How to Draw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer cartoon image

Well, here we are again - this time drawing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...

And just in time for Christmas!

Seriously though, the stop-motion animated movie - the one that comes on *every single* Christmas season...

Is that not the coolest show ever?

Such a memorable story, and characters. Especially the Abominable Snowman...

Have to say - he's my favorite. What's yours?

Let's draw! :-)


How to Draw a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Starting out - go ahead and sketch a framework of simple shapes - something to help solidify a structure for your reindeer, before you actually draw him.

Always keep in mind. I only include this step - as it *is helpful* to some people - especially those who have a hard time with proportion, or drawing from memory.

Whether you sketch these shapes out to look solid and rigid, as I do using a computer program, OR whether you keep your lines super free-flowing and messy *and light* - much as I would recommend if you're drawing on paper...

Do it if you find it helpful!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer cartoon framework

So let's start with the eye then - and after that, a nice simple circle for Rudolph's soon-to-be, bright red glowing nose.

Here's how it looks...

Draw the eye and nose of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

And keep going now, drawing in some of the other features of the head.

Really, it's sequence that I'm aiming for - with respect to drawing Rudolph in a series of simple steps.

But even MORE REALLY...

It's all about getting a feel for the drawing. Use these steps as a guide. Use free flowing strokes, make mistakes... sketch it all in as you go.

Here's how he looks, now...

Continue with the head of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Nice, looking good!

OK - keep right on going with Rudolph's head.

And then also...

Start up with some curving lines, gradually bringing his body into view. Like this...

Keep going with the head and body of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This next line, really brings it all together.

A swooping curve - lining the neck and lower perimeter, of our reindeer's body...

Draw the underside of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Down to Rudolph's feet now - and over to his tail, too!

Looking very nice...

Draw the tail and legs of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

So now we're just about to wrap things up.

Here are some more lines to draw - ones that distinguish Rudolph's various white markings...

Add the finishing details to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

And then WOW...

Here's our cartoon character - black and white lines only, ready for some coloring...

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer cartoon picture

And speaking of color!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer cartoon drawing image

Ta da!

What a neat-looking cartoon drawing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer... quite the likeness to the one on the stop-motion TV show, also.

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So, did you enjoy the lesson?

Isn't drawing fun!!!

See you next time. :-)

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Hope you enjoyed it! See you real soon, for another lesson. :-)