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How to Draw Merida from Brave

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“I am Merida! First Born descendant of clan DunBroch, and I'll be shootin' for my OWN hand!” ― Merida, Disney's Brave

Would you like to learn how to draw princess Merida from Disney's Brave? Of course, you would - it's mandatory princess training! This easy, step-by-step princess drawing tutorial is here to help.

Merida is a headstrong Scottish princess with fiery red hair. She excels at archery, swordplay, and horseback riding.

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She is no damsel in distress. She wants to change her fate and uses her archery skills to outmatch her potential suitors. Later, she must mend her family bonds and outsmart a witch's spell.

Merida is recognized alongside other fearless Disney princesses like Jasmine and Mulan.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Alice in Wonderland, Pocahontas, and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Merida from Brave

Merida from Brave drawing - step 1
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin by drawing Merida’s face. Use curved lines to draw the eyebrows, pointed at the outer corners.

Then, draw the eyes. First, enclose an almond or teardrop shape. Then, enclose two successively smaller circles within each. Shade the smaller circles to indicate the pupils. Use curved lines for the upturned nose and nostrils, as well as the lips.

Finally, draw a wide “U” shaped line to outline the face.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 2
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Next, begin sketching Merida’s voluminous hair. Use swirling curved lines and connected “U” shaped lines to form the cloudlike shape. Don’t forget to draw the short lines that outline the ears.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 3
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Continue drawing Merida’s hair. Use connected “U” shaped lines as well as curved lines that meet at sharp points.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 4
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Draw more of Merida’s cloud-like hair. Use “U” shaped lines and curved lines that meet at points.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 5
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. Extend a pair of lines below the head to form Merida’s neck. Then, draw a long curved line on each side, beginning at the base of the neck, to outline the shoulders and arms. Draw a “C” shaped line on one side. Texture the hair with “U” shaped lines.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 6
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Detail Merida’s dress and arms. Draw a “U” shaped line below the neck. Under this, draw a small “V” shape, and connect it to the shoulders with curved lines parallel to the “U.”

Use curved lines to continue the arms and the sides of the torso. Notice the crescent shapes on each arm, which indicate Merida’s rolled-up sleeves.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 7
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Use curved lines to draw Merida’s hand. Then, draw the arrow she is holding. From her thumb, extend two long, parallel straight lines.

This is the shaft of the arrow. Draw wavy lines from the shaft to the hand, indicating the feathers. Band the front of the shaft with two lines, then draw a diamond shape at the tip - the arrowhead.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 8
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Use overlapping curved lines to draw Merida’s remaining hand. Then, draw her bow. Extend a pair of curved lines from each side of the hand.

On one side, allow the lines to meet at a point. On the other, connect them with a small oval, then draw a “V” shape on the opposite side of the oval. Overall, the bow should look like a very wide “W.” Band the bow with a curved line on each side of Merida’s hand.

Merida from Brave drawing - step 9
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Draw a line from one end of the bow to the other, indicating the bowstring. Then, use a long curved line to outline the skirt of Merida’s dress. Use curved lines to indicate folds in the fabric, and to outline the tips of her shoes, visible beneath the skirt.

Complete Merida from Brave drawing
Merida from Brave step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon of Merida from Brave. She has striking red hair and wears a blue dress.

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