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Remarkable Women: How to Draw Malala

Learn how to draw Malala Yousafzai with this easy step by step tutorial. She is a Pakistani advocate who fights for women’s education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

How to Draw Malala
How to Draw Malala

Malala made it a mission in her young life to fight for human rights, especially the education of women and children. In her village in northwest Pakistan, local Pakistani Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her decision to take a stand and speak out against such laws nearly cost her her life.

After she recovered from an attack on a school bus, Yousafzai went on to become the subject of a documentary titled He Named Me Malala. Time magazine also named her several times as one of the most influential people in the world. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada. Her list of accomplishments go on and on!

Sure to be the subject of a few school studies these days, this tutorial will hopefully help students make a hand-drawn portrait of Malala, lovely scarf and all. It only takes a few lines to make those folds look real.

TIP: There’s a lovely, artsy book that would make a perfect intro to this project. It’s called “Malala’s Magic Pencil” and is about drawing and changing the world. (Note: That is an affiliate link. If you make a purchase, I will be compensated a small amount at no cost to you.)



Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw Malala

  1. Start with a large U shape.

  2. Add the parted hairline.

  3. Draw the top of the hair.

  4. Add two eyes on the center line.

  5. Draw the nose and mouth.

  6. Start the head scarf.

  7. Draw the edges under the chin.

  8. Finish the scarf and add her name.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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