How to Draw a Snowman Step by Step

This tutorial shows an easy six step approach to drawing a snowman. It includes detailed illustrations and quick explanations for each step.

Snowman drawing step by step
Snowman drawing step by step

This snowman will be drawn from a 3/4 view (slightly turned to one side).

Start the drawing using a pencil and make light lines that you can easily erase. You will need to do so in between some of the steps.

You may also want to have some markers/colored pencils handy if you wish to color your drawing afterwards.

Step 1 – Draw the Body of the Snowman

Snowman body drawing
Snowman body drawing

Begin by drawing the snowman’s body. You can do this as a tack of three circle/oval like shapes. As you can see in the example these don’t need to be perfectly symmetrical. The snowman will actually look  better and more natural if they aren’t.

Step 2 – Draw the Arms

Snowman arms drawing
Snowman arms drawing

Onto the middle portion of the body draw the arms. In this case these will be a pair of branches with splits on their ends. As the snowman is slightly turned to one side make the base of the the arm on the right side of the drawing hidden.

Step 3 – Draw the Face

Snowman face drawing
Snowman face drawing

Draw the eyes with just a pair of circles with lightly curved eyebrow above them (these can be small sticks).

Draw the nose as a carrot pointing to one side and draw the mouth as one simple curve (smiling).

With this you should have a basic snowman that you can now “dress up”.

Step 4 – Draw the Hat

Snowman hat drawing
Snowman hat drawing

Slightly covering the top of the head draw the hat. Make it’s brim/bottom curved slightly upwards and draw it’s top as a cylinder that is slightly narrower towards the bottom.

Erase the part of the head that’s hidden by the hat once done.

Step 5 – Draw the Scarf

Snowman line drawing
Snowman line drawing

To make the snowman look even more interesting you can also give him a scarf. First draw the part that wraps around between the head and the body as shown in the example. Afterwards add the two ends hanging out from underneath it with one tucked under the other.

Once you finish the scarf go over your drawing with a black pen, marker or darker pencil lines.

Step 6 – Color the Snowman

Snowman drawing
Snowman drawing

An easy way to color the snowman is with markers and/or pencils.

Make the hat grey, the band around it and the scarf red, the nose orange and the arms/eyebrows brown.

Make the eyes black but leave tiny white highlights inside of them.

To make the snowman look like it’s actually sitting on top of something you can add grey shadow underneath it. To make it look soft the shadow does not need an outline.

You can leave the body of the snowman white but if you wish to make it a little more interesting use a colored pencil to blend a soft blue around the edges of each part.

Conclusion

Drawing a snowman is somewhat similar to building one. First construct the body, then add the details and finally dress it up. Not only is this fairly intuitive it’s also a fairly good overall approach to drawing.

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