How to Draw the Statue of Liberty

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“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

The above words can be found on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty. This statue stands on Liberty Island near New York City. It depicts a Roman goddess of liberty, or freedom, and was given as a gift from the French populace to the American people in 1886.

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Lady Liberty holds a torch in one hand and a tablet with the date of America’s independence from Britain in the other. A broken chain can be found at her feet.

In 1984, the Statue of Liberty was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because it is a “masterpiece of the human spirit,” and it “endures as a highly potent symbol—inspiring contemplation, debate and protest—of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity.”

Would you like to draw the Statue of Liberty? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is designed to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ ​​the Statue of Liberty

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 1

1. ​You will begin by drawing a three dimensional figure that resembles the tower of a castle. Place two slanted squares side by side, sharing one side. Draw narrow rectangles above and beneath them, also sharing one side. For the top, use short, straight, connected lines to form a serrated edge. Each “tooth” of this edge should be shaped like a tiny square. This structure is the base on which the Statue of Liberty stands.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 2

2. ​​​​​​​​​Above the serrated edge, continue drawing narrow rectangular blocks that share a centrally located edge. Notice that every other layer is thinner and slightly longer than those on either side of it.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 3

3. ​​Add detail to the statue’s base. On the large bottom section, draw horizontal and vertical rectangles. On the uppermost small rectangles, sketch small squares.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 4

4. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Begin to sketch Lady Liberty’s head and garment. Draw a rounded shape for the head, including a small irregularity to indicate the ear. Draw the neck using three curved lines. Then, use a series of curved lines to form the sleeve.

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How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 5

5.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Use additional curved lines to sketch the draping folds of Lady Liberty’s garment.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 6

6.​ ​​Use long, curved lines to attach the statue to the base, forming the bottom folds of the robe. Then, sketch in the tablet using a narrow rectangle and straight lines.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 7

7. ​​​Use long, curved lines to sketch the extended arm, and small ovals for the curled fingers. Use curved lines to craft the bottom of the torch. Draw a curved rectangle for the top of the torch, with a horizontal line across it. Shade the top section, then sketch a flame using short, curved lines that meet in sharp points.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​Use curved lines to outline the hair, erasing guide lines as necessary. Draw a curved line atop the hair to indicate the base of the crown. Then, use straight lines to form the narrow triangles that decorate the crown.

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How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 9

9.​​ ​Detail Lady Liberty’s face. Shade circular shapes for the eyes, and use curved lines to form the nose and mouth.

How to Draw Statue of Liberty: Step 10

10. ​​​Color the Statue of Liberty. This statue is a unique shade of sea green due to the aged patina of the copper from which it is made!

Did you know? The artist who crafted the Statue of Liberty also designed the Eiffel Tower. Learn how to draw this unique landmark.

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