How to Draw Jesus

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Depictions of Jesus typically date from no earlier than the 200s AD. In the early Christian church, the making of such images was avoided for fear that they would be worshiped as idols. It was not long, however, before Jesus became a common topic in Christian art.

Interestingly, the Bible never comments on the appearance of Jesus as it did some other historical figures, including Essua, Moses, Saul, and David. It has been noted that artistic depictions of Jesus typically reflect the culture and ethnicity in which they were produced, rather than historical details, such as his Jewish ancestry, possible muscular physique as a carpenter, and customary Jewish beard and shorty clipped hair.

The halo, as it appears in this drawing guide, can be traced to pre-Christian religious symbols such as the sun disk. Also called a nimbus, glory, aureole, or gloriole, this ring of light rays was used in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Asia. These were often shown in depictions of gods, goddesses, human heroes, or mythical figures.

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Halos were adopted into Christian art during the fourth century. At that time, only Christ was depicted with a halo. Later, the apostles, saints, and others were shown as such.

Would you like to draw a picture of Jesus? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Jesus

How to Draw Jesus: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the face with overlapping curved lines, indicating hair.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 2

2. Enclose the face using a curved line. Then, detail the face. Draw almond-shaped eyes, and shade pupils within them. Use heavy lines to form the eyebrows, with lighter lines forming the nose and mouth. Use curved lines that meet in sharp points to enclose the mustache.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 3

3. Use long, curved lines to enclose the hair on top of the head, and shorter, overlapping curved lines to draw the locks at the ends.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 4

4. Draw two "U" shaped lines at the base of the neck to form the collar of the garment. Then, use a series of overlapping lines to enclose the sleeve. Note how the short lines indicate folds in the material. Next, use overlapping curved lines to draw the hand, palm, and fingers.

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How to Draw Jesus: Step 5

5. Use long, curved lines to sketch the opposite sleeve. Use overlapping curved lines to indicate the sleeve opening and folds in the fabric. Then, sketch the hand. Draw the fingers by doubling curved lines back upon themselves.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to indicate a fold of material extending across the torso and over the arm, erasing as necessary. Notice how the overlapping lines indicate folds in the material.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 7

7. Continue to draw the material until it wraps around the side of the torso.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 8

8. Detail the material of the garment with numerous vertical, curved lines. Note the end of the sash hanging beneath the hand.

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How to Draw Jesus: Step 9

9. Draw a circle behind the head, indicating the halo.

How to Draw Jesus: Step 10

Color your drawing.

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