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King of Kindergarten: How to Draw a Self Portrait

Learn how to draw a self portrait for kids that was inspired by a fun new children’s book “The King of Kindergarten”. Adding a crown actually makes it a bit easier to do!

How to Draw a Self Portrait
How to Draw a Self Portrait

Learning how to draw a self portrait, or any portrait, is one of those fundamental building blocks of drawing. Getting the features all in place, with some approximation of proportion, takes practice and most young artists will need some time and practice before drawing faces gets any easier for them.

Fortunately, I’ve found a wonderful book that both targets young students, but adds a crown theme that I think helps the drawing process. It’s called “The King of Kindergarten” and would make a great intro to the lesson, as a young boy learns the ropes of school life. (Please note that is an affiliate link, and if you purchase, I will be compensated but at no cost to you.)

My tutorial asks students to draw the crown first, so they can skip the part that often stumbles them up the most, namely making a large oval. Round shapes are some of the trickiest to master when starting out, so I know only too well how many can get frustrated with this starting point.



Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a King Self Portrait

  1. Draw a large crown.

  2. Add a U shape below.

  3. Add two ears.

  4. Start the hair lines.

  5. Finish the hair line on top.

  6. Draw the neck and shoulders.

  7. Finish the sleeves.

  8. Fill face with features.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

Student Art

Drawing by Prisha

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