Easter Island Moai Statues

Easter Island Moai statue image

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) - located in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile in South America... is one of the most famous (yet least visited) places in the world. There, you can see the "Moai" - large human-like? statues carved carved from rock.

In this lesson, let's draw three of these statues, but with a cartoonish twist... taking on unique personalities, based on the imagination you put in to them!

Here we go!...


First Step - Mapping Out the Moai of Easter Island

To begin, go ahead and position the statues - three? two? one? on the page in front of you. The use of some lines, as I've illustrated below, can be very helpful in positioning each one.

Here's how it looks...

A grid for drawing Easter Island statues
Plotting out the Moai of Easter Island
Positing the heads of the Moai of Easter Island

As you can see - similar to other lessons on the site... I've used curved crosses to mark off the narrow elongated faces of the statues. The noses are usually quite big (on the ones I was looking at for a reference)... and so, I used the orange circles for emphasis.

All set then? Let's get to the drawing!

Second Step - Easter Island Statues... Cartoonified!

Beginning with the noses of each statue, gradually move out from the center, and onward to complete each one. Remember... it's a cartoon homage to the actual statues. Have some fun experimenting with different looks!

Starting...

Drawing the noses of the Moai of Easter Island
Drawing the eyes of the Moai of Easter Island
Drawing the mouths of the Moai of Easter Island
Drawing the heads of the Moai of Easter Island
Completing the heads of the Moai of Easter Island
Drawing the arms of the Moai of Easter Island
Drawing the bodies of the Moai of Easter Island
Black and white drawing of the Moai of Easter Island
Cartoon drawing of the Moai of Easter Island

And you're done!

If you compare these cartoonish versions with the real-life ones, surely you'll find some differences. But regardless of how different they are, each cartoonish version does maintain the relative form, size (big heads!) and color... enough factors to keep that "Moai" look we were going for.

Well, hope you had fun with the lesson - see you soon for another! :-)