Do you have a favorite cartoon baby from the comic strips or TV? Follow our simple steps on how to draw a cartoon baby of your own.
In this section, we'll show you how to draw a cartoon baby in just five simple steps. You can draw it freehand while looking at your computer monitor or print out each page to get a closer look at each step.
On each page, we'll show you an illustration of each step and then give you a description of how to draw it. Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray.
Ready to get started? Sharpen your pencil, and let's sketch out the basic shapes on the next page.
1. Shape the Head and Body
Begin with a circle for the head. Overlap it with an oval for the cheeks and chin. Underneath the oval, draw a slightly overlapping egg-shaped body.
2. Add the Arms, Legs and Face
Show the eyes as partial ovals. Connect part of a small oval to a tiny U-shape for the nose. Shape the mouth with a wavy line and a broad U-shape. Sketch the arms using curved lines. For the hand on your left, use a U-shape and a rounded V-shape. Use an oval for the hand on your right. Show the feet with large, very rounded triangles. Attach them to the body with short curved lines.
3. Define the Face, Body and Feet
Draw U-shaped ears. Detail the eyes with tiny circles and U-shapes. Place a curved line under each eye. Add short curved lines to the ends of the mouth. Define the chin and cheeks with longer curved lines. For the fingers, use long U-shapes and curved lines. Outline the body so the middle bulges out. Form the diaper using curved lines. Use U-shapes and curves to show the toes. Redraw the feet so they curve in slightly.
4. Draw the Diaper and Rattle
Add hair with curves. Put a curlicue in each ear. Form comma-shaped eyebrows and short eyelashes. Attach two lines for the tongue. Shape the cheeks, collarbones and a teardrop-shaped belly button.
In the diaper, draw two lines. Add a line on each side of the waist. Shape the feet. Use a small oval, large oval, straight line, and curved lines for the rattle. Crisscross lines to show movement.
5. Finish with Shading
Darken all of each pupil except for the tiny circle drawn previously. Also darken the inside of the mouth and the belly button. Make the eyelashes thicker.
Use diagonal lines to partially darken the stripe on the rattle. Shade the rattle with many short lines.
Your cartoon baby looks great. Now let's move on to every baby's favorite friend -- Fido! Continue to the next article to learn how to draw a cartoon dog.
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