How to Draw People with Big Heads and Small Bodies

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How to Draw People with Big Heads and Small Bodies
Betty Boop is a good example of a caricature. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Drawing people requires practice. While drawing people in cartoon proportions is not easy, there's room for inaccuracy because it's whimsical.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start by drawing a large circle for the head.

    How to Draw People with Big Heads and Small Bodies
    Go big! This will not be a realistic drawing. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Sketch a proportionately small rectangle for the torso and two rectangles for the legs. Add small rectangles at the sides of the torso for arms.

    How to Draw People with Big Heads and Small Bodies
    If you feel up to it, pose the body. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Draw a vertical and horizontal line to divide the head into four areas. The horizontal line should be slightly above centre because this is where the eyes will be.

    How to Draw People with Big Heads and Small Bodies
    The drawing will be exaggerated, so if it looks a little strange at first, it's probably correct. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    The eyes can be round or a more realistic almond shape. The eyes should also be proportionately large to go with the face. The nose will start at the centre of the guide lines. The nose can be a curved "L." Add a mouth below the nose.

    How to Draw People with Big Heads and Small Bodies
    The lips can be drawn as orange slices, the bottom lip smiling, and the top lip frowning. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Finish the body by drawing the clothes. For the hands, sketch little round shapes with lines for fingers. Create shoes, which are round shapes with a flat bottom. Keep the proportion the same as you add details.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with proportions. Make your next attempt have an even bigger head. Make the body even smaller.

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