How to Draw the Little Mermaid

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How to Draw the Little Mermaid
Draw the outline of Ariel's hair.

"The Little Mermaid," a Disney film, came out in 1989 and marked a return to the fairy tale style of storytelling for Disney: "Cinderella" came out in 1950; "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" came out in 1937. "The Little Mermaid" features Ariel, a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. Her ingénue features were said to be modelled after the actress Alyssa Milano.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Coloured pencils
  • Eraser
  • White paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw the outline of Ariel's hair. The Little Mermaid is frequently underwater, making her hair billow up and out from her head, looking like rounded flames.

    How to Draw the Little Mermaid
    Draw the outline of Ariel's hair.
  2. 2

    Draw Ariel's fringe, the top of her head and her ear. The Little Mermaid's fringe are made up of four large pieces, coming down to points over her forehead. The Little Mermaid's left sideburn makes up the top of her left ear and also frames part of her forehead.

    How to Draw the Little Mermaid
    Draw Ariel's fringe, the top of her head, and her ear.
  3. 3

    Draw the outline of Ariel's head, neck and shoulders. The Little Mermaid's head indents slightly on the right side at the bottom of her forehead. The bottom of The Little Mermaid's head forms a heart-shape, coming to a point at the bottom.

    How to Draw the Little Mermaid
    Draw the outline of Ariel's head, neck, and shoulders.
  4. 4

    Draw Ariel's arms, hands and tail. The Little Mermaid's right arm is drawn in full, with her hand cupped and her thumb out of view. Next, draw her tail, which starts from points just below her right elbow and at her right wrist. It should come out to its widest point at The Little Mermaid's hips, then taper inward.

    Draw a V shape below The Little Mermaid's elbow and forearm. This is the point where her upper body meets her tail. Connect this shape above The Little Mermaid's right forearm, widening until it is parallel with The Little Mermaid's right bicep. Draw The Little Mermaid's left arm and hand from this point. Ariel's left hand is flat, with her little finger just appearing slightly at the back of her hand.

    How to Draw the Little Mermaid
    Draw Ariel's arms, hands, and tail.
  5. 5

    Draw Ariel's shell bikini top and facial features. The Little Mermaid's shell bikini top is circular. The right cup's widest point is at the centre, while the left cup gets gradually narrower as it nears the bottom of the cup. The Little Mermaid's right eye is shaped like a capital "D" and her left eye is the mirror image of this. The Little Mermaid's eyes should take up the majority of her forehead. Her mouth looks like a crescendo, with thin lips and teeth showing.

    How to Draw the Little Mermaid
    Draw Ariel's shell bra and facial features.
  6. 6

    Colour in Ariel's hair red, her tail green and her body a peach colour. The Little Mermaid's eyes are blue and the shell bikini top is also blue.

    How to Draw the Little Mermaid
    Colour in The Little Mermaid.

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