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Remarkable Women: Easy How to Draw Maya Angelou and Maya Angelou Coloring Page

Learn how to draw Maya Angelou, an American poet, singer, and civil rights activist. Now it’s easy to add her likeness to any report or essay, and honor her amazing life.

how to draw Maya Angelou

My favorite quote of Ms. Angelou has to be, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.”

That just rings true to my experience with art, and I thank this woman for offering up so much wisdom in her lifetime. It’s my pleasure to share a new tutorial that will help students draw her portrait as closely to her real life image as can be.

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how to draw Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Coloring Page

how to draw Maya Angelou

Materials for How to Draw Maya Angelou

  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.

Step by Step Directions for How to Draw Maya Angelou

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw Maya Angelou

  1. Draw a large U shape.

  2. Add a slightly wavy hair line.

  3. Draw the outer edge of the hair and add lines.

  4. Add the ears, neck and shoulders.

  5. Draw two eyes with eyelids.

  6. Add two eyebrows and a nose.

  7. Add the lips and cheek lines.

  8. Draw “MAYA” in big block letters.

  9. Trace with a marker and color your drawing.

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