How to Draw a Thinking Face

Create a wonderful Thinking Face drawing with easy, step-by-step instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!

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"Cogito, ergo sum; I think, therefore I am."
- Philosopher René Descartes

The Thinker, sometimes called Poet or Poet/Thinker, is a famous statue of a man in deep reflection. He has his hand to his chin, much as does the character in this drawing guide. The sculpture was made by French artist Auguste Rodin in 1880.

Today, many casts or models of the sculpture are housed in museums around the world.

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The Thinker is a recognizable piece that is often replicated in popular culture. It has become the archetype or "everyman" of deep thought and contemplation.

The statue was originally part of a project called "Gates of Hell," a doorway for a Paris museum.

It was based on Dante's Inferno, and "The Thinker" was to be Dante himself. His lack of distinguishing garb, though, "marked him as a universal embodiment of every poet — every creator — who draws new life from the imagination."

The sculptor Rodin described his creation in this way: "What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes."

Would you like to sketch a cartoon of a thinking person? This step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is designed to show you how.

It uses simple lines and shapes such as circles and teardrops to help you create a masterpiece and build your skills. You'll need a pencil and an eraser.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Woman's Face, Anime Boy Face, and Face.

Easy, step by step Thinking Face drawing tutorial
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Thinking Face

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1. Begin by drawing the eyes. For one eye, draw a curved line to indicate the furrowed brow, then enclose a partial circle below it. For the other, draw a circle. When the line meets itself at the top of the circle, allow one side to extend past the other, again contouring the brow bone.

Then, draw a small circle inside each eye to indicate the pupils.

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2. Draw the features of the face. Enclose a teardrop-shaped brow above each eye. Notice that one sweeps across the face at a diagonal angle, while the other is arched like a rainbow. Use curved lines to contour the brows and draw the nose and nostril.

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3. Use a long curved line to outline the cheeks and chin. Then, use shorter lines to draw the downturned mouth and contour the lips.

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4. Outline the ear using a "C" shaped line, and contour the inside of it with overlapping curved lines. Then, draw the neck, with one line descending from the ear and another from the chin. Contour the neck with a diagonal curved line.

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5. Draw the boy's hair. Use a series of connected curved lines. Notice how the lines above the forehead connect at jagged points.

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6. Draw the back of the man's head. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points. Notice how the hair stands up at the crown of the head.

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7. Complete the outline of the hair. Use curved lines that meet at points.

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8. Draw the hand on the thinker's chin. Use curved lines to outline the long pointer finger, the thumb below the chin, and the side of the hand. Contour the skin and fingernail using curved lines.

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9. Complete the outline of the fingers and back of the hand using a series of overlapping curved lines. Contour the knuckles with short curved lines. Erase lines of the chin as needed.

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Color your cartoon of a person deep in thought.

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