How to draw Spongebob Squarepants

How to draw Spongebob Squarepants cartoon image

In this lesson, let's take a look at How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - an extremely popular (and very very funny!) Nikelodeon cartoon character. Quite often, he's seen at an off-center angle as such, can be a tad on the tricky side to draw. This is only because you've got to account for the three-dimensional aspect of the character.

To make this lesson just a little bit easier for everyone to draw, I thought it we be neat to try a 'straight-on' look. It'll be easier to draw over, and to change up his various facial expressions - or should I say thousands of facial expressions?!

OK. Let's draw Spongebob!!

First Step - Draw a Squared Framework for Spongebob

While Spongebob does take on a cube-like shape on the show, here we're drawing him looking straight-on, and as such - we don't need to account for depth with this look. Still though, Spongebob's shape isn't exactly a perfect square/rectangle. His top part (the sponge) actually tapers off nearing his shirt and pants. So then, yes the square guide will be helpful, but still - you'll need to deviate inside it as you go on to sketch his lower half.

Here's How to draw Spongebob's head - err -- sponge!...

How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - simple square framework How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the nose How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the eyes How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the face How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the tie How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the outside of the sponge How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - completing the sponge How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - completing the body

Something cool with this particular character, is the randomness involved in two parts - the curvy perimeter of the sponge, and the greenish 'sponge holes' that come near the very end. If you look at a picture of Spongebob, you'll see that there are relatively few greenish spots - but sometimes they can change in shape and number between images. With the curvy lines, I went a little bit 'freestyle' in the way I drew them. Looking at a picture though - you can get yours looking closer to 'bang-on'.

And - now that the core part of Spongebob's complete, it's on to the rest of him... his limbs and any remaining details.

Here's how to draw the rest of Spongebob...

Second Step - How to draw Spongebob's Limbs

In and around your box framework - if you so chose to go with one... sketching out the limbs, relatively equal and on either side of the centerline - is a snap. The only real tricky part in my opinion, would be the hands. Practice off to the side a few times until you get something you like.

The rest of the lesson looks like this...

How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the limbs How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the arms and legs How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - drawing the hands How to draw Spongebob Squarepants - completing the drawing

One of the neat things about drawing Spongebob like this - straight on, and with a fairly generic, content expression, is that it's easy to make some subtle changes next time through - having already drawn him in a fairly basic way. An example of this would be when you draw his mouth so that it's open. His cheeks would 'raise up' when he has a big smile, and you'd want to draw two arcs at either end of his mouth - each one slightly overlapping his lower outer eye.

And now - let's take a look at what Spongebob looks like completed...

Final Step - That's How to draw Spongebob

How to draw Spongebob Squarepants cartoon drawing image

Well - that's pretty much all there is to this lesson. As for the details, you can save them for when you go to color him, using greenish circles for the sponge holes.

Or if you like - and you don't wish to color him... you could draw the circles in place with lines of a slightly less pressure than the others in the drawing.

Something else you might try - see if you can tilt him on an angle, and draw him so that he's three-dimensional. If you take a look at the Spongebob contributions in the Visitors' Gallery - Marie Christian and Georgina Hynes both did an excellent job in their depictions of Spongebob.

Well, that said - get out your pencil crayons and bring your character to life! Hope you enjoyed the lesson - see you again soon for another! :-)