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How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants and SpongeBob Coloring Page

 Learn how to draw SpongeBob, the star of Nickelodeon’s show SpongeBob SquarePants, with a step by step tutorial.

How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob drawing, colored with crayons

Did you know that SpongeBob SquarePants, an American animated comedy television series was created by a former marine science educator?

Stephen Hillenburg was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1961. He graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a degree in natural resource planning and became a marine biology teacher in Dana Point, California. In 1987, he pursued a career in animation and graduated with an experimental animation degree from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia in 1992.

The following year, he began working as a writer and director on Nickelodeon’s “Rocko’s Modern Life.” Stephen went on to work for the network full-time, producing his animated series that eventually became “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which debuted on May 1, 1999.

This tutorial will help young fans of SpongeBob draw him with all his goofy details. It helps to start with straight lines for the basic form, and then adding the wavy edges, so students get the best spongey-looking results.

How to Get Started

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing project is to show them how a couple of guides can really help as reference points.

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.

For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the top left corner of the SpongeBob’s body starts near the top the paper, and well to the left the center line. The body then continues to the right and fills up most of the top half of the paper.

Drawing skills are all about seeing where to place one’s lines, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.

Does that mean then that students need to draw a big fat lines down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.

And now, on to our drawing project.

Preview of the Step by Step SpongeBob Tutorial

How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob Coloring Page

Materials for How to Draw SpongeBob

  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • 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.

Directions for How to Draw SpongeBob Step by Step

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants in 9 Easy Steps

  1. Start the sponge drawing with a rectangle.

  2. Add the side of the rectangle.

  3. Extend the bottom for the shape of the pants.

  4. Draw the eyes and a mouth.

  5. Add the teeth, nose and the round texture shapes.

  6. Draw the wavy lines and the tie and belt shapes.

  7. Erase the straight lines and add the legs and shoes.

  8. Add the arms and a background horizon line.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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