How to Draw Winnie the Pooh
Even if You Think You Have No Drawing Ability, You Can Draw Winnie the Pooh.
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.
A Bit of 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.
So, get your pencil ready and grab a few sheets of paper — let's get started...
Step 1: Draw Your Basic Shapes
As with any complex drawing, it must be broken down into simple shapes.
In the case of our friend, Winnie the Pooh, we 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: 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.
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 bulge outside the egg shape.
Get this right, and the rest is easy.
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: Finish the Legs and Arms
If you look carefully at the shapes of Winnie's arms and legs. you see there very long, rounded shapes - that's really all they are.
When you're drawing, don't get caught up with thinking you can't draw an arm or leg - that will just mess with your head.
Rather, think about drawing a simple, long, roundish shape. Anyone can do that, right?
If you step back and take a look at my drawing, you can see that Winnie is just a set of simple, round shapes - that's all he is.
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.
OK, so this shirt is just 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: 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.
For the final touch, you will fill in the shirt with a gray shade.
If you have never shaded a drawing before, it's really simple.
Just hold your pencil at an angle and rub the side edge of the pencil lead against the paper.
You may also want to color in Winnie's shirt with a red pencil.
SO, how does your Winnie the Pooh drawing look? Try not to get frustrated if your drawing doesn't look just perfect yet. Practice makes perfect, as they say - and drawing takes lots of practice if you want to do it well.