How to Draw a Realistic Gnome

A cute gnome is a must-have addition to any fun garden – but do you know how to make them look super realistic? Fortunately for you, we do, and have everything that you need to create your own realistic gnome figure – let’s get started!


Tutorial Video


Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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Start with a black pen, and draw a small wavy line in the center of your page for the nose of your gnome,


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Add a curved line to the top of this, and then two thicker wavy lines on either side.


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Next, add three sets of three small marks – one at either side and one in the center of the wavy lines.


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Add more hatching to the top, and then draw a wavy line across the top of the features.


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Add a jagged section to the right of this line, and then take it down, up, and across to meet the bottom of the nose. Repeat this on the left side, and add a short wavy line to the top right.


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Draw a curved line to the bottom of the nose…


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And then add more hatching to the top. Bring down two parallel lines, heading diagonally and then down towards the bottom of the page. Add another one of these to the right.


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Bring lines down from the sides of the face, and then in towards the bottom to meet in a point at the bottom. Add thicker lines to the bottom of the beard you just created.


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Now, add a half circle to either side of the top of the face, and then small pointed shapes above these.


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Every gnome needs a hat – bring two jagged, diagonal lines up from the top of the face, angling in to meet in a point at the top.


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Add a series of sharp marks to the hat for creases and detail…


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And then bring a line down on either side, angling this across, down and then inwards,


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Add curved lines inside these for the outline of the body.


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Now, add two curved, parallel lines across the middle for the belt.


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Add two small feet to the bottom of the body, and then add an “n” shape in the center of this for the legs.


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Add a curved line coming down from the center of the belt, and then add three small dots to the right of this.


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Grab a black fineliner, and add long vertical lines across the right of the body, and a single one on the left.


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Continue to add detail to the face with the black fineliner…


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And then use an orange pen to add color to the hat.


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Grab a bright blue, and use this to shade the top of the gnome…


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And then use a bright purple pen for the trousers.


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Select a bright orange pen, and shade the face of the gnome.


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Finally, use a black pen for the shoes and the belt.


And there we have it – your very own super cute realistic gnome – all he needs is for you to give him a name!

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