How to Draw Pennywise

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown, also known as It, was the title character of the Stephen King novel, a television series, miniseries, and films.

Who is Pennywise? "The character is an ancient cosmic evil which preys upon the children of Derry, Maine, roughly every 27 years, using a variety of powers that include the ability to shapeshift, manipulate, and go unnoticed by adults."

The idea of a scary clown is based on the uncanny valley, a hypothesis which "suggests that humanoid objects which imperfectly resemble actual human beings provoke uncanny or strangely familiar feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers."

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While clown-like actors have been a part of entertainment since ancient times, the development of modern circus clown makeup - complete with a white face, red triangles, and an exaggerated grin - has been making some viewers uncomfortable since 1801. Numerous spin-offs and spoofs of the scary clown motif have been made, such as the "Gutter Clowns" of the Disney animated series Pepper Ann.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of the villainous Pennywise the clown? This easy, step-by-step character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare before Christmas, Frankenstein's Monster, and Mike Wazowski from Monster Inc..

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Pennywise

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing an oval. This will help you to form the clown's face.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 2

2. Erase two portions at the top of the oval and replace them with irregular curved lines. This forms the clown's high forehead and hairline.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 3

3. Erase the bottom of the oval. Use curved lines to contour the cheeks and chin. Use additional curved lines to enclose the ears, and detail them on the inside with curved lines.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 4

4. Draw Pennywise's eyes. Use curved lines to enclose the teardrop-shaped clown makeup above his eyes. Then, use curved lines to enclose the shapes of the eyes. Shade a small circle in each to indicate the pupil. Finally, extend two curved lines upwards from each eye, and allow them to meet at a point. Draw curved lines between them to indicate the furrowed brow.

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How to Draw Pennywise: Step 5

5. Continue sketching the face. Use pairs of curved lines to continue the clown makeup below the eyes and across the cheeks. Enclose inverted triangular shapes with rounded points to form the sneering mouth and the paint around the mouth. Use vertical lines to indicate the teeth. Finally, use curved lines to enclose the three-lobed shape of the nose.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 6

6. Draw the neck ruffle. Begin by extending curved lines from the bottom of the head. Connect the first and the last using a long, curved line. Then, use overlapping curved lines to form the ruffled edge.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 7

7. Extend curved lines below the opposite side of the face. Connect some with curved lines, forming overlapping layers of the ruffle.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 8

8. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to form the clown hair. Texture the hair with curved lines.

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How to Draw Pennywise: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to form the shoulders.

How to Draw Pennywise: Step 10

Color your cartoon of Pennywise the clown. He typically wears white and red makeup. Then, head over to our cartoon characters drawing section for more of your favorite heroes and villains.

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