How to Draw a Policeman

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How to Draw a Policeman
Draw a cheeky policeman. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Drawing a policeman is an alternative way to practice illustrating characters for cartoon strips. Clothing the policeman is the most important aspect of this exercise, because it distinguishes his identity. You can experiment with the positioning of his arms and facial expression, once you have mastered how he is dressed. British police officers or "bobbies" are typical and well-known stereotypes so try drawing one these cops.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colouring pencils

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  1. 1

    Draw a large rectangle, measuring 3.5 inches in length by 1.5 inches in width. This is the main body of the officer. Add a 1 inch square directly onto the top of this rectangle for his head.

  2. 2

    Sketch two thin rectangles, positioned horizontally on the bottom of the policeman's body. These are his shoes-- make each one slightly wider than the width of the body to represent the toe pointing out sideways.

  3. 3

    Give the policeman cartoon arms. Draw his left arm tucked behind his back. Draw a triangle protruding from the top half of his body. Add a small triangle attached to the body within this triangle, to show the gap between the bent elbow and body. You cannot see the hand. The right arms is larger 'V' shape protruding from the body, with a waving hand attached to the top.

  4. 4

    Illustrate the officer's belt. The belt is important because it holds his pepper spray and batons, for example. Sketch a thin rectangle around his waist, then add a selection of smaller rectangles and squares onto it to show the items. Show his baton by drawing a long thin rectangle dangling down at his side, from the belt-- somewhat like a sword.

  5. 5

    Detail the policeman's hat. On top of the square head, add another square with an elliptical shape on its top surface. Colour a band of grey between the two shapes. The rest of the hat is to be coloured in dark blue.

  6. 6

    Fill in the details of the policeman's face. He needs to have two circles for eyes and a round bulbous nose. The cartoon elements play here when you give him a thick moustache and thin pursed lips.

  7. 7

    Colour the rest of the uniform. The top section of the officer's uniform is light blue, while the trousers match the colour of the hat. Colour the belt black, while the objects on it various shades of dark grey; make the baton stand out by colouring it brown.

  8. 8

    Distinguish the police officer by adding a patch on his breast pocket to represent his policeman's badge. This consists of a typical crest shape with "MET" written across it-- this is slang for the British police force.

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