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How to Draw Mike Wazowski From Monsters, Inc.


In anticipation of Disney and Pixar's upcoming animated film "Monsters University," I thought it would be fun to draw one of the movie's lead monsters, Mike Wazowski! Mike is Sully's short, one-eyed best friend who boasts a big personality. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun drawing him!

The fun doesn't have to end with your drawing. Be sure to visit the link to the right for additional monster fun. Fans will especially get a kick out of it!

Step 1

Begin the drawing with a large circle for Mike's body. As you draw this, keep in mind the space needed for the placement of his eye and mouth.


Step 2

I usually save features for last, but since Mike's eye is such a major part his overall look, we'll draw it now. However, we'll save the pupil and the other more detailed facets of the eye for later.

On the inside of the circle starting near the top, draw the eye. Leave only a very small amount of space between the top of the eye and the body as you see pictured in the example.


Step 3

Begin drawing the arms now, starting with the base of the arms. Draw one long oval on each side of the body. Draw them close to the midpoint of the body. Be careful not to place them too high up on the body or too low on the body. Placing them too high will make it look like Mike has ears. Place them too low and you will give him an unusual extra pair of legs!


Step 4

Now for for Mike's Forearms. On the base of each arm (there will be a bit of an overlap), draw another long oval for the forearm. Leave the ends of the forearms flat where the wrist meets the hand.

Leave the ends of the forearms flat as indicated by the arrows in the example.


Step 5

Okay, now you'll add the hands. You'll draw the left hand (the one balled up) first.

This hand is simple. All you need to do is draw a circle on the flat portion of the left forearm. Since the fist is clenched the fingers will not be visible. However, you can indicate the knuckles by drawing two small bumps. You can do this now or later on when we tackle adding in the fine details. If do wish to add them now, Simply reference the finished drawing at the beginning of this guide.


Unlike hand one, hand two isn't balled into a fist. Instead, it's up and open in a friendly wave that clearly displays the fingers. This is the very reason why I chose to divide this step into sub steps.

Just as with hand one, you're going to draw a shape that connects hand two to the flat tip of the right forearm. However, only draw a half circle shape since the rest of the hand is open. Now, on top of the half circle draw four oval/rectangle like shapes for the fingers. Draw them according to what you see in the example on the right.

Step 6

Now you'll add on the legs. Right underneath Mike's body, draw two long rectangles for the legs. Draw them just about an inch apart. Also, as you draw the legs keep them thick at the top and have them thin at as you reach the bottom where the ankles are.

Arrows identify the legs you should draw.


Step 7

Now attach the feet to the bottom of the legs. Draw the shapes seen in the example picture.


Step 8

Part of what makes a monster truly monstrous are their claws. Draw three small (but not too small) triangles inside each foot. Let the points of the claws overlap the bottom line of each foot just a bit. I added an extra line inside each foot to give you a better idea of where the claws go.


Step 9

On top of the head, draw the rounded triangles that will the horns. There should be one horn drawn to the left of the eye and another horn just to the right of the eye.


Step 10

We'll get into the features now, starting with the eye. Above and below the eye, draw a curved line. These lines indicate the eyelids. The line above the eye should rise extend just outside the top of the body.

Inside the eye itself draw the actually upper eyelid. The the sides of the eyelid will just about touch the left and right sides of the eye.


Step 11

Draw Mike's pupil. Simply draw another smaller circle inside the eye. You can place the pupil inside of the eye anywhere you wish.


Step 12

Give Mike a nice big smile.


Step 13

Draw the lines on the feet for the toes.


Step 14

Complete your drawing by cleaning up the lines and sketching in any other necessary details.


Thanks for viewing and using this guide. As all ways, you can ask me any questions you may have: in regards to this guide, drawing techniques, or anything at all that is drawing related.


Maddox Deemer on December 03, 2019:

Monsters inc is my fav

Epic on April 11, 2019:

Boo is my fav

NickMyller on April 01, 2016:

Great Idea! I loved the movies and always wanted to draw some of their monsters, but Mike's anatomy were pretty hard for me to draw in cool positions.

Now I'm a little bit more comfortable with trying it, thanks^^

Besides, I heard from a few friends that listening to music would help you to focus on your drawing and relax, is that true? And what kind of music should I listen to?

I can just think about something like this:


Is this okay or doesn't it matter at all?

Kristina Pitts from Greenville, SC, USA on September 07, 2014:

Wow! You draw better than me and I'm planning on doing some drawing hubs. Did one already.

Sulley on June 27, 2013:

Hey guys you should draw sulley he is the best

Krystal Dallis (author) on May 29, 2013:

Thank you!

Kelly Pittman from South Louisiana on May 29, 2013:

Great Idea for a Hub! So cute. Good Job