Learn how to draw a great looking Top Hat with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Top Hat.
"There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around."
- Frosty the Snowman, classic Christmas song
What is a top hat? Originally made of beaver fur, these hats have a broad brim and a tall, flat-topped crown.
Top hats are also called high hats, silk hats, cylinder hats, chimney pot hats, stovepipe hats, or toppers.
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Top hats were popular headwear for men from the late 1700s through the 1950s. Today, they are still worn for certain formal occasions and as a costume item.
Top hats have also played a role in popular culture. Abraham Lincoln, former president of the United States, was famous for wearing a tall top hat.
In the story of Frosty the Snowman, it is a silk top hat that brings the character to life.
Would you like to draw your very own fancy top hat? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
Step by Step Instructions for Drawing a Top Hat
How to Draw a Great Looking Top Hat for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing two slightly curved lines. Notice that one line is longer than the other, and that they are on a slightly diagonal slant toward each other. These lines form the sides of the crown of the hat.
Easy Top Hat Drawing - Step 2
2. Draw a large horizontal oval to connect the lines at the top. This forms the top of the hat's crown.
Easy Top Hat Drawing - Step 3
3. Use a long curved line to connect the lines at the bottom. Notice the bulge on one side. This forms the bottom of the hat's crown.
Easy Top Hat Drawing - Step 4
4. Draw a long curved line parallel to the bottom of the hat's crown. This forms the hatband. Then, use three short lines to enclose a curved rectangular shape at the back of the hatband.
Easy Top Hat Drawing - Step 5
5. Begin to draw the brim of the hat using a curved line. Extend the line from the back of the hat's crown, just above the hatband.
Easy Top Hat Drawing - Step 6
6. Continue to extend the curved line, following the curve of the hat's crown. The brim of the hat is now three fourths complete.
Easy Top Hat Drawing - Step 7
7. Complete the brim of the hat, using a curved line to connect the existing line to the front of the hat's crown.
Add More Details to Your Top Hat Picture - Step 8
8. Draw a long curved line just inside the brim of the hat, parallel to the existing line.
Complete the Outline of Your Top Hat Drawing - Step 9
9. Texture the hat. Use curved lines of different lengths to texture the top of the crown and the front and back of the brim. Then, use cross hatching - lines set at perpendicular angles, like a tic tac toe board - on the side of the crown, the hatband, and the brim.
Color Your Top Hat Drawing
Color your top hat. Traditionally, many top hats, such as those placed on a snowman, are black in color. Brown is another popular color. Be creative! Color your hat to match any outfit or costume.
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