How to Draw a Human Brain

Written by helen jain
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How to Draw a Human Brain
The human brain is complicated---but not difficult to draw. (hand drawing image by Christopher Hall from

The human brain is a complex organ that runs the function of the entire body. The brain has several folds, which means that if you're drawing it you'll need several lines to create the appearance of the brain. The lines are not straight, which can make the drawing challenging for those not used to working freehand. However, despite the challenge of freehand art, the brain is not a complicated thing to draw.

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Things you need

  • Reference picture
  • Pencil
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Draw a large oval. An oval is the shape of an egg or a stretched-out circle. This oval will be the outline of the brain, and should be drawn so that the longer sides run left to right rather than up and down. Draw a downward-slanting line down the middle of the oval.

  2. 2

    Draw a small circle at the bottom that is half inside the oval and half outside the oval. This is the outline for the cerebellum, which is at the base of the brain and is connected to the brain and the brainstem.

  3. 3

    Draw curly and twisty lines in a tube shape inside the top half of the line in the oval. Look at a reference picture of a human brain to determine the exact shape. Basically, brain matter will look like a twisty and curly tube shape.

  4. 4

    Fill in the entire oval with the twisty tubes to create the effect of the folds of the brain. Make sure the oval is filled, including the half in the circle of the cerebellum.

  5. 5

    Draw curly half-circular shapes around the oval of the brain, similar to drawing a flower with several petals. Do not connect the edges. Do this around the entire oval shape.

  6. 6

    Draw a few sketchy lines in the cerebellum where the brain and outer edge of the brain is not shaped. Use a downward stroke from the top of the circle down to the bottom at a vertical angle. Do not colour in the area, but just make a few downward lines. This is approximately 1/3 of the circle.

  7. 7

    Draw two lines from the brain. One line should touch the outside of the cerebellum and go downward and the other should run parallel to the first to form a tube shape. This will represent the spinal cord coming from the brain.

  8. 8

    Erase the oval sketch lines within the brain.

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