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How to Draw a Nutcracker

Learn how to draw a Nutcracker with a new easy step by step tutorial. This one has some fun, extra fancy details.

The Nutcracker Ballet greatly popularized the nutcracker back in the early 1950s, at which point they pretty much became synonymous with Christmas. Their colorful look can add a lot to the festivities, so it’s no wonder they are so popular.

Nutcrackers also make for great drawing practice this time of year, as their simple symmetrical body shapes are easy to replicate. Students can also review body proportions as in my experience, many tend to draw arms (on nutcrackers or people) a bit short. This nutcracker can remind them that the hands need to extend down well past the waist and hips.



Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Nutcracker

  1. Draw a belt.

  2. Start the jacket above it.

  3. Add the head and hair.

  4. Draw a hat on the head.

  5. Continue the jacket as shown.

  6. Draw the arms with sleeves.

  7. Add the legs with boots.

  8. Draw the cane and background.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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