How to Draw Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol

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“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

While the above may be true, "laughter and good humor" were not qualities Ebenezer Scrooge was known for. He has been described as the "miserly protagonist" of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, published in 1843.

In this "Ghost Story of Christmas," Scrooge encounters three specters. The Ghost of Christmas Past brings back Scrooge memories of his boyhood and youthful romance.

The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge by example that happiness is not linked to money.

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Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come reveals that if he does not change, Scrooge will die unliked and with no one to mourn his passing.

Spoiler alert! At the end of the story, Scrooge's personality has been transformed from miserliness to generosity.

Many films, both live-action and cartoon, have told this classic story.

A number of fictional and cartoon characters have been based on the "Scrooge" archetype. One of the most famous is Disney's Scrooge McDuck, the misery uncle of Donald Duck.

Can you draw a portrait of Ebenezer Scrooge? Follow these easy steps.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Elf, Jack and Sally from the Nightmare before Christmas, and Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare before Christmas.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol

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1. Begin by drawing Scrooge's top hat. Use curved lines to outline the pointed brim and the rectangular crown. Draw a curved line across the middle to indicate the hat band.

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2. Sketch the old man's face. Use overlapping curved lines to draw the brow, cheeks, chin, and ear. Use curved lines that meet at points to sketch the hair of the sideburns.

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3. Detail the face. Draw the eyebrows using a long curved line for the bottom and overlapping, shorter curved lines for the top. Enclose a partial circle below each brow, outlining the eye. Draw a curved line across each eye to form the eyelid, and a smaller circle for the pupil. Then, use curved lines to contour the nose and the wrinkles between the brows.

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4. Use curved lines to draw more wrinkles and the down-turned, frowning mouth. Draw a thick curved line across the nose, and a circle on each end of it. This forms Scrooge's glasses. Use lines that meet in points to form the hair sticking out from the sides of the face.

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5. Use curved lines to sketch Scrooge's shoulders, sleeve, and clinched hand. Notice the overlapping lines that represent folds in the fabric of his coat.

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6. Use curved lines to draw Scrooge's remaining arm - the sleeve of his coat, the sleeve of his shirt visible at the cuff, and his hand, partially covered by the other hand.

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7. Use overlapping curved lines to draw Scrooge's long fingers. Then, enclose a partial circle below his hand. This forms the top of his cane. Extend two straight lines below it. Notice how they gently converge. Connect them at the bottom with a short line, and band the bottom of the cane with a line.

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8. Detail Scrooge's clothing. Draw three lines between the chin and the arm to outline the opening of the jacket. Draw two more lines from this shape to the shoulders to enclose the triangular collars of the coat. Use additional curved lines to outline the bottom of the jacket, visible beneath the arm, and the pant legs. Contour the fabric with curved lines.

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9. Draw the lower legs, using pairs of curved lines that are connected at the bottom. Contour the fabric with curved lines, and sketch the irregular peanut shapes of the shoes, as well as their soles and creases.

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