How to Draw a Winter Scenery

"Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening?
In the lane
Snow is glistening.
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland."
- "Winter Wonderland," 1934

Scenes of peaceful winter scenery, and the glimmer of new fallen snow, are a common theme in both the visual and literary arts. In Lois Lowry's The Giver, just such a scene was the first memory given to young Jonas - and played a role in the book's final chapter. 

In the famous poem by Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Everning," the scene is captured in these words: "Whose woods these are I think I know... He will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow...Between the woods and frozen lake, the darkest evening of the year."

Would you like to draw a winter wonderland? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. You may also wish to use colored pencils or other tools to shade your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing ​​a Winter Scene

How to Draw a Winter Scene: Step by step drawing tutorial

1. ​​​​​​Begin by drawing an oval. This will help you to outline the Grinch's face.

2. ​​​​​​​​​Use a series of curved lines to outline the Grinch's face - notice the bulges of his cheeks and chin. Allow short lines to meet in jagged points, forming the Grinch's green fur.

3. ​Draw two curved lines downward from the face, forming the neck and upper body.

4. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Use connected short, curved lines to enclose a narrow, fluffy, cloud-like shape across the top of the Grinch's head. This will form the bottom of his hat. Draw a similar shape beneath the head, forming the collar of the garment.

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5.​ ​​​​​​​​​​Erase guide lines as necessary.

​6. ​​​Using curved lines, draw the hat. The hat is shaped like a curved triangle, with its tip bent over. At the tip of the hat, enclose an irregular shape using several short, curved lines.

​7. ​​​​​​​​​​​​Draw two parallel, "L" shaped lines to form the Grinch's arm. Detail the elbow with short lines, and erase guide lines as necessary. For the other arm, draw a long, curved line parallel to the body.

​8. ​​Draw two curved lines to indicate eyebrows, and another curve beneath one to form the cheek. Draw a circle beneath each brow, forming the eye. For the nose, enclose a small, irregular shape.

9. ​​​​Complete the details of the face. Draw the mouth using two overlapping curved lines, with a wavy, curved line at each end. Draw the pupils of the eyes using small circles, with an even smaller circle within each. Use short, curved lines to add texture above the eyes, below the mouth, and along the cheeks.

​10. ​Color the Grinch. He is usually depicted as green, wearing a red and white suit, although he was a colorless pencil drawing in the book's original printing.

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