How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog

How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog

For this lesson - how to draw Sonic - I realized that there are at least a couple distinct looks that Sonic the Hedgehog can take on. Above, you can see that I went with the 'old school' sonic look - the way he looked when Sonic first came out for the Sega Genesis back in the day. Yup - it's my favorite! :-)

Still though - there's no reason why you couldn't make a transition to the newer version of sonic while working through this lesson. With the newer version, his spikes are longer, and over all - his features appear to be more angular, give him a slightly 'edgier' look all around.

Which ever style you choose - it's time to begin this lesson. Let's draw Sonic the Hedgehog!!


First Step - How to Draw Sonic's Head

As you can see in image '1' below, Sonic can be broken down into a series of very simple lines and shapes. Having drawn him a few times - I can definitely say that getting the mouth and the eyes to both look and align properly, is the trickiest part. Here, the framework will most definitely help you out.

Normally, I'd say - start your drawing with the eyes. Here though is a special case. Unlike most characters, Sonic's eyes are connected such that getting the shape of the perimeter down is of utmost importance. But before you can do this, you've got to make sure the nose/mouth area look OK.

Here's how to draw Sonic, beginning with his head...

How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - a simple framework How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the nose How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the snout How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the mouth How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the lower head How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the eye whites How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the ears How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - complete the head with spikes

Perhaps the coolest part in the examples above, is the way each spike curves around with each line in the framework. I incorporated this as it gives you a nice visual ahead of time for how each portion of his head will fall into place.

And, now that his head's in place - let's go ahead and draw the rest of his body...

Second Step - How to Draw Sonic's Body

Working your way down from his head, continue your Sonic drawing with a simple oval for his tummy, as well as sketching in his right arm. One thing you'll notice - is that I've left out his back spike and his tail. But really, I didn't leave them out -- it's just that they're obscured by those parts of his body that are preventing us to see them. Surely, you can visualize where and how they would look if his arms were to take on a different position.

And so, here's how to draw Sonic's body...

How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - begin the lower body How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the arms How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the hands How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - draw the legs How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - begin the top of the shoes How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog - complete the drawing

A few steps later and you've got your Sonic the Hedgehog drawing!

So how does it look? Cute like the old school version - or did you go the other route, and give him more of an edge? Either way, at this point - it's time to wrap things up. Let's take a look at the finished version...

Final Step - Sonic the Hedgehog Complete!

How to draw Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon drawing image

Well, we're at the very end of the lesson now. As you can see to the left, minus the underlying lines - Sonic's looking as cute/tough as ever!

Next thing to do - take out the pencil crayons and add some color to your drawing.

Oh - there's one tiny detail that I added here - different from the last step. Right under his upper-right arm, you can see a small arc, completing his body. If you wanted to - you could actually leave this part out. If you did, it would just appear to be Sonic's back spike - the part that's not obstructed by his arm. Your choice.

And other than that - you're all done the lesson! Hope you enjoyed it, and see you again soon for another! That's how to draw Sonic the Hedgehog. :-)