How to Draw a Fortune Teller

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How to Draw a Fortune Teller
It's not hard to draw a fortune teller. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A bejewelled Gypsy fortune-teller, hovering over a glowing crystal ball in a darkened room is a compelling subject for a dramatic drawing that appears more difficult to sketch than it is. Artists who love the occult, magic and fantasy need only a basic understanding of figurative and facial proportions to complete a fortune-teller drawing full of otherworldly mystery and allure.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Black pen
  • Markers in black, gold, purple, red and blue

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  1. 1

    Draw the basic shape of the fortune teller. Draw an oval for her head. Draw a gestural line moving down from the head for the neck and spine of the psychic seated and bent forward. Draw a horizontal line underneath the head across the gesture line as wide as three of her heads for the shoulders. Draw lines out from either side of the shoulders for the upper arms, a line from the end of either upper arm pointing in for the forearms and short vertical lines up from the ends of the forearms for the hands, positioned hovering around a crystal ball.

  2. 2

    Draw a horizontal line underneath the elbows of the stick figure fortune-teller for the tabletop. Draw a circle between her hands for the crystal ball. Draw a short diagonal line at the bottom of either side of the circle and a curved line connecting the bottom of the lines for the crystal ball base.

  3. 3

    Draw a light line down the centre of her face and bisect this line with a horizontal line. Draw the fortune teller's eyes as two almond shapes on the horizontal line on either side of the vertical line. Draw a rounded "v" on the vertical line halfway between the level of the eyes and the bottom of her face for her nose. Draw a short horizontal line halfway between her nose and her chin with a "u" shape below it for her bottom lip and an "m" shape above it for her top lip. (See References 1)

  4. 4

    Draw a scarf around the top of the fortune teller's head. Draw two circles for hoop earrings on either side of her face at the level of her nose. Sketch in long, flowing hair tumbling down her neck and shoulders. Draw a cape draped over her shoulders and arms, and several necklaces around her neck. Draw the fortune teller's hands with the fingers spread wide around the crystal ball. Add long fingernails and large rings to each finger.

  5. 5

    Trace over the lines of the pencil drawing with black marker. Erase the pencil lines after the ink is dry. Colour the fortune-teller's hair in black, her scarf in gold and her cloak in deep purple. Draw thick, black lines around her eyes and over her eyebrows to illustrate heavy make-up, colour her lips in deep red and colour her jewellery in gold. Colour the background behind the fortune-teller in dark blue.

Tips and warnings

  • Darken purple by adding blue marker on top; darken blue marker by colouring green over it. Darken red marker by colouring light blue over it.

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