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How to Draw Zeus

This really simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to draw Zeus, the main god of the ancient Greek pantheon.

How to draw Zeus
How to draw Zeus Step by step

Using this step-by-step instruction, a young artist can learn not only how to draw Zeus, but also learn how to create images of ancient Greek gods.

With the help of the steps below, you can draw Poseidon, Hades, or other ancient Greek gods. To do this, you just need to add the necessary attributes to the character (for example, a trident or a spear).

So, collect all the necessary art tools in front of you, scroll down the page, and start drawing.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 35 minutes

How to Draw Zeus

  1. Draw the head of Zeus.

    This part of the body, as in the case of other people, should be outlined in the form of a simple circle. This shape should be symmetrical and proportionally balanced, as it sets the foundation for the facial features and expression.
    Drawing the head of Zeus

  2. Outline the hair.

    Draw Zeus’s hair, starting from the top of the head. Sketch flowing, wavy lines that cascade down around the sides of the head, giving Zeus a majestic and regal appearance. The hair should look voluminous and slightly wild, indicative of his powerful and dynamic nature as the king of the gods.
    outlining the hair

  3. Illustrate the torso of Zeus.

    In my drawing, the thunder god Zeus is dressed in a tunic that covers almost the entire torso and upper legs. Start by drawing the top half of the tunic which looks like a rectangle with slightly rounded corners. Next, draw the bottom half of the tunic as a curved rectangle.
    Illustrating the torso of Zeus

  4. Add the laurel wreath and ears.

    Place a laurel wreath atop Zeus’s head, drawing it as a series of small, overlapping leaf shapes that circle around the forehead. This wreath symbolizes victory and sovereignty. Also, sketch the ears sticking out slightly from beneath the hair, aligning them with the middle of the head to maintain facial proportion.
    Adding the laurel wreath and ears

  5. Add the beard of Zeus.

    Draw a thick, curly beard to frame the lower half of Zeus’s face, enhancing his dignified and mature appearance. The beard should start from just below the ears and cover the chin, merging gracefully with the hair. This emphasizes his traditional portrayal in classical mythology.
    drawing the beard of Zeus

  6. Add the facial details.

    Carefully add the eyes and mouth within the confines of the face. Zeus’s eyes should be piercing, with defined eyebrows to convey his omnipotent gaze. You can sketch the straight nose and. You can draw the face as minimalistic as in my drawing or add more details.
    Detailing the face

  7. Draw the limbs of Zeus.

    His arms should be robust, with one typically raised in a gesture of command or casting thunderbolts, and the other at his side. Draw the legs sturdy and apart, suggesting a stable stance. This step is vital in portraying the dynamic and powerful essence of Zeus.
    Adding the arms and legs

  8. Erase the guidelines.

    Carefully erase any initial guidelines that were used to shape the drawing. Clean up the outlines of Zeus, making sure that all parts of the drawing are clear and well-defined. This step is important for preparing the Zeus drawing for final detailing and coloring.
    Finished Zeus drawing

  9. Color Zeus.

    Finalize your drawing by adding colors. Zeus’s skin can be a natural tone. Color the laurel wreath green to stand out against his hair, typically depicted in a darker shade like brown or black or white. Adding subtle shadows can enhance the volume and depth of the figure, bringing Zeus to life in your artwork.
    how to draw zeus for kids

Thus concludes our drawing tutorial on Zeus. As per our usual practice, I recommend downloading the PDF version of this tutorial, which includes supplementary materials. Within this PDF, you’ll find the complete tutorial, along with a coloring page, a tracing worksheet, and a grid drawing worksheet to further enhance your drawing skills.

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