How to Draw Medusa

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In Greek mythology, the Medusa was the most famous of the creatures called Gorgons. The Gorgons were depicted as winged females with lolling tongues and hair made of snakes.

The first mention of just one Gorgon, an underworld monster, occurred in the writings of Homer.

Later, the poet Hesiod spoke of three Gorgons - Euryale the Far Springer, Stheno the Mighty, and Medusa, queen of the Gordons.

In some myths, they were made by Gaea, who represented the Earth. In others, they were daughters of the sea god Phorcys.

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While the Gordons were typically seen as ugly, Medusa was considered beautiful. It was said that if you looked into her eyes, you would turn to stone.

Perseus slayed the Medusa by cutting off her head, releasing Chrysaor and Pegasus, her sons by Poseidon. Perseus used the magical head as a weapon attached to his shield.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of the dreaded Medusa? This easy, step-by-step mythological cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished character.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Poseidon, Zeus, and Centaur.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Medusa

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How to Draw a Great Looking Medusa for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

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1. Begin by drawing the Medusa's eyes. Use two thick curved lines to outline each of the eyes. Use curved lines to enclose a partial circle in each. Then, use curved lines to craft the boomerang-shaped eyebrows.

Easy Medusa Drawing - Step 2

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2. Use a curved line to sketch the nose. Then, use two curved, loosely "M" shaped lines and a curved line to sketch the lips. Draw a short line at each corner of the mouth.

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3. Use curved lines to sketch the chin and the sides of the face. Notice the overlap of the lines just below the eyes. Then, draw the first of the snakes that replace Medusa's hair. Use two overlapping curved lines to sketch the head and body. Use another curved line for the mouth, and enclose a sideways teardrop shape to indicate the eye.

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4. Draw the sides of the second snake's body using curved lines. Use another for the head, overlapping the lines of the body. Use a curved line for the mouth and a small oval for the eye. Enclose the round shape of another coil using a curved line.

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5. Use curved lines to outline the body of another snake, and a third overlapping curved line for the head. Draw a curved line for the mouth and a teardrop shape for the eye. Use curved lines to enclose additional coils, a curved line indicating the curvature of one.

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6. Outline the body of another snake using curved lines, enclosing that side of the face. Use another overlapping curved line to form the head, with a curved line for the mouth and an oval for the eye. Enclose another coil using a curved line.

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7. Draw another snake, using curved lines for the body, head, and an additional coil. Use a curved line for the mouth and an oval for the eye. This should enclose the remaining side of the face.

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8. Draw yet another snake, again using curved lines for the body, head, and an additional coil. Use curved lines for the mouth and an oval for the eye.

Complete the Outline of Your Medusa Drawing - Step 9

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9. Draw the final snake, again using curved lines to outline the body, coils, and head. Draw the mouth using a curved line and an oval for the eye.

Color Your Medusa Drawing

Color your cartoon of Medusa. She is often depicted with green, purple, or grey skin.

Then, check out other mythological figures, including Zeus and the Centaur.

For more great Fantasy drawing tutorials, see the 51 Best Fantasy Drawing Tutorials post.

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