Learn how to draw a great looking Uncle Sam with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.
By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Uncle Sam.
"I want you for U.s. Army."
- Uncle Sam
The legend of Uncle Sam began in 1813. A meatpacker by the name of Samuel Wilson supplied the U.S. army with barrels of beef. Each barrel was stamped with "U.S." for "United States," but soldiers began calling the food "Uncle Sam's."
Years later, around the late 1860s, a political cartoonist named Thomas Nast gave the character his iconic look. Interestingly, Nast also created the modern Santa Claus, the democratic donkey, and the republican elephant.
The most famous painting of Uncle Sam was created by the artist James Montgomery Flagg. It appeared on recruiting posters during World War I.
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In popular culture, this poster has been reused with different captions and satirized many times. For example, Star Wars fans may recall images of Darth Vader in a similar pose, with the words "I want you for the Imperial Army." Uncle Sam has been used in advertising everything "from cereal to car insurance."
Would you like to draw Uncle Sam? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Uncle Sam
How to Draw a Great Looking Uncle Sam for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing Uncle Sam's hat. Use one curved line for the brim of the hat, and another for the crown. Allow the lines to overlap. Draw a wide "U" shaped line across the brim, separating it from the crown. Draw a curved line across the crown, with three five-pointed stars beneath it. Draw another curved line near the top of the hat, outlining the flat top of the crown. Draw vertical lines between this and the starred band.
Easy Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 2
2. Begin drawing Uncle Sam's hair. Draw pairs of wavy lines, and allow them to meet at curled points at the end.
Easy Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 3
3. Continue drawing Uncle Sam's hair on the opposite side. Again, use pairs of curved lines that meet at a point.
Easy Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 4
4. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to sketch Uncle Sam's ears and face. Then, draw a short, straight line across the chin. Extend a series of short, curved lines from each side, allowing them to meet at a point. This forms the goatee beard. On each side of the goatee, enclose a rounded triangle shape to form the sides of the bow tie. Use curved lines to indicate folds in the material.
Easy Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 5
5. Draw the collar of Uncle Sam's coat. Use curved lines to enclose bent triangular shapes along the sides of the face and long, narrow curved triangles beneath the bowtie. These triangles should meet at the bottom to form another triangle between them. Draw curved lines beneath the beard to indicate folds in the shirt.
Easy Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 6
6. Sketch the side and arm of the jacket. Use long and short overlapping lines to form the shapes, indicating ripples in the material.
Easy Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 7
7. Sketch Uncle Sam's opposite side, including his famously pointing hand. Use overlapping curved lines to sketch the shoulder and arm of the jacket. Then, use a series of curved and "U" shaped lines to sketch the hand.
Add More Details to Your Uncle Sam Picture - Step 8
8. Use curved lines to complete the shape of the jacket and to add dimension where needed. Draw Uncle Sam's eyes by shading two small circles and placing a curved line on top. Enclose a curved shape to indicate the eyebrow above each eye.
Complete the Outline of Your Uncle Sam Drawing - Step 9
9. Finish detailing Uncle Sam's face. Use "U" shaped lines to outline the mouth, and curved lines to detail around the eyes, ears, nose, sides of the mouth, tongue, teeth, and chin.
Color Your Uncle Sam Drawing
Color Uncle Sam. He typically has white hair and red, white, and blue clothing.
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