How to Draw Thomas Jefferson

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“I cannot live without books.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence. He was also responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the nation.

Thomas Jefferson lived long before the invention of the camera. Yet, we know what he looked like because his portrait was painted a number of times. His picture appears on the 2 dollar bill and on postage stamps. He is one of four presidents immortalized on the face of Mount Rushmore. A memorial is named after him in Washington, D.C., and it features a 19 foot (16 meter) statue of him.

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Would you like to draw Thomas Jefferson? This easy, step-by-step presidential drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson drawing - step 1
How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching Thomas Jefferson's face. Use a series of curved lines, noting the brow, chin, and cheek.

Thomas Jefferson drawing - step 2
How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 2

2. Sketch Jefferson's hair. Use short, curved lines that meet at coiling points. Draw the hair across the top and down the side of the face, giving it a rectangular shape.

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Thomas Jefferson drawing - step 3
How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 3

3. Begin to draw Jefferson's garments. Use overlapping curved lines to draw the collar of his shirt. Enclose a rounded parallelogram to one side of the shirt collar, indicating the collar of the jacket. Extend a long, curved line from the bottom of the collar.

Thomas Jefferson drawing - step 4
How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 4

4. Draw Jefferson's layered scarf. Use curved lines to enclose each layer, scalloped at the bottom. Each layer should be less wide than the one above it.

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How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 5

5. Use curved lines to sketch the remaining collar and front of Jefferson's jacket.

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How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 6

6. Extend a curved line from each side of the collar to form the shoulders. Beneath the end of each shoulder, draw a curved line to distinguish the arm. Finally, draw a long, curved line connecting one shoulder to the other, giving the drawing the appearance of a bust or statue.

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How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 7

7. Enclose Jefferson's hair. Use a series of short, connected, "U" shaped lines to outline the circular shape of the hair. Then, use additional short, curved lines to add texture to it.

Thomas Jefferson drawing - step 8
How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 8

8. Detail Jefferson's face. Shade thick, curved lines for the brows. Draw the eyes using curved lines that meet at points at the corners. Within each eye, draw two successively smaller circles. Shade the smaller, indicating the pupil. Contour the face using small lines around the eyes, between the brows, on the forehead, and around the cheek.

Thomas Jefferson drawing - step 9
How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to sketch the nose and open mouth. Use additional small lines to detail the chin, sides of the mouth, and hair.

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How to Draw Thomas Jefferson: Step 10

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