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How to Draw an Elf

Hey guys! My name is Sean, and I’m an artist/instructor with Da Vinci Eye. Because it’s the holiday season, we are going to learn how to draw an elf!

I’ll be drawing this on my tablet for you to easily see, but feel free to use a pencil and paper. You can also follow along with the tutorial step-by-step using Da Vinci Eye for iOS and Android. The app lets you trace along with my drawing to help become more comfortable and understand exactly what I do.


Let’s start this drawing out with three circles to help us shape up the body.

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I’m using simple shapes of ovals and rectangles to block out the body, torso, the arms and the legs.

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As you know elves have pointy ears and pointy shoes. So I’m going to start with the bottom and put in two curled shoes.

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Next, we can draw out the clothes. I added some triangle ends and buttons to a shirt for detail.

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With a round of face, we can put in those 2 pointed ears we talked about earlier.

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The face doesn’t need to be super specific, a happy smile, and two elbows for eyes can totally work.

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To finish out the body, we can put in the arms and some mitten hands for those cold winter nights.

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Last is the big warm hat…

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This is also a great time to add in some shading and clean up those initial sketch lines you put in.

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And as always… Remember to sign your art because you did a great job!

If you want to find more of my art, follow me on Instagram at
@Phoenix.Animations. Be sure to check out the Da Vinci Eye app, as well as subscribe here for more tutorials.

You can also check out our video on how to draw an elf right here:

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