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Easy How to Draw Crankenstein Tutorial and Crankenstein Coloring Page

Learn how to draw Crankenstein, the main character in a very cute children’s book by Samantha Berger. He’s a little boy that turns into a cranky Frankenstein monster, right before your eyes.

A Drawing of Crankenstein

A drawing of Crankenstein, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
The popular book by Samantha Berger

Years ago it was kinder teachers who taught me that one of the best ways to start a lesson for say, 5 and 6-year olds, was to read a book. I saw first hand how quickly it would calm the room, and gather attention to one place, the reader. Worked like a charm, every single time.

I eventually learned that reading almost any book at all would help, but of course the very best experience came from finding books with fun message that would visually match the project.

When I came across “Crankenstein” by Samantha Berger*, the process was actually reversed and the book inspired the project. The fun message about a boy who wakes up super cranky, is a fun twist on a Frankenstein theme, and a great project around Halloween time. *Affiliate link. If you click and take action, I will be compensated a small amount, at no cost to the buyer.

Another Fun Variation

This one came from a homeschooling mom, I believe. Have older students draw their entire body, split in half to show their “Crankenstein” side. They would probably enjoy making all of their skin look the same shade of green. My tutorial just covers a face, but the illustrations in the book are so good that it might be all students need figure out what a full body would look like.

Student Artwork Inspiration

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How to Draw Crankenstein

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A step by step tutorial for how to draw Crankenstein, also available as a free download.
Want more of a challenge? Try adding shadows for a 3D look.

Crankenstein Coloring Page

Crankenstein Coloring page, available as a free download.


  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.


Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Draw Crankenstein

  1. Start a large U shape.

  2. Finish the U shape.

  3. Draw a zig zag line for the hair.

  4. Add two eyes that are flat on top.

  5. Draw a wavy mouth and nose.

  6. Add two large ears.

  7. Draw curves for shoulders.

  8. Add neck and arm lines inside.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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