How to Draw Athena

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Complete Athena drawing
Complete Athena drawing

Athena or Athene was the Greek goddess of war, reason, and wisdom.

Her arena was the "intellectual and civilized side of war and the virtues of justice and skill." In times of peace, she was a goddess of skilled crafts such as weaving.

She was also the protectress of the city of Athens.

In Roman mythology, she went by the name Minerva.

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Athena was said to be the daughter of Zeus, but she had no mother.

Instead, she emerged from his forehead, fully grown.

She never had children or consort and was considered a virgin.

Her symbols were the owl and the snake.

Artwork, especially sculptural reliefs, depicting Athena date back thousands of years.

An immense statue of Athena stands in the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

This Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon that stood on the acropolis of ancient Athens.

Today, Athena may be used as a symbol of freedom and democracy.

Her statue stands before government buildings and within the walls of various universities.

She also appears on the seal of the state of California, USA.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of the mythological Athena?

This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Zeus drawing, Anubis drawing, and Poseidon drawing.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Athena

How to Draw a Great Looking Athena for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

How to Draw Athena Step 01

1. Begin by sketching the female face. Use curved lines to outline the eyes, pointed at each color. Make the upper line of the eye thick and dark. Within each eye, draw two successively smaller circles. Shade between them, indicating the pupil. Use curved lines to sketch the nose, smiling mouth, and lips.

Easy Athena Drawing - Step 2

How to Draw Athena Step 02

2. Use curved lines to outline Athena's face and hair. Note the contour of the cheek and point of the chin. Use "U" shaped lines for the hair, and allow some to meet at points. Use curved lines to sketch the eyebrows.

Easy Athena Drawing - Step 3

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3. Draw Athena's crested helmet. Use a large "U" shaped line to outline the helmet. Use curved lines to sketch a triangular shape above it, textured with a vertical line. Then, use a series of "U" shaped lines to outline the plume.

Easy Athena Drawing - Step 4

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4. Sketch the girl's neck and shoulders. Extend two curved lines below the head. Use "U" shaped lines for the shoulders and neck of the garment. Contour the collarbones with curved lines. Draw a small circle on each shoulder, and a curved line to outline the armor.

Easy Athena Drawing - Step 5

How to Draw Athena Step 05

5. Use pairs of lines to outline the upper and lower arm and the gauntlet. Connect the lines at the ends. Then, use overlapping curved lines to draw the fingers and hand.

Easy Athena Drawing - Step 6

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6. Use curved lines to sketch the torso armor. Then, use curved lines that meet at jagged points to outline Athena's hair.

Easy Athena Drawing - Step 7

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7. Use pairs of lines to outline the remaining arm, and overlapping curved lines and ovals for the fingers and hand.

Add More Details to Your Athena Picture - Step 8

How to Draw Athena Step 08

8. Use two long, curved lines to outline Athena's skirts. Connect them at the bottom. Indicate folds in the cloth using curved lines. Outline the rectangular shape of the foot, and distinguish the toes.

Complete the Outline of Your Athena Drawing - Step 9

How to Draw Athena Step 09

9. Draw Athena's shield and spear, erasing as necessary. Extend straight parallel lines on each side of the fist, and connect them at each end. At the top, draw a small circle and a diamond, forming the spear tip. Draw a line down its center. For the shield, draw an oval within an oval, partially hidden behind Athena's body. Draw narrow curved rectangles crossing her arms.

Color Your Athena Drawing

How to Draw Athena Step 10

Color your cartoon of Athena. Then, find other legendary people among our cartoon characters drawing guides.

For more great People drawing tutorials, see the 51 Easy People Art Projects for Kids post.

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