How to Draw Barbie

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The Barbie doll is one of America's most iconic toys as multiple generations of women are fans of the doll. Because the Barbie franchise is so popular, there are movies, comics, and clothing under the name brand. Drawing Barbie follows the same rules as drawing cartoons and still-life figures. Human-like figures, such as Barbie can be very difficult to render at first, but become easier with practice. Since there are so many different versions of Barbie, drawing pictures of her can be a fun and challenging activity.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Drawing paper
  • Black pen
  • Eraser
  • Sketch the basic outline of Barbie. Start by drawing a circle to represent Barbie's head and sketch basic lines to map out her body. Do not add any inner details to the drawing, and focus on getting a proportional outline of Barbie first.

  • Erase any unnecessary markings left by your rough outline. Draw a more detailed outline of Barbie's hair, facial profile, clothing and body. Erase and adjust your drawing where needed. Darken the basic outline with a pencil.

  • Draw the inner details of Barbie's clothing and face. Use a pencil to sketch in all the details desired. Work slowly and press lightly as you fill in your basic outline, and erase any extra markings made and darken the details with a pencil.

  • Ink your drawing with a black pen to give it a complete look. Work slowly and add any other details you desire. Add shadows and highlights to the drawing with a pencil for a sharper look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a reference picture when drawing Barbie. This will help you achieve a better likeness in your drawings.
  • Try drawing different versions of Barbie, doing so will help expand your drawing skills.
  • Observe other artist's methods to drawing Barbie. This will give you ideas for your own work.
  • Work slowly when drawing Barbie's facial details. These details are the most important part to creating a figure that looks like Barbie.
  • To achieve more realistic drawings, practice drawing people in everyday settings. This will improve your ability to draw the human figure.
  • Practice inking your outlines in one stroke, as this will give your drawing a smooth, clean look.
  • Do not press hard with your pencil when sketching your rough outline. It will dent your drawing paper and make it difficult to erase any mistakes you make.

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