How to Draw William Shakespeare

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"To be or not to be, that is the question."
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare

"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?...
But soft! What light from the yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the Sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon."
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is perhaps the most famous name in English literature. The poet and playwright of the 1500s and 1600s penned such well-known works as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Today, these plays are still performed around the world and translated into many languages. Students study them in school, and they are often satirized in popular culture.

Did you know? Shakespeare's writings total over a million words, and he invented over 1,000 new words. His stories included kings, mythological gods, and ordinary people.

He also popularized several names that are still common today. These include Olivia, Jessica, and Miranda.

Would you like to draw a cartoon caricature of the famous poet William Shakespeare? Whether you're preparing for English class or feeding your own thirst for English literature, we've got the right drawing tutorial for you. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions to complete your portrait.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare drawing - step 1
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the character's cartoon eyes. Use curved lines to outline the rounded triangular shape. Inside the eye, shade a large circle to form the pupil. Indicate the eyelid with a curved line above the eye.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 2
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 2

2. Draw the remaining eye. Again, use curved lines to outline the rounded triangular shape. Inside the eye, shade a large circle to form the pupil. Indicate the eyelid with a curved line above the eye.

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William Shakespeare drawing - step 3
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 3

3. Use curved lines to enclose a crescent moon-shaped eyebrow above each eye. Contour below the eyes and draw the nose and top of the mustache using curved lines.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 4
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 4

4. Complete the top of the mustache with a curved line. Then, draw a series of curved lines in a scalloped pattern to connect the two sides. Note the indentation in the middle of the mustache; draw a curved line between the sides of it to indicate the mouth. Contour the lower lip with a curved line, and use a series of curved lines to sketch a "V" shaped goatee below it.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 5
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 5

5. Outline the face using curved lines. Notice the overlap at the ear, and the series of short lines that indicate the bottom of the beard.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 6
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 6

6. Use long, curved lines to outline Shakespeare's characteristic hairstyle. Notice the series of lines at the bottom. Draw a curved line between the overlapping lines at the side of the head to indicate the ear. Then, draw a curved line down the side of the face to begin outlining the top of the beard.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 7
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 7

7. Draw a series of short curved lines - some of them connected, others not - to mark the top of the beard. Then, use curved lines to outline a bent rectangle below the face. This is the collar of Shakespeare's garment. Contour the fabric with curved lines.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 8
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 8

8. Draw more contours on the collar. Then, use curved lines to outline the torso, shoulder, and striped sleeve.

William Shakespeare drawing - step 9
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to outline a striped sleeve on the opposite side. Draw two curved lines down the center of the garment, and draw circles between them to indicate buttons.

Complete William Shakespeare drawing
How to Draw William Shakespeare: Step 10

Color your cartoon version of William Shakespeare.

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