drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 2

2. Draw two straight lines across the circle. They should meet at the center, forming a cross pattern. These guide lines will help you draw the snowman's face.

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Snowman drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 3

3. Draw a narrow horizontal rectangle crossing the top of the circle. This forms the brim of the snowman's classic top hat. Then, draw two curved lines upward from the brim. Connect them at the top to enclose the crown.

Snowman drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 4

4. Draw curved lines to connect the corners of the brim. This gives the brim a contour. Then, begin to sketch the snowman's face. Use the quadrants formed by the guide lines to help you. Draw a small circle in each of the upper quadrants, forming the eyes. Draw the smiling mouth crossing the line between the two lower quadrants. Then, draw the carrot nose. Use two straight lines, connected by a short curved line.

Snowman drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 5

5. Erase the guide lines to leave a clean outline of the snowman's head.

Snowman drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 6

6. Draw two ovals, one larger than the other. The smaller oval should overlap the bottom of the face, and the larger oval should overlap the smaller.

Snowman drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 7

7. Draw a rectangle overlapping the head and midsection of the snowman. Then, draw more rectangles crossing one side of it. They should diverge at diagonal angles. This will become the snowman's scarf.

Snowman drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 8

8. Draw short lines to form the fringe at the ends of the scarf. Then, draw a line of small circles across the midsection. These are the snowman's stone or coal buttons.

Snowman drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 9

9. Erase the guidelines from the snowman's body and scarf. Then, draw the wooden arms. Draw each arm using two straight lines. Then, draw a "V" shaped line at its tip. Draw another short straight line at each arm of the "V."

Snowman drawing - step 10
How to Draw a Snowman: Step 10

10. Color your cartoon snowman. We've given ours a red scarf. We also gave our snowman a round blue background, which makes him appear to inhabit a snow globe!

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