How to Draw the Squad

Easy, step by step Squad drawing tutorial
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Who's in your squad?

Historically, the term squad referred to the smallest military unit, usually of about 12 soldiers.

"The colloquial use of the word 'squad' arose from East Coast hip hop culture and describes 'a self-chosen group of people that you want to identify with'."

In the age of social media, "#Squadgoals" has taken over group selfies. This hashtag can indicate a group you'd like to be a part of something you'd like to achieve along with your group of friends, or a group accomplishment that you and the gang are proud of.

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The term "the squad" has often been used to describe specific groups of people, including sports teams. In the United States, a group of four female congresswomen has been called "the Squad," a nickname that originated on Instagram.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of your ideal squad? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Sans from Undertale, Charlie Brown, and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Squad

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

1. Begin by drawing the head of the first squad member. Draw a partial circle, open at the bottom. draw two short lines down from the opening. This forms the character's head and neck. Outline each eye using two curved lines. Shade a small circle inside each to indicate the pupils. Draw the eyebrows and mouth using curved lines.

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

2. Use straight lines to sketch the shoulders, upper arms, and lower arms. Then, use overlapping curved lines to enclose the hands.

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

3. Enclose an incomplete circle to form the head of the second character. Use curved lines to enclose the eyes and draw the eyebrows and mouth. Shade small circles for the pupils, and enclose the tongue using a "U" shaped line, with a short line down the center. Then, use straight and curved lines to sketch the torso and leg of the first character, perched on the shoulder of the second.

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

4. Outline the second character's hand using overlapping curved lines. Then, use straight lines to sketch the remaining leg of the first character. Use straight lines to draw the arm, torso, and leg of the second character.

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

5. Complete the outline of the second character's body - the leg and torso - using straight lines. Use pairs of lines to draw the extended arm, and overlapping curved lines to form the hand making the peace or victory sign.

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

6. Begin drawing the third character. Sketch an open circle for the head, with a short line for the neck. Use curved lines to draw the eyes, eyebrows, and smiling mouth. Shade small circles for the pupils. Then, use a pair of long curved lines to draw the arm, and overlapping curved lines for the hand. Note that this character is high-fiving the first.

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

7. Complete the third character. Use curved lines to draw the neck, arm, hand, torso, and legs.

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

8. Draw the fourth character. Draw an open circle for the head, and two short lines for the neck. Shade two irregular round shapes on the face, and connect them with a short line. This forms the character's sunglasses. Then, use curved lines for the raised eyebrows, the puckered mouth, and the arm and hand.

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

9. Use straight and curved lines to outline this character's arm, torso, and legs. In the hand, draw a partial rounded rectangle. Shade a small rectangle in its upper corner. This forms the smartphone the squad is using to take a group selfie.

Complete Squad drawing
How to Draw Squad: Step 10

Color your cartoon of the squad.

You can detail and personalize your squad. You can draw them with curly hair, manga hair, pigtails, or braids, and dress them in boots, tennis shoes, hoodies, jeans, dresses, or even a sombrero!

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