How to Draw Pictures of Buddha

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How to Draw Pictures of Buddha
Buddha can also be depicted with open eyes. (Darrenwise/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Buddha is the founder of the Buddhist religion, a prince who gave up his status as royalty to follow the spiritual path as a wandering ascetic and attain enlightenment. He is often portrayed in a sitting pose. The Buddha is usually depicted wearing a simple monk's robe with eyes closed on a smiling face. While there are numerous tutorials available for depicting the Buddha, most start with large round circles and add details from there.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Drawing paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils

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    Start by drawing basic circle shapes. Draw one small circle for the head and a large circle underneath it for the body. Draw two horizontal lines as facial guidelines on the circle for the head. One line should be bigger and in the middle of the circle and the other smaller and in the mouth area. Draw a vertical line from the top of the head circle down to connect it with the top of the large body circle. Draw two lines coming out of the head circle on either side.

  2. 2

    Shape a smiling, chubby face by lining the eye area with two semicircles to create eyelids. Draw a large semicircle coming out of the eye on the right side, around the outside of the head circle, and end the line in what would be the neck area to define the cheeks. Draw out the lines for the arms and the crossed leg shape. This is done by connecting the arm lines and creating more half circles below the original body circle shape.

  3. 3

    Draw in the Buddha's ears, nose, eyebrows, chubby cheeks and closed-mouth smile. Thicken the arms a bit more by creating sleeves and add drooping breasts in the form of semicircles that will sit atop his large belly. Add a few lines of detail to his right kneecap.

  4. 4

    Continue shaping the bald head and finish detailing his ears. Finish the smile and draw in a semicircle for the chin. Add detail to his bellybutton and legs and erase guideline shapes. Colour the drawing as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • The Buddha is also often depicted sitting on a lotus flower.

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