How to Draw an Elf

When it comes to celebrating the festive period, there are a number of non-negotiables that simply have to be included: and elves are very much a part of this list! Ready to create your own adorable Christmas elf? Then let’s get started!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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How to draw an elf step by step 1

Grab a green pen and a ruler, and draw a line in the center of your page.


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Curve the ends of the line up, and then add a short vertical line to either end.


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Add a jagged line across the top to create a crown shape…


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And then use a darker green pen to add a line to that bottom right, and another just beside this.


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Grab the green pen you started with, and shade the rest of the shape.


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Use a red pen and a ruler to add an angled line to the left of this, take this up, and then curve it across to the right.


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Use a yellow pen to add an oval shape to the end of the brown line, and then add a smaller circle inside this.


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Use an orange pen to draw a small “kidney” shape to the bottom of the yellow circle, and then add an orange circle to the right of this.


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Shade the rest of the circle with the yellow pen…


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And then connect this to the crown shape with a line made with a red pen.


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Fill in this shape with the red pen, leaving a small rectangle at the top.


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Use an orange pencil to draw two lines emerging from the bottom of the crown, and connect these with a curved line at the bottom.


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Add a curved, triangle shape to the sides of this square, creating the face and ears…


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And then fill this in with the orange pencil.


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Add a rounded shape to the bottom, creating the neck…


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And then shade the rectangle at the top of the hat with a pink pen.


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Use a dark brown pen to add two smaller triangles to the inside of the ears…


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And then use the same shade for curved eyes on the face, a small shape below this for the nose, and then two small circles at the bottom.


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Use a black pen to add a half-circle shape at the bottom of the face, and shade the top half of this.


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Shade the bottom of this shape with a pink pen for the bottom of the mouth.


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Use a red pen to draw a curved line at the bottom of the neck, and then bring a line out on either side.


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Add a pointed arrow shape below this…


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And bring a line up on either side of this.


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Connect these shapes to the line at the top with more points, creating a pointed collar.


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Fill in this collar with the red pen…


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Use a green pen to bring curved lines down on either side of this…


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Grab a yellow pen and a ruler, draw a small rectangle in the center of the green lines, and add a line to the left.


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Use a black pen to add a curved shape around this square, creating the belt for the buckle, and then shade the space inside the buckle.


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Use the green pen to shade the main body…


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And then add two points below the belt, connected by a curve in the center.


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Shade this section with the green pen.


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Now, use the green pen and a ruler to bring up two diagonal, parallel lines from the right side, connecting these at the end with a curved line.


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Fill this in with a dark green pen for one arm…


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And then add another arm to the left.


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Use a brown pen to add color to the dips in the ends of the arms.


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Use the orange pencil to add a hand to the end of each arm, with a large hand and a small thumb on each side.


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Add two long, thin rectangles to the bottom of the outfit for legs.


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Use the dark green pen to add a curved shape to the bottom of each leg.


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Now, add a “u” shape to the side of each of these with the lighter green pen…


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Take this to a point, and then curve the line down, across, and up to create those classic elf shoes.


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Use the light green pen to shade the shoes…


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And then use a red pen to add striped socks to the legs.


And there we have it – a super cute Christmas elf, ready for the festive season. Anyone else for eggnog?

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