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How to Draw Buddha

Easy, step by step Buddha drawing tutorial
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Who is Buddha? Is he just a chubby statue that you see in some restaurants? Actually, he was a real person. He was born sometime between the years of 600 and 400 B.C.E. in what is now Nepal.

The term "Buddha" is not a name. It is a title that means "awakened one;" his actual name was Gautama. He traveled across Asia, seeking enlightenment and the meaning of life. His followers continued to spread his teachings, and this became the religion known as Buddhism.

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Today, statues of Buddha can be found all over the world. Large statues occupy temples in Japan and in other Asian countries. As people have moved around the world, they have brought their traditions with them. You might now find small, portable statues of Buddha in any country around the world - even for sale in a local store.

Would you like to draw Buddha? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is designed to help you do just that, using simple shapes and lines. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Reindeer, Lotus Flower, and Polar Bear Cub.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ ​Buddha

Buddha drawing - step 1
How to Draw Buddha Step 01

1. ​Begin by drawing an oval. This will help you to shape the top of the Buddha's head.

Buddha drawing - step 2
How to Draw Buddha Step 02

2. ​​​​​​​Beneath the oval, enclose another ovular shape using a long, curved line. This forms the lower portion of the Buddha's face.

Buddha drawing - step 3
How to Draw Buddha Step 03

3. ​Erase the guide line between the two figures.

Buddha drawing - step 4
How to Draw Buddha Step 04

4. ​​​​​​​​​​​​Sketch in the Buddha's hair. To do so, draw short, curved lines connecting the outside of the ovular forms, encasing the area where the two ovals met. Then, draw a long, curved line connecting those two points on the inside of the figure. Notice that the line is loosely shaped like the letter "M."

Buddha drawing - step 5
How to Draw Buddha Step 05

5.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Draw the hair bun atop Buddha's head. Use a curved line to enclose an oval shape disappearing behind the top of the head.

Buddha drawing - step 6
How to Draw Buddha Step 06

6.​ ​​Draw the ears. enclose the ears using a set of overlapping curved lines. Erase guide lines as necessary. Within the ear, enclose a narrow teardrop shape.

Buddha drawing - step 7
How to Draw Buddha Step 07

7. ​Detail and texture the hair. Do so by drawing small circles of various sizes. According to some legends, this texture isn't hair at all, but tiny snails that covered the Buddha's head to keep him cool while he meditated in the hot sun.

Buddha drawing - step 8
How to Draw Buddha Step 08

8.​​​ ​Extend two curved lines downward from the head, forming the neck. Note how the lines curve outward in opposite directions. Detail the contour of the throat using a short, curved line.

Buddha drawing - step 9
How to Draw Buddha Step 09

9.​​ ​​​​Draw the Buddha's face. Shade two thick, curved shapes to form the eyebrows. Beneath the eyebrows, enclose each eyelid using two curved lines. Thickly shade the lower line. Extend a pair of lines to form the nose, and complete the shape using two curved lines. Use three curved lines to enclose the lips, and another small, curved line beneath the mouth to add depth to the chin.

Complete Buddha drawing
How to Draw Buddha Step 10

10. ​Color the Buddha. Statues of Buddha may be made of shining gold, or they may be of stone - grey, brown, or even covered with green moss.

Don't forget to check out our other fun drawing guides, such as animals and plants.

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How to draw: Buddha - all drawing steps
How to Draw Buddha: Step by Step Tutorial

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