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How to Draw Cartoons?

Humans have a very interesting trait. That is the ability to visualize the details of complex things or objects composed of simple elements.

Such imagination allows us to replace things with any geometric shape.

For example, your sketchbook might present a rectangular box and two circles when you see a car.

Or when you were a toddler, you pointed to the “matchmaker” in your sketchbook and shouted, “That’s Daddy, that’s Mommy! “

Drawing is so much fun, and the human imagination is incredible.

So, how to draw a cartoon?

I’ll show you in detail!


The following sample images are from there

How to Draw Cartoons?

You need to prepare:

A piece of paper
A pencil
An eraser.

Here we go!!!

Step 1: Draw the cartoon face

Let’s start by drawing a cartoon face. The basic cartoon shape is a circle. A circle is all you need (except love, of course). You can define the basic proportions of your character’s head from the circle. You can try variations or draw a cartoon shape with an oval head.

Once you’ve prepared your round or oval head cartoon, it’s time to trace the face axis. Draw a vertical and horizontal line that intersects at the center, as shown below:

How to Draw Cartoons?

Step 2: Draw the eyes

To create the eyes, draw an oval shape with the top tilted slightly to the side. Repeat on the other side. It is important to leave a gap between them that is approximately the same size as the eye. Since we are in the drafting stage, you can draw the other eye in the center for good measure.

How to Draw Cartoons?

Step 3: Drawing Eye Expressions

At the top of the circle, thicken our character’s eyelash features slightly. Place the eyebrows a little above the lashes to express surprise. Eyebrow shapes are free; you’ll adjust to your style with practice.

Draw both eyeballs towards the center. Big cartoonists always use this technique to make their figures look cuter, and it works really well.

Tip: To make our eyes more vivid and “real,” you can draw a small line underneath them to simulate wrinkles. It is another very interesting strategy to add a special touch to our facial expressions.
Like this:

How to Draw Cartoons?

Step 4: Adding the Chin

We have reached the most creative freedom in the entire course. Think of it this way: in cartoon-style design, the main structures of the face are the character’s skull and eyes.

At this stage, you define the identification with the external world, i.e., it is already clear to people that you are drawing a character.

Now we come to the chin, where we will decide whether we want a fat or thin character. They could be old, they could be young, and so on. My character will be young. So, let’s design a proper chin for him.

How to Draw Cartoons?

Step 6: Draw the mouth

Since our character is a child, we will make a cartoon mouth: something simple to express innocence.

Note that when drawing a child’s mouth, do not draw lips. In the cartoon style, children, regardless of gender, have fairly simple mouths. A good, expressive cartoon trace will already do the job.

How to Draw Cartoons?

Step 7: Draw the ears

Cartoon ears are easy to make. These can be seen in the front character side view (since our character is facing forward) so that the internal cavities don’t appear. We’ll then make a simple shape using some basic perspectives (more on that later).

Step 8: Drawing the hair

The circle we drew at the beginning already determines the shape of our skull, right? So, we only need a simple, kid-like haircut to bring our boy to life. Let’s begin right away. You now have the simple cartoon track.

The hair is difficult to draw, so you need to keep trying. You can also create your personalized hair. Don’t be afraid to be bold!

Step 8: Drawing the hair

Well, we’ve managed to fulfill our roles. Congratulations!

Are there any other types of cartoon characters you’d like to try? There are detailed tutorials below, too!

How to Draw Cartoons? – Older Version

All the materials are the same as above, so you can move on to the following methods:

Step 1: Face Shaping

Here are some cooler cartoon characters to draw. The older characters can be simple cartoon drawings. As usual, let’s start with the eyes. We’ll draw them faster this time, adding wrinkles, eyebrows, and pupils.

Note that we haven’t changed much; we’ve just slightly widened the eyebrows. Older men have thicker eyebrows that take up more space on the forehead. Eyelashes make no difference to men; they are always drawn similarly.

Step 1: Face Shaping

Step 2: Increase the chin

This time, we will increase the chin cartoon. Try something like this. Our character already has a different “look”! It is very good. We will continue to choose the ideal nose for him.

Step 2: Increase the chin

Step 3: Draw the nose

Let’s make the nose by following what we did before. Now, I’m going to make a nose that is very different from the last one.

Notice that the end of the nose is very close to the bottom of the eye. It is an effective technique when designing bigger and wider noses. The idea is always to exaggerate to get good results.

Step 3: Draw the nose

Step 4: Draw the beard!

I’ve now decided to use another technique: instead of drawing a mouth, we’ll draw a beard to create a better character for our character.

Over! Our old friend has an exaggerated beard.

Step 4: Draw the beard!

Step 5: Old friend’s hair

Remember how I said hair helps represent age and personality? Take a peek.

We just added some side hair to make the top of his head bald. It’s amazing how it creates a completely different look.

That’s the advantage of using stencils. That’s the beauty of caricature!

Step 5: Old friend's hair

Different Expressions

Different Expressions

Neutral: You start by giving your character a blank expression. Their face will look like when they are calm and not feeling anything.
It is the basis for the rest of the character’s expression.
Happiness: Draw a big smile with the end of the lips curved upwards and the eyes wide open. Maintaining an upward arch in the lower eye line and keeping the eyebrows up will give you a happy appearance.
Anger: Make a V-shape with your eyebrows, bringing them down to meet your nose. Then, use your eyebrows to flatten the tops of your eyes.

Sadness: Sometimes, simply adding a tear and turning your mouth into a frown is enough to show sadness. Moving your eyebrows to tilt up toward the middle of your forehead is another way to change their shape. It is the opposite of how they look when you are angry.

Surprise: Draw your eyes big and round with small pupils. Arch your eyebrows high and curve your mouth into a rounded shape. 

Take some time to learn some tips and basics to get better at drawing emotions on your character’s face.

Simple Cartooning Exercises

Now, we will put everything we have learned so far into practice. Here is a simple template for drawing a cartoon face, with only lines and arrows to show us the way. We can use it to practice drawing faces in different positions:

Simple Cartooning Exercises

Let’s label each circle with eyes in different directions ……

Simple Cartooning Exercises

Now let’s add some random chins with different sizes and shapes ……

Simple Cartooning Exercises


How about that? It’s pretty simple!

Here is a brief introduction to the basic method for you. You can read about great comic characters if you want to go deeper into drawing cartoons. There, you can find a style that you like, and that suits you.

Of course, learning to draw cartoons is an arduous process. Never give up! A step of good work is bound to give their time and effort.

You will succeed!


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By Tanya L Bressette

As a senior editor, I have extensive experience in comprehensive content creation. I am committed to digging into diverse topics, from in-depth analysis to light-hearted entertainment, and I always provide a high-quality reading experience. In this age of information explosion, I would like to be your reliable knowledge guide and partner in cultural exploration.

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