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How to Draw a Cartoon Boy

This step-by-step guide teaches you how to draw a cartoon boy and highlights the key distinguishing features of cartoon characters.

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How to Draw a Cartoon Boy: Basic Information

Welcome to this easy-to-follow tutorial on how to draw a cartoon kid step by step. This guide will help you create a delightful illustration of a funny little boy with exaggerated, unrealistic features.

When drawing, it’s really important to pay close attention to body proportions. The cartoon boy depicted here has a notably large head, a small body, and short limbs. These proportions are essential for achieving the comical and appealing look characteristic of cartoon figures. As you follow the instructions, try to maintain these proportions in your drawing.

Cartoon characters often have simplified anatomy compared to realistic drawings. The boy’s body in this tutorial is broken down into basic shapes, making it easier to draw and understand. This simplification helps you focus on the basics of the character, improving your ability to sketch the core elements of a figure without getting bogged down by complex details.

Cartoon drawings often include stylized details that set the character apart. This tutorial includes distinctive features like the boy’s spiky hair and simplified clothing folds. Learning to add such stylized elements can boost your ability to create unique and recognizable characters.

Cartoon Boy Drawing Tutorial


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Draw a Cartoon Boy

  1. Draw the head and torso.

    Draw an oval for the head positioned at the top center of your paper. Below the head, draw a rectangular shape to represent the body. The rectangle should be slightly narrower than the head to keep the proportions cartoonish. These basic shapes serve as the foundation for your cartoon boy drawing.drawing the head and body of the cartoon boy

  2. Add the facial features.

    Inside the oval, draw two small circles for the eyes. Inside each circle, add a dot for the pupils. Above the eyes, sketch curved lines for the eyebrows. Below the eyes, draw a small curved line for the nose. Complete this step by drawing a simple, curved line for the mouth./Drawing the facial features of the cartoon boy

  3. Draw the hair.

    Start from the top of the head and sketch the hairline using smooth, curved lines. Create a neat hairstyle that frames the face, adding some lines to indicate individual strands for more detail. Make sure the hair covers part of the forehead and extends slightly beyond the sides of the head.drawing the hair

  4. Draw the ears and sleeves.

    Draw two small semicircles on each side of the head for the ears, aligning them with the eyes. Next, draw the sleeves by extending lines from the sides of the body rectangle, angling slightly outward. These lines should stop just below the shoulders to create the appearance of short sleeves.Drawing the ears and sleeves

  5. Draw the legs.

    From the bottom corners of the body rectangle, draw two straight lines downward to form the legs. At the end of these lines, add short geometric shapes for the feet. Unlike a realistic figure, a cartoon boy’s legs should be exaggeratedly simple and understated.drawing the legs

  6. Draw the arms.

    Complete the upper body of the cartoon boy by adding the arms. From the ends of the sleeves, draw two straight lines downward to form the arms, stopping at about the same level as the bottom of the body rectangle. Add small oval shapes at the ends of these lines to represent the hands.Adding the arms

  7. Add the feet.

    At the bottom of the legs, draw two small oval shapes to represent the feet. You can add a slight curve to the bottom of each foot to indicate the soles of the shoes. In addition, you can add details such as laces on shoes or pockets on pants.9Adding the feet

  8. Erase the guidelines and review the sketch.

    Refine your drawing by erasing the guidelines. Carefully remove any unnecessary lines that were used to shape the head, body, and limbs of the cartoon boy. This will clean up your drawing and make it look more polished. This step prepares your drawing for coloring.Erasing the guidelines

  9. Color the cartoon boy.

    Use colored pencils, markers, or crayons to fill in the various parts of the drawing. Choose colors that complement each other. Color the hair, skin, clothes, and shoes, ensuring you stay within the lines. Adding color will make your artwork look really cartoonish.Coloring the cartoon boy

Additional Content

Now you have learned how to draw a cartoon boy. Show the drawing to your friends and invite them to complete this lesson together. It will be an interesting and useful pastime. Especially for your convenience, I have previously created a PDF file that contains a short version of the lesson. Download the file and draw at any convenient time.

How to Draw a Cartoon Kid

This is an additional tutorial to complement the first one on how to draw a cartoon boy. While the first tutorial focuses on a slightly older cartoon boy, this one demonstrates how to draw a cartoon kid, with subtle differences in proportions and features that give a younger appearance.

In this tutorial, the head is larger in proportion to the body, illustrating the kid’s youthful look. The steps involve different shapes for the head and body, as well as a varied sequence of adding details like the ears and hair.

Start by drawing a larger oval for the head and a smaller oval for the body beneath it. Add facial features with larger eyes, a simple nose, and a wide smile to show the kid’s friendly expression. Draw small ears on either side of the head.

Sketch the hair with short spikes and curves. For the body, add simple lines for the legs and arms, making them slightly shorter to fit the kid’s proportions. Finally, refine the details and color the drawing to complete the cartoon kid.

how to draw a cartoon kid step by step


In this tutorial, you have learned how to draw a cartoon boy. You discovered the importance of cartoon proportion, using a larger head and a smaller body to illustrate the character’s youthful appearance.

Additionally, you mastered adding cartoon facial features, such as big eyes and a wide smile, to show the friendliness of a cartoon kid. You also learned techniques for drawing simple yet memorable cartoon details.

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