How to Draw Cartoon Characters

When it comes to drawing, learning how to draw cartoon characters - those we know from the many popular comics, TV shows and movies...

Iis a very enjoyable way to go about it.

We all have our favorites, and for sure - we've all thought at one point or another...

"Woudn't it be cool if I could draw that character?!"

Snoopy, Hello Kitty...

Spongebob!

There all sorts of different famous cartoon characters to draw.

...

In this area of the site, I'd like to show you how to draw some of my favorite characters - and more importantly...

Some of yours!

There's been lots of feedback as to who wants to draw what, so I've got a pretty good idea of what kinds of drawing lessons should be up in this section.

How to draw Cartoon Characters

Regarding the style of which the lessons are presented, I think it would be best to still to a very close likeness to the actual characters.

In other sections -- Cartoon Heroes & Star Wars, going for a simplified likeness is fun as many of the characters are so popular - so iconic, that so long as you maintain certain attributes...

They look like the characters you're trying to draw.

Here though, many of the famous characters I'll be making lessons around are already simple enough in nature that it only makes sense to draw close to how they would normally look.

Keeping to a framework-first approach to help you out (if maintaining proportion early on is something you find to be helpful), we'll do the same here with these lessons, building up from there.

Alright then, I'd say now's a pretty good time to get started.

Choose one of the lessons from the list below, and be on your way to learning how to draw cartoon characters!


Beginner   |    Intermediate   |    Advanced


Beginner

  • How to Draw pingu

    pingu is a cute little wizard from Heman - that sort of resembles a 'Jawa' from Star Wars.

  • Angry Birds

    Learn how to draw two characters from the popular hand-held game Angry Birds... "The Red Bird" and "Minion Piggy".

  • Plants vs. Zombies

    Ever played Plants vs. Zombies? Well, if you have - surely you'll recognize this cute first line of defense!

  • Classic Pacman

    Learn how to draw 2D and 3D versions of the old school 'Classic Pacman' video game character.

  • How to Draw Kermit the Frog

    In this lesson, learn to draw Kermit the Frog - from the Muppets, one of the most famous characters ever!

  • How to Draw Gumby

    In this lesson, learn to draw Gumby - from the Muppets, one of the most famous characters ever!

  • Inukshuk Creature Drawing

    It's a cartoon inukshuk - based on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games logo. Get creative here!

  • Draw Jack Skellington

    Here in this lesson, learn how to draw Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

  • Oscar the Grouch

    Grouchy on everyday but his birthday... learn how to draw this garbage dwelling character! :)

  • Cookie Monster

    If you like the following things: A) Cookies, B) Monsters... then this drawing lesson is for you!

  • How to Draw Elmo

    Ready for a good tickle - learn to draw Elmo - one of the most memorable Sesame Street characters ever!

  • How to Draw Pikachu

    Do you love Pokemon? Is drawing your thing? Learn how to draw Pikachu!

  • How to Draw Megaman

    In this lesson, try your hand at drawing Megaman - another popular Nintendo character.

  • How to Draw Link

    Learn how to draw a simple cartoon Link - much easier to draw than the one you'll find below!

  • How to Draw a Goomba

    Learn how to draw a simple Mario Cartoon Character - that often gets squashed... a Goomba!

  • How to Draw a Squidward

    In this characterish cartoon drawing lesson, learn how to draw Squidward from Spongebob!

  • Glo Worm Drawing Lesson

    Remember "Glo Worm" - a cute looking toy from the 80s, that would light up when you squeezed him? Draw a likeness to the character, here.

  • How to Draw Orco

    Orco is a cute little wizard from Heman - that sort of resembles a 'Jawa' from Star Wars.

  • Draw a Smurf

    Draw a simple smurf picture, a character from the hit cartoon series "The Smurfs".

  • How to Draw Bugs Bunny

    Learn how to draw the most popular cartoon rabbit on the planet -- Bugs Bunny!

  • How to Draw Stewie

    Learn how to draw Stewie Griffin from Seth MacFarlane's hit TV show - Family Guy!

  • How to Draw Spongebob

    Do you absolutely love Spongebob Squarepants? Perfect! Check out this lesson and learn to draw him!

  • How to Draw Hello Kitty

    Hello Kitty, one of the cutest cartoon characters ever, is fairly simple to draw. Learn how here!

  • How to Draw Snoopy

    Snoopy, one of the cutest cartoon characters ever, is fairly simple to draw. Learn how here!

Intermediate

  • How to Draw Scooby Doo

    Here in this drawing tutorial, learn how to create a simple sitting version of Scooby Doo.

  • How to Draw a Fire Fox Logo

    The Firefox web browser, has a pretty cool-looking logo. Here in this lesson, let's draw a cute-looking cartoon "fire fox".

  • How to Draw a James P. Sullivan Logo

    The Firefox web browser, has a pretty cool-looking logo. Here in this lesson, let's draw a cute-looking cartoon "James P. Sullivan".

  • How to Draw a Ninja Turtle

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is such a great show! Here, learn how to draw your favorite character of the four.

  • How to Draw Devastator

    Draw the most super-charged robot ever - DEVASTATOR - from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

  • Avatar Drawing Lesson

    A simple cartoon drawing of 'Neytiri' of the Na'Vi - who Jake falls in love with, in the movie - Avatar.

  • How to Draw ET

    Here's how to draw ET - a very famous movie alien, holding a box of Reece's Pieces.

  • How to Draw Bowser

    Learn how to draw the ultimate? Nintendo antagonist... the one... the only... BOWSER!!

  • How to Draw Link

    The greatest video game hero of all time? Perhaps! Learn how to draw Link from Nintendo's Zelda series.

  • How to Draw Mickey Mouse

    M-I-C, K-E-Y... let's learn how to draw Mickey Mouse - perhaps the most famous character ever!

  • How to Draw Peter Griffin

    BIG Family Guy fan? Great! Here, take a moment to learn how to draw Peter Griffin!

  • How to Draw Homer

    Doh!... It's everyone's favorite cartoon Dad - learn how to draw Homer Simpson.

  • How to Draw Skeletor

    Learn how to draw Skeletor - the main antagonist in "Heman and the Masters of the Universe".

  • Count Von Count

    Von, two, three... in this drawing lesson - let's draw Sesame Street's 'Count Von Count'!

  • How to Draw Grover

    It's a bird! Nope. It's a plane! Nope. It's... Super Grover!!! Yup - and learn how to draw him here!

  • How to Draw Big Bird

    Learn how to draw a big... yellow... bird. Big Bird! One of the most beloved characters from the show! :)

  • Ghostbusters Logo

    This is one of my favorite logos of all time. Here, create a variation of it.

  • Draw a Mozilla Firefox

    In this drawing lesson, learn how to draw a unique take of the classic Firefox logo.

  • How to Draw Bart

    In this character drawing lesson, learn how to draw Bart Simpson from yes - The Simpsons!

  • How to Draw Sonic

    Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the coolest gaming characters of all time. Here's a simple way to draw him.

  • How to Draw Mario

    Seriously, who doesn't love Mario!? Exactly. Everyone loves him! And now -- let's draw him! :)