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Easy How to Draw an Elf Tutorial and Elf Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw an Elf and an Elf Coloring Page. He’s made from some pretty simple shapes that are easy to draw.

Elf Drawing

A drawing of an elf, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

Now your students can mix a little bit of body drawing practice with the holidays by learning how to draw an elf. This simple cartoon version has a basic human shape, but with an oversized head and pointy ears. And the great thing about drawing oversized heads is that it makes that cute face SO much easier to do.

This tutorial will walk students through drawing the symmetrical body and his colorful set of elf clothes. And those that wish to draw a girl elf can improvise on adding some more hair, or other accessories. This tutorial is not the one and only way to draw an elf, rather just a starting point for students to create their own.

Coloring tip: If coloring with crayons, try pressing extra hard on one side to create a little bit of a shadow. Or you are using markers, then an extra layer will do the trick too. The Stabilo® brand that I link to in my materials list do this shading trick really well.

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A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy elf, also available as a free download.

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How to Draw an Elf

Elf Coloring Page

Elf Coloring page, available as a free download.

Materials for an Elf Drawing

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!

Step by Step Directions to Draw an Elf

Time needed: 45 minutes.

Step by Step how to draw an Elf

  1. Draw the U shaped head.

  2. Add two pointy ears.

  3. Draw a hat with a bell.

  4. Draw the neck and collar.

  5. Add the elf shirt and cuffs

  6. Draw hands, legs and slippers.

  7. Add belt and leg stripes.

  8. Add eyes, nose, mouth and hair.

  9. Trace, color and add shadows.

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