How to Draw an Angel

Today, angels in statuary or art are typically depicted in one of two ways – either as females or as chubby infants. Did you know, however, that this has not always been the case?

Many angels depicted in antiquity were drawn as winged men. This can be seen in the art of Egypt, Assyria, and other regions. Early Christian art also contained male angels, relying on the Bible’s descriptions of these beings – such as “the man Gabriel” described in the book of Daniel and “Michael the archangel” of Revelation. It is interesting to note that in the Bible, angels are described as having no gender, yet male in form.

This was reflected in Christian art for centuries, but began to change around the time of the Victorian era. During the 1800’s, artists began to paint angels with long hair and more feminine features.

Would you like to draw your own angel? You can, using only a pencil, a piece of paper, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You may also wish to have handy an eraser and something with which to color.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Girl, Cartoon Princess, and Hatchimal.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Angel

How to Draw Angel: Step 1

Begin by drawing a circle to outline the angel’s head.

How to Draw Angel: Step 2

Beneath the circle, draw a curved line to outline the chin.

How to Draw Angel: Step 3

Draw a curved line on each side of the head to enclose the ears. Within each ear, draw a series of short, connected, curved lines to detail the inside of the ear.

How to Draw Angel: Step 4

Erase the guide lines from the face.

How to Draw Angel: Step 5

Draw two short, curved lines protruding from the bottom of the face to form the neck. Enclose the shape of the neck using a short, “S” shaped line.

How to Draw Angel: Step 6

Below the neck, draw two long, curved lines to outline the shape of the body.

How to Draw Angel: Step 7

Draw a scalloped, wavy line around the base of the neck to add detail to the garment. Connect the long, curved lines at the bottom using a long, wavy line. Detail the fabric folds of the dress by drawing several curved lines between the long, curved lines.

How to Draw Angel: Step 8

Draw a sleeve by extending one curved line from the collar of the garment and another from the body. Connect the lines using a wavy line.

How to Draw Angel: Step 9

Draw the other sleeve by extending a curved line from the collar on the opposite side. Connect this line to the bottom of the dress using a curved line.

How to Draw Angel: Step 10

Draw a hand extending from one sleeve. Use narrow “U” shaped lines to form the fingers, and curved lines to detail the palm.

How to Draw Angel: Step 11

Draw a hand extending from the other sleeve, again utilizing narrow “U” shaped lines to form the fingers.

How to Draw Angel: Step 12

Detail the sleeves. Draw a wavy, scalloped line to form a cuff around each sleeve. Give the sleeve depth by drawing a curved line from the hand to the bottom of each sleeve.

How to Draw Angel: Step 13

Give the angel flowing hair. Draw a long, curved line, beginning at one sleeve, surrounding the head, and ending at the other sleeve. Draw a number of curved lines extending from the head to the shoulders. Across the forehead, draw two curved lines that meet in a point at the top of the head.

How to Draw Angel: Step 14

Erase the guide lines from the head.

How to Draw Angel: Step 15

Draw the eyes. Draw a wide, “U” shaped line to form the bottom of each eye, and a thick curved line to form the top. Above the eyes, use curved lines to enclose a curved shape and form eyebrows.

How to Draw Angel: Step 16

Draw an oval within each eye area. Inside the oval, draw a smaller oval and a “W” shaped line across the bottom. Shade between the small oval and the line. Then, Draw a wide “U” shaped line to form the smiling mouth. Draw curved lines beneath the mouth to dimple the chin, and a short, curved line to form the nose.

How to Draw Angel: Step 17

Draw the wings. Extend a long, curved line from the angel’s hair on each side. Then, extend a series of overlapping, shorter curved lines from the tip of the long line. Repeat until the form of the wing is enclosed by the overlapping lines, meeting the hair or sleeve.

How to Draw Angel: Step 18

Detail the wings with additional feathers. Do so by drawing a number of connected, “U” shaped lines in each.

How to Draw Angel: Step 19

Draw a halo above the angel’s head. Do so by drawing an oval within an oval. how to draw an angel.

How to Draw Angel: Step 20

Color your angel.

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