How to Draw Pocahontas

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"I look once more just around the river bend, beyond the shore where the gulls fly free. Don't know what for, what I dream the day might send just around the river bend - for me, coming for me."
- "Just Around the Riverbend," Disney's Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas was the first Disney film based on a real-life story. Pocahontas was born around 1595, the daughter of the Chief Powhatan. But for the children's film, that's where history ends and fiction begins.

The real Pocahontas was a child of about 12 when settlers founded the Jamestown colony in 1607. John Smith was once kidnapped, but whether the child Pocahontas acted to save his life is a matter of historical debate. An injury sent Smith back to England, and Pocahontas and her father were falsely told he had died.

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Around the year 1610, Pocahontas actually married Kocoum. In 1613, she was herself kidnapped by the English and held for ransom. There, she learned English and converted to Christianity. She married John Rolfe in 1614, and with their infant son Thomas sailed to England in 1616. She died one year later, likely of smallpox or another disease.

While in England, Pocahontas was regarded as a real-life princess and as a hero for helping negotiate peace between the Powhatan and the colonists. She also met John Smith and referred to him affectionately as "father."

Would you like to draw this brave Disney princess? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing guide can 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 Pocahontas

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 1

1. Begin by using curved lines to sketch the irregular shape of Pocahontas's face, as well as her ear and neck.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 2

2. Draw Pocohantas's necklace, the one that had been her mother's. Use curved lines to enclose the teardrop shapes. Then, draw the round pendant in the center.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 3

3. Extend curved lines from each side of the neck, forming the shoulders. Then, connect the shoulders using a pair of scalloped, parallel lines set at a diagonal angle. Use a series of curved lines to enclose the fringe of the garment beneath this. Detail the fringe with straight, vertical lines.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 4

4. Use long, curved lines to outline the arm, and shorter curved lines to enclose the hand and fingers.

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How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 5

5. Use long, curved lines to outline the hourglass shape of Pocahontas's dress. Draw a pair of curved lines around the middle to form the belt, and another curved line parallel to the bottom of the dress to indicate the fringe. Texture the fringe using vertical lines. Draw a line up the side of the skirt to indicate a seam.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 6

6. Draw Pocahontas's remaining arm using curved lines. Enclose the fingers and hand with a series of shorter curved lines.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 7

7. Outline the leg and foot using a long, curved line. Differentiate the toes with several short lines.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 8

8. Draw the remaining leg using a long, curved line doubled back upon itself. Detail the toes with short lines.

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How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 9

9.Draw a curved line to enclose a rounded shape at the back of Pocahontas's head, forming her hair. Draw her long hair blowing in the wind using long, curved lines and "C" shaped lines. Use curved lines of various lengths to texture the hair.

How to Draw Pocahontas: Step 10

Color Pocahontas. She has black hair, copper skin, a blue necklace, and a tan dress.

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