How to Draw a Princess Step-by-Step for Kids

Updated on July 25, 2016

As my three students Nadia, Carolina and Teresa will tell you, my princess drawings are "the goodest in the world." (Ah, from the mouth of babes!)

I have been drawing princesses for my girls ever since I started working at my nursery school. In fact, every morning, they form a long line in front of my desk, black marker and sheet of paper in hand, ready to describe the princess they would like. Long hair, short hair, high heels, flats, strapless dresses or puffy sleeves - you name it, I draw it. As you can imagine, I have had to become quick and efficient at drawing princesses to meet the high demand!

On this page, you will find an easy tutorial about how to draw a princess step by step for children. My princesses have a simple design, but are pretty, easy to colour, and most importantly, fast to draw. Along with the tutorial, I have also included a couple of free princess colouring pages which you can print off and give to your girls to colour! There is also a helpful video tutorial you can follow if you'd like to see me go through the steps of drawing a princess.

On this note, I'd say it's about time we stopped reading and started drawing. Got your pens ready? Let's create a beautiful princess!

No confidence in drawing? No worries!

These lovely princesses are simple and fast to draw!

1. The Face (part I)

To start your one-minute princess, draw a three-quarter oval for the face as shown in the picture to your right. Follow up by drawing two round ovals for the eyes, a small pointy nose, and a smiling mouth. Be sure to include the "smile lines" at each side of the mouth - my girls complain if I forget to draw them in!

2. The Face (part II)

Continue to fill in the details of the face by drawing in the eyelids, each complete with two eyelashes. You should now have a pretty little face looking back at you.

One of the simplest hairstyles you can do is long-hair with a right-hand parting. To draw the parting, simply draw three lines running down the front of her forehead, just above her eyes to represent the hair. Then, draw another line perpendicular to these three lines to represent the parting. On the other side of this line, draw another slightly rounder line to represent the hair on the other side of her head.

3. The Hair

For me, the hair is the most entertaining part of drawing a princess. In this case, our princess has long, straight hair. To create her hair, simply draw 3-4 flowing lines sprouting out of her head and fringe.

Obviously, not all girls will want a princess with long, straight hair. More often than not, they will want a princess in their own image, which means you may be asked to draw short curly hair, pigtails, ponytails, buns or various other styles. To see examples of other popular hairstyles, have a look at the thumbnails below!

4. The Neck, Shoulders and Crown

Now it's time to sketch in the neck, shoulders and crown!

The neck is easy, as all you need to do is draw two straight lines downwards, one coming from the ear and the other from the chin.

The shoulders extend from the neck, reaching out just beyond the outer strands of hair. Along with the shoulders, you can also draw in the top section of the dress. In this case, I've given her a fur collar with a heart pendant in the centre. I've also given her a pearl necklace to make her appear even more regal!

5. The Upper Body

How you draw the upper body really depends on the body type you want to give your princess. I prefer to give mine a small chest and average-sized waist so they don't end up looking a Barbie doll. (We don't want to send out the wrong message to our girls!)

If you want to draw a childlike princess, all you have to do flatten the chest by drawing two straight lines down towards the waist. If you like, you can give your princess a belt as I have done here, or you can leave it plain.

6. The Arms

Drawing the arms of a princess can be tricky, especially in terms of getting the length correct. A few times I have ended up with a princess that resembles either Mr. Tickle from the Mr. Men series, or Stumpy! Try to have the arms arrive just below the waist for the most natural look possible.

If drawing fingers makes you nervous, you can always draw "mitten hands" as I have done with this princess. Children don't seem to mind either way!

7. The Dress and the Final Product

 Give the dress lots of detail so your little girl can colour 'til her heart's content!
Give the dress lots of detail so your little girl can colour 'til her heart's content!

Here is the part in which you can go wild! Dresses exists in many forms, so just use your imagination. In this case, I have drawn a long, broad dress decorated with a girl's favourite symbol, the heart. To make it look as if the dress is trailing along the ground, draw a slightly wider oval-shaped base as I have done here. I have also included a number of wavy layers so that my girls can vary the colouring of the dress.

The shoes can either peep out from underneath the dress as in the case of this princess, or you can have her wearing prominent high heels. I usually ask my students which they would prefer.

The Girls in My Class Colouring Their Princesses—I Admire Their Dedication!

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How to Draw a Princess Crown

In recent months, I have received many requests for a tutorial on how to draw a crown to go with your already perfect princess! The crown I used in the princess drawing is very basic, so I came up with a slightly more challenging design for you to experiment with.

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Copyright Heather Broster

1. The Base

Start your princess crown by drawing in an ever-so-slightly curved base. You want it to be curved so you can give your crown some perspective later on. You can choose to make the base thick, as I have done here, or thin, depending on your personal preference. The base can be coloured red or purple to give it a velvet appearance.

2. The Sides

On each side of the base, draw a line that goes up and curves slightly outwards. Draw two circles on the head of each line to create the ornamental bobbles present on many crowns.

3. The Top

Follow up by drawing three curved lines that look like waves between the two lines you just drew sprouting out from the base. These lines will form the front of the crown. Continue by adding an ornamental bobble on the tip of each "wave." Keep in mind that the three curved lines should remain equidistant from the curved line of the base.

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Copyright Heather Broster

4. The Back of the Crown and Jewels

Here is the part where the crown becomes fancy! Draw a small "mountain" between each of the ornamental bobbles at the front of the crown. The three mountains you draw will represent the back of the crown. Each mountain "peak" should also have an ornamental bobble attached to it as shown in the drawing. Drawing in the front and the back of the crown gives it 3-dimensional depth.

Finish off the drawing by adding a number of jewels. I have decided to draw in three diamonds, with a large one in the centre and two smaller ones flanking it. If you draw crosses in the middle of your diamonds, it will make them look 3-dimensional.

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        robia 2 months ago

        it perfect

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        Emely 5 months ago

        So cute

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        Pamela 5 months ago

        Love your drawing

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        anonymouse 5 months ago

        awesome have you done more

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        Vara 5 months ago

        Love it so cool love it love it just can't explain it

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        Barbie 12 months ago

        It was reaaally nice and do-able but I shook it up a bit by giving mine curly hair as she is a black princess like me

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        Rajah 12 months ago

        I love it

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        Mara Alexander 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California

        Great hub. Now I can practice my drawings.

        It doesn't have to be life like to be great art, because kids love cartoons

        I Voted up your hub

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        janey126 4 years ago

        Wow what a great info and lensjust awesome!

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        janey126 4 years ago

        Wow what a great info and lensjust awesome!

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        gin001 5 years ago

        This looks like a lot of fun. I've bookmarked the page. Thanks for sharing.

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        dheamiacoleen 5 years ago

        how dear it helps me much

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        dheamiacoleen 5 years ago

        ow thank you for this it works and it help me so much

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        How come when I want to print out the princess drawings, I also have to print some sex come-on stuff as well?

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        Heather B 5 years ago

        @anonymous: I keep the drawings on a free hosting website, which unfortunately shows risque ads on occasion. All you have to do is save the picture to your desktop and print it from there to eliminate the ads.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        its so easy n now i will draw it n make my frndz jelous

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        its so easy n now i will draw it n make my frndz jelous

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        Josavich LM 5 years ago

        Great lens, can't wait to show my oldest son he loves drawing even if it is a little girly he'll give it to his mommy. Thanks

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        Takkhis 5 years ago

        Well done! Yes you can do what want to do!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        This is very nice art work

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        This is very nice art work

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @anonymous: its so easy

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        Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

        What a great lens! Thanks so much!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        NOW I KNOW HOW TO DRAW A PRINCESS.THANK YOU SO MUCH .MY NAME IS JACQUELINE AND AM 6 YRS OLD.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        waooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!! its amazing how beautiful drawing i am a student of class 6th and ur drawing is very good i have learn very well thanks for these lovely drawing

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        JoshK47 5 years ago

        What a fantastic lens! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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        Joeyyip 5 years ago

        Wow, I like your efforts! Especially the video! Now I knew how to draw a princess! ^^ Thanks!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I will show this to my niece she will like it so much.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @dahlia369: it is fine i am a welsh famouse artist and you are right with thease are good stuff to use to start doing art

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        dahlia369 5 years ago

        I can't draw but the first time I take a break I just might use your instructions - and enjoy drawing for a change - thank you!! :)

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        akunsquidoku 5 years ago

        Great lens, amazing job!

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        Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

        Now I know how to teach my girls 'how to draw a princess"... Thank you

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        treasuresabound 5 years ago

        WOW! What can I say, this is really really good. You are a true star. Now I know where to look when I need to draw a princess.

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        Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

        I'm going to have to draw princesses for my daughter to color in. Thanks for a great lens!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Great lens, well done! Thumbs up

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        sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

        enjoyed your drawing instructions. lovely presentation. ~blessed~

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @HealthfulMD: Yur hiness!

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        EMangl 5 years ago

        my daughter prefers to draw manga-characters, but will show her your lens

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        dream1983 5 years ago

        Fantastic lens, great job! Thumbs up

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        Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

        Great drawings, certainly the "goodest." Blessed.

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        mindlessnin 5 years ago

        yes, I do!!! This is pretty easy! I am itching to get a piece of paper and pen now! Can't wait to draw one!

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        steph-naylor 5 years ago

        Great lens!

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        TheJVilleKid 5 years ago

        This is pretty cool! My daughter will love drawing this princess!

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        getmoreinfo 5 years ago

        These are so cool, I really like your art lenses. the princess pictures are so cute and great for coloring projects.

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        great instructions on how to draw a princess!

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        bloggerjon 5 years ago

        Hi, Like this lens and the idea behind it, looks great.

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        kmyangel 5 years ago

        I'm not a kid but i didn't do the princess as nice as you !!! Drawing isn't my strong aptitude :)))) Thanks for sharing !!!

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        Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        What a neat lens! I love it; I am now ready to draw a princess. Your students must love you dearly. :)

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        gradientcat 5 years ago

        Looks like fun, I'll have to try it with my daughter who loves princesses.

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        gottaloveit2 5 years ago

        Excellent article. You've made a bunch of my nieces very happy. Well done. Blessed.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        You make it look so simple.

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        What fun! I don't know any little girl who would enjoy drawing a princess. Great instructions.

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        squallpogi 5 years ago

        haha.. adorable.. very cute.. :)

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        squallpogi 5 years ago

        haha.. adorable.. very cute.. :)

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        WriterJanis2 5 years ago

        I love this lens. How fun to be able to do this. Blessed!

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        kovid7 5 years ago

        Very good.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        How do you draw the queen and king?

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        jessica ruiz jo 5 years ago

        You are my four year old daughter's new heroine, lol! Thanks for sharing. Very cute!

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        biggking lm 5 years ago

        great lens. Thank you!

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        shiuls 5 years ago

        this is nice drawing

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        mumsgather 5 years ago

        Lovely. I've got to show this to my girl, she will love it.!

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        intermarks 5 years ago

        Wonderful way to learn to draw a princess. Thanks!

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        Millionairemomma 5 years ago

        Absolutely wonderful for a girl and a boy!

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        UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

        Nice lens, very useful entertainment resource!

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        JessyGene 5 years ago

        looks great! I'm gonna try this for my neice.

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        MerandaJade 5 years ago

        I've always wanted to learn to draw. I think I'll try this! You make it look so easy!

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        Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

        I'm ready to be instructor of princess drawing for my kids :)

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        Rainbows and Unicorns Entertainment 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

        As a father of twin five year old girls this is an important skill for me to know.

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        JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

        Love it!

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        peggygallyot 5 years ago

        Love this lens.

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        daniela12 5 years ago

        Love this lens! :D

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        damoiselle 5 years ago

        Love it.

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        MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

        This is so sweet and adorable!

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        ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

        thanks!

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        enjoyecigs 5 years ago

        cute lens! my daughter would love this!

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        Annamadagan 5 years ago

        I love drawing. Thanks for the tips! Blessed.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        yes!

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        Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

        My grand-daughters would love these. Blessings!

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        Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

        My grand-daughters would love these. Blessings!

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        dann7trdro lm 5 years ago

        this is a beautiful princess

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        KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

        Yes, I can see how it would be useful to be "quick and efficient" at drawing princesses. I can remember drawing for kids. Glitter glue can be a fun addition, too. SquidAngel blessings.

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        jlshernandez 5 years ago

        Wonderful step-by-step instructions for kids.

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        blessedmomto7 5 years ago

        Great directions. Drawing a princess will be easy!

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        Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

        I love this page - very well constructed!

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        sheezie77 5 years ago

        Very nice post here! Squidlikes!

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        jarajelissa 5 years ago

        Nice tips about Draw a Princess :)

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        trendydad 5 years ago

        great tips

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        MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

        I love this lens so much. The tutorial is nicely laid out and the video is excellently shot. "Blessed."

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        LouisaDembul 5 years ago

        I actually will try drawing a princess today!

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        Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

        Sharing with my favorite princess-in-the making! Blessed

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        @LisaDH: whats up

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Cool lens!Thnx for share

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        Tugee 6 years ago

        Fun!

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        estellaeffects lm 6 years ago

        I tried this with my daughter. You make it look easy.. but it isn't my face comes out bad.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        very interesting lens, thanks

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        LisaDH 6 years ago

        I can see why you have a long line of girls every morning. Your drawings are so cute! I'm going to give this a try and see if I can impress my daughter, but I highly doubt mine will look as good as yours! :-)

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        bigjoe2121 6 years ago

        I wish I could triple bless this. it's so great. You should make princess coloring pages lenses with your own images :)

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        AngryBaker 6 years ago

        love this... wonderful to have that talent... I love having an impressive trick up my sleeve to wow kids (I can make cootie catchers)

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        Joan Haines 6 years ago

        So cute. "Squid Angel blessed."

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        Susan300 6 years ago

        Very cool!! Finally, a drawing tutorial that's easy enough for *me*, LOL! :) Thanks!

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