How to Draw Mario from Nintendo

How to draw Mario cartoon image

Let's learn how to draw Mario, one of the most popular cartoon characters ever - famous from the smash hit Super Mario Brothers video game series. And to make the lesson all the more 'Marioish' - I made it so that you can add one of the power-up items that appear throughout the games. In the example above, it's the '1-Up Mushroom'... good for one extra life!

At the very end of the lesson, I included another look for Mario - scroll down now to check it out -- or wait til you're done the drawing... it'll be a nice surprise.

Right then... here's how to draw Mario!


First Step - How to Draw Mario - a Framework

One of the tricky things about drawing Mario - is his hat. Actually, it's usually quite simple, but because of the position I chose to draw him in, it can be tricky getting the brim looking the right way. To help you mark off the positioning of his hat, I included sort of a 'mohawk' in the framework, extending above his head so you can keep things in line as you progress.

Here's how to draw a simple Mario guideline...

How to draw Mario - a simple framework How to draw Mario - completing the framework

As with many cartoon characters, Mario is fairly simple to draw. But, due to the stance I've got him in here - and because there are a few 'extras' involved (the hat, the power-up) I thought this would make a nice Intermediate-level lesson.

The green circle by the way, helps to position the power-up item that you'll draw at the very end of the lesson.

And now, let's draw Mario!

Second Step - How to Draw Mario's Head

Looking at the framework, a great place to begin your drawing, is right at the center of the cross. And yes - just like in other lessons here, the cross helps to mark off the left/right & upper/lower parts of his head.

Here's how to draw Marios head...

How to draw Mario - drawing the nose How to draw Mario - drawing the eyes and mustache How to draw Mario - drawing the face How to draw Mario - drawing the head How to draw Mario - starting the hat How to draw Mario - finishing the hat

Something you should keep in mind here - there's more than just one look that Mario takes on. And I'm not just referring to outfits. Depending on the video game/cartoon series/toy we're talking about, Mario (similar to Sonic actually) has taken on a number of different looks over the years. Sometimes you'll see him with different shaped - slightly more manga-style eyes. Other times, it's just black ovals, and no white or inner portion.

My point? Pick a Mario style that you like best, and see if you can incorporate that particular style into this lesson. The changes are really only miniscule, so it's a very doable task.

OK - let's move on to drawing his body...

Third Step - How to Draw Mario's Body

Well, now that the head's in place - it's time to draw in his body. This can be accomplished in a relatively simple manner, working our way from top to bottom, beginning with his overall straps.

Like so ...

How to draw Mario - drawing the buttons How to draw Mario - drawing the straps How to draw Mario - drawing the arm How to draw Mario - starting the glove How to draw Mario - drawing the body How to draw Mario - moving down to the legs How to draw Mario - drawing the pants How to draw Mario - drawing the shoes How to draw Mario - completing the shoes How to draw Mario - drawing the soles of his shoes How to draw Mario - drawing the left arm How to draw Mario - drawing the thumb How to draw Mario - drawing the hand How to draw Mario cartoon picture

And... so many steps later, you've got your finished Mario drawing, minus your lightly-sketched underlying framework, and plus one power-up mushroom! As you can very well see, the mushroom is super-simple to draw. It's just a circle with a slight extension at the bottom, making room for its eyes.

And, when all is said and draw, you're going to want to color your final drawing. And if you like - you might want to consider a totally different look (power-up included) altogether!...

Final Step - That's How to Draw Mario!

How to draw Mario fire flower image

As I mentioned up top - Mario takes on a number of different looks. Here, I decided to go with fireball Mario... as we all know - grabbing the Fire Flower power-up is what causes the transition.

A bit more complex in comparison to the 1-Up Mushroom from above, you'll need to change his left hand slightly, so that he's holding the flower at its base.

Actually though, the flowers seen in the game don't have a stem this long - they have a more 'tulip-look' appearance where the leaves originate from the very base. Still, I figured why not make it a bit longer for the occasion!?

Well fellow Super Mario Brothers fan... that pretty much wraps up our lesson. And for sure - now that you know how to draw Mario, why not give Luigi a shot? They look very similar, see if you can account for the various differences as your make your way through a second time.