How to Draw a Sleeping Baby

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How to Draw a Sleeping Baby
A sleeping baby is easier to draw than a baby who is awake. (Sleeping baby image by Radoslav Stoilov from

Drawing a baby is always challenging. The features and proportions of an infant are different than those of adults and children. This means that drawing a baby is much harder because it requires learning new proportions. Drawing a sleeping baby is actually easier than drawing a baby who is awake because a sleeping baby has his eyes closed and is generally staying still with his body in a specific position.

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  1. 1

    Sketch out the proportions. Start with the head, which is a basic circle, and make the body three head measurements longer. The average baby has a total of four-head proportioning. To draw a sleeping baby, the proportion of the body is a key factor.

  2. 2

    Draw the torso as a bubble about two head lengths. The baby's stomach is usually rotund, so the bubble should show the slight rounding. From the torso bubble, draw leg bubbles. These are shorter in proportion to the torso and are made rounded for baby chubbiness. Positions vary depending on the pose of the sleeping baby; legs might be straight or bent. Keep in mind that even if the baby is under a blanket, drawing the leg position is still necessary. Babies do not yet have defined muscles in their legs and arms.

  3. 3

    Draw arm bubbles in the appropriate pose for sleeping. When a baby sleeps, arms are often up by the head or a thumb might be in the baby's mouth. Look at a reference picture for arm and leg positioning.

  4. 4

    Draw small bubbles for the hands and little triangles for the feet. Proportioning is complete when the hand and feet bubbles are finished.

  5. 5

    Fill in the details, starting with the face. If the baby is facing downward, the cheek is slightly squished. If the baby is facing upward and sleeping on her back, the face is not squished. Eyes are closed, so the eyes form a curved line with lashes. The forehead is the largest part of the head, and the nose and mouth are close together. The chin is very small, and cheeks are rounded and chubby.

  6. 6

    Adjust the body around the proportioning bubbles. The neck is not yet well defined and usually will end up hidden or a slight line on the side of the head. Shoulders are small and rounded. The baby's stomach is slightly rounded on the sides. Put a diaper on the baby at the bottom part of the torso bubble and adjust the leg bubbles around the diaper. Form the arms so they are chubby. Fingers are often curled in sleep, so draw the fingers curved around the bubble of the hand or hidden by the baby being on his stomach.

  7. 7

    Cover the baby with a blanket if preferred. In that case, detailing of the face is necessary, but detailing of the legs, arms and body is not necessary. Draw the blanket over the baby and use the proportioning bubbles to make shading or lines in the blanket.

  8. 8

    Erase the proportioning bubbles. If a little of the drawing or line art is accidentally erased, draw the lines back in.

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