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How to Draw a Tutu

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Shawnte is an elementary school science educator and illustrator who studies various life cycles of animals.


Hey all! Welcome to yet another one of my basic drawing lessons! Today, we will be learning how to draw a cute little ballerina tutu with pencil and paper. Even though this drawing tutorial is somewhat detailed, it should be very easy to follow the instructions given below. By following the steps below, you will be able to make your very own drawing of a tutu in a matter of minutes.

Before you begin, you will want to make sure that you have all of the tools needed for this drawing. A pencil, paper, and eraser are some basic tools you might want. If you are using a tablet to draw this from, be sure you have some sort of photo editing program open before you start.


Step 1

In this first step, we are going to start by drawing the leotard portion of the tutu that is from the waist up. Begin by drawing the scoop of the leotard. The scoop is somewhat heart-shaped in appearance.


Step 2

After you draw the scoop of your leotard, work your way downward.


Step 3

Now, draw the rest of your ballerina tutu's leotard. Basically, you will be drawing the leotard all the way down to the waistline. Now, it is time to move on to the tutu itself.


Step 4

Next, draw the outline of your ballerina tutu/petticoat. Think of it kind of like a small hoop skirt. It will be completely round, flaring out at the base of the tutu.


Step 5

Now that you have your base for the skirt portion, you will now give your ballerina tutu pleats all around. Pleats are just simple, vertical lines all around a skirt or dress. Look at the example image here in step 5 to get a basic idea of what I mean.


Step 6

Just draw vertical lines all around the tutu skirt, like so. Very easy and straightforward!

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Step 7

At the base of the tutu, it might be nice to add a little something extra. I decided to draw some non-detailed lace at the bottom of the skirt. Remember, it doesn't have to be detailed since it isn't really the focal point of the tutu. It's mainly to make it look cuter.


Step 8

Now add some last touches to your ballerina tutu, like details on the pleats or more lace at the top of the leotard.

That's all! I hope you enjoyed this a lot and if you liked this tutorial, feel free to share it with friends and family.


Barsha Bera on September 10, 2020:

So beautiful drawing I Love this

Lilac on March 31, 2020:

This is awesome

Elsa on December 30, 2019:

This is wonderful

flower on October 28, 2019:

you are an egg-Cellent artist

Sweet on October 27, 2019:

love this, is sweet.

emliy on October 10, 2019:


kenneth on October 09, 2019:

good art 100%

wo! on August 28, 2019:

Your mane???

precious & rejoice on July 26, 2019:

it's lovely

Emily on June 15, 2019:

Thanks! I wound not have drawn a better pic than yours. Please try to draw a woman next time. XD

Anne on June 15, 2019:

Please don't stop drawing! It is really good! And try your best to draw even better even if it doesn't look good!

Eimy on April 23, 2019:

I want you to draw a yorkies ok thanks you.

a user on March 21, 2019:

same here leticia. i love your hubs shawnte thanks.

leticia on February 05, 2018:

this helped me with my school project. thank you.

erdelyn on June 28, 2013:

Iwant to teaching me and. I'm happy that i see ur drawing. To follow ur drawing and please. Write ur cellphone no or telephone im soo happy.


Shawnte (author) on November 26, 2012:

I'm happy ^^!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 03, 2012:

i love your hubs. All the drawing are cute and easy to follow.