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How to Draw Winnie the Pooh

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MKayo is an artist who specializes in providing simple, easy-to-follow drawing tutorials for beginners.

Pooh drawing easy

Pooh drawing easy

Winnie the Pooh Drawing

As I have said in many drawing tutorials, I believe that everyone has an innate ability to draw. Now, that doesn't mean all folks have the same level of ability. For some folks, it takes a little more time and practice to sharpen this innate drawing ability.

Although drawing Winnie the Pooh may seem like a very difficult feat, it is really just a matter of breaking the complex drawing into very simple shapes.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 1: Draw Your Basic Shapes

As with any complex drawing, it must be broken down into simple shapes.

  • Start by drawing two circular, oval shapes.
  • Note that the shape on top is noticeably smaller than the shape on the bottom.
  • Just think of it as drawing a small egg and a slightly larger egg.
Step 2

Step 2

Step 2: Draw the Head Shape

Winnie has a slightly irregularly shaped head. The illustrator has given him heavy jowls or cheeks. This gives the appearance of a child's round, cherub-like face. Get this right, and the rest is easy!

This is actually the most challenging part of your drawing. I've made a few arrows around the head shape so you can see where the lines buldge outside the egg shape.

Step 3

Step 3

Step 3: Draw Arms and Legs

For this next step, you're going to draw the arms and legs.

Think of those long, skinny balloons that clowns use to make balloon animals.

  • Note where the top of the arms starts and where his paw ends at the bottom in relation to the body shape.
  • Study the shape of the arm carefully (shown right) and copy that for your drawing.
Step 4

Step 4

Step 4: Finish the Legs and Arms

If you look carefully at the shapes of Winnie's arms and legs, you see they're very long, rounded shapes. If you step back and look at my drawing, you can see that Winnie is just a set of simple, round shapes—that's all he is.

  • Rather, think about drawing a simple, long, roundish shape.
Step 5

Step 5

Step 5: Draw Winnie's Shirt

If you haven't noticed before, Winnie's shirt is just a bit too small. The illustrator did this to lend a sense of child-like familiarity.

  • Draw a series of curving lines. The trick is getting them all in just the right place.
  • Study my drawing to the right and draw what you see there.
Step 6

Step 6

Step 6: Complete the Head and Face

This is where your drawing will really come to life!

  • Add the ear shapes. Notice they are sort of shaped like a single butterfly wing.
  • The eyes are just solid oval shapes, the nose a rounded triangle.
  • The mouth is a simple semi-circle with a short line capping off each end.
  • Make sure you carefully place each part in the right location; otherwise, your Winnie may look a bit unfamiliar.
He's cute!

He's cute!

Final Touches!

Time for the finishing touches on your drawing!

  • Fill in the shirt with a gray shade.
  • Hold your pencil at an angle and rub the side edge of the pencil lead against the paper.
  • Finish up by adding color to Winnie's shirt with a red pencil!

A Bit of Winnie the Pooh History

Winnie the Pooh was a real toy owned by a young boy named Christopher Robin who lived in England around the early 1920s. Christopher Robin was the son of A.A. Milne, the author and creator of Winnie the Pooh.

The name Winnie the Pooh is derived from a combination of names. "Winnie" was the name of a popular bear in the London Zoo. "Pooh" was the name of a swan in another book by A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young.


cool person09 on November 05, 2019:

I think drawing the shirt is hardest

Awesome022 on February 28, 2019:

It looks good. Thx for this. Maybe u can put one up with Pooh and his balloon.

Jay'Niya Edwards on March 27, 2018:

it was kinda hard but fun

MKayo (author) from Texas on July 12, 2013:

Thanks BB- always count on a great comment from you. I'll let you know how it goes. Best, M

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 12, 2013:

Seriously, I can't draw. I don't seem to have an artistic bone in my body....I am interested in this niche you have formed, built around how to draw...clever idea and I hope it does well for you.

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 30, 2013:

AlishaRc - Thanks for stopping by to read this - and for the compliments. Did you try to draw Winnie for yourself?

AlishaRc on May 29, 2013:

Wow! This is a nice drawing of Winnie the Pooh. Thanks for drawing it.

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 28, 2013:

anagham - I'd love to know how it turns out! Thanks for the read!

Anagha V Mahishi from Hubli, karnataka on May 27, 2013:

I loved the cartoon.. will try it soon... bookmarking this page.. thank you so much!

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 27, 2013:

Natashalh - thanks for you comments! I would love to know how your drawings turns out!

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 27, 2013:

KenDranAgudo - thanks for the read, glad you liked it.

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 27, 2013:

jlpark - glad you liked it, I'd love to know how your drawings works out. Thanks for the read!

Jacqui from New Zealand on May 27, 2013:

Awesome. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing

Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on May 27, 2013:

wow wonderful. Easy and cool ;-)

Natasha from Hawaii on May 26, 2013:

So cute! I feel like I'm one of those people who can't draw at all...this still looks like fun, though!

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 26, 2013:

Rusticliving (Lisa) - thanks for the kind words. That means so much coming from someone like you. I've often wondered what it would have been like to work with an animation studio. Best to you!

Liz Rayen from California on May 25, 2013:

Cute hub. You have some great talent. I used to draw stills for Hanna Barbera a long long time ago and was assigned to draw Scooby Doo. Your hub makes it look easy, especially for the beginner. Great Job!---Lisa

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 25, 2013:

Thank you so much, Ceres Schwarz - you're very kind to say that. I do try to make it easy for anyone to pick up a pencil and start to draw. Best of luck with your drawing!

Ceres Schwarz on May 25, 2013:

Oh, you make drawing Winnie the Pooh look so easy. It seems that even those who aren't very good at drawing can still do this. But this will be very useful for those wanting to draw Winnie the Pooh. Your many images that illustrate the drawing process really help to show readers what to do. The finished drawing of Winnie the Pooh turned out really well and very nice.

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 24, 2013:

So glad you liked it!

Priyanka Estambale from United States on May 24, 2013:

OMG!!! Pooh is looking soooooo cute!!!! Loved it!!!

MKayo (author) from Texas on May 24, 2013:

RTalloni - Thanks for the read and suggestion. Did you give it a try yourself?

RTalloni on May 24, 2013:

Fun stuff here! Mom's should see this for their kiddos this summer. :)