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How to Draw Kirby

Easy, step by step Kirby drawing tutorial
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"First you draw a circle, then you dot the eyes, add a great big smile, and presto, it's Kirby!"
- Introduction to Kirby's Adventure

Kirby is a video game character first released by Nintendo in 1992. In the time since, "Kirby has been battling baddies across dozens of games."

The iconic Kirby lives on planet Pop Star. He has the ability to inhale objects into his large mouth, adopting their abilities. He can absorb enemies in the same way! Kirby is only 8 inches (20 centimeters) tall, and he has no bones or teeth. He can expand like a balloon, flatten himself, or stretch. His weight is unknown, but he is light enough to be carried easily by other characters.

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Did you know? No one knows exactly where Kirby got his name. He was originally called Popopo; at that time, he was a placeholder character rather than the star. The name "Kirby" could have been adopted from Kirby brand vacuum cleaners, because of the character's ability to inhale objects. Or, he could have been named after Nintendo's legal counsel.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of Kirby? He is very easy to draw, and this cartoon drawing tutorial will show you how. Then, you can expand your skills to other video game characters, like Link and Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda, or Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser, and Princess Peach from the Super Mario Bros. franchise.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cartoon Monster, Goku, and Super Mario.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Kirby

Kirby drawing - step 1
How to Draw Kirby: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a large circle. This outlines Kirby’s head and body.

Kirby drawing - step 2
How to Draw Kirby: Step 2

3. Use straight lines to outline triangle shapes on the outside of the circle. These outline the legs and remaining arm.

Kirby drawing - step 3
How to Draw Kirby: Step 3

4. Draw two elongate ovals to form the eyes. Draw another oval within each eye.

Kirby drawing - step 4
How to Draw Kirby: Step 4

4. Draw two elongate ovals to form the eyes. Draw another oval within each eye.

Kirby drawing - step 5
How to Draw Kirby: Step 5

5. Contour Kirby’s arms and legs. Use curved lines to round out the limbs, using the triangles as a guide.

Kirby drawing - step 6
How to Draw Kirby: Step 6

6. Erase the guide lines from the limbs.

Kirby drawing - step 7
How to Draw Kirby: Step 7

7. Erase the guide lines from the arm.

Kirby drawing - step 8
How to Draw Kirby: Step 8

8. Draw a straight diagonal line across the top of each eye; erase above it. Use a curved line to draw the frowning mouth.

Kirby drawing - step 9
How to Draw Kirby: Step 9

9. Color Kirby. He is pink, with darker pink legs and cheeks. Others of his species, known as Puffs or Kirbys, have appeared in shades of green, red, and yellow.

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