How to Draw Cartoon Money

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A sack full of money is a common image in popular culture. Often, it is found in the hands of cartoon characters guilty of robbing banks, or in the cellar of a grumpy rich person, such as Disney’s Scrooge McDuck.

References to money bags in art and history date back 2,000 years.

In this drawing guide, the money bag is full of gold coins. Did you know that the use of coins as money has a very long history?

The earliest coins may have been minted, or produced by the government, in the Mediterranean region over 2,500 years ago. Coins were easy to carry and more durable than materials such as seashells. Coins were often stamped with images of government leaders, deities, crops, or animals.

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At that time, the coins were a type of “commodity money” – they were made of valuable metals such as gold or silver, and the worth of the coin was based on the amount of metal used to make it.

Today, most coins are “fiat money” rather than commodity money. In many countries, coins are no longer made of precious metals; they have value simply because everyone that uses them agrees upon their value.

Have you ever wondered why some coins have ridges on their sides? When coins were still made of solid gold, silver, and copper, some people would shave bits of these metals off the sides of the coins.

They would then spend the coins for their full value, but either sell the shavings or use them to make other objects. The ridges made it obvious when the coins had been shaved, and the thieves could thus be identified.

Would you like to draw a bag of money? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ Cartoon Money

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line, like one half of an upside-down heart. This begins the outline of the money bag.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 2

2. Draw another curved line mirroring the first. The lines should connect at the bottom in an overlapping manner. This completes the base of the money bag.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 3

3. Using two curved lines, enclose a curved shape at the top of the money bag. This is the rope that ties the money bag closed. Texture the rope with curved lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 4

4. Draw two curved lines extending upward, one from each side of the rope.

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How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 5

5. Connect the curved lines using a long wavy line, outlining the top of the bag.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 6

6. Connect the tips of the wavy line using additional wavy lines. This indicates the far side of the bag’s top, giving it a three-dimensional appearance. Draw curved lines extending upward and downward from the rope, indicating folds in the fabric.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 7

7. Outline the shape of the letter “S” on the front of the bag.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 8

8. Draw a narrow rectangle through the “S,” erasing guide lines as necessary. This forms the shape of a dollar sign, or “$.” Texture the bag using short curved lines and dots.

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How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 9

9. Draw coins that have fallen from the bag. For each coin, draw a narrow horizontal oval. Then, draw a short line descending from each side of the oval. Connect these lines using a curved line, outlining the side of the coin. Texture the side of the coins with short lines.

How to Draw Cartoon Money: Step 10

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