How To Draw Dora
Dora's bracelet is drawn with
I'm going to show you how to draw Dora, from Dora the Explorer. Alright, the first thing to start with is her face, so we are going to do sort of an oval like that. If it's not quite big enough, you can always make it a little bit bigger later on, but we'll go with that for now. So the first thing, when you're drawing the oval, what you want to do is we want to work on the hair. So we come down here, just slightly outside the oval, and you're going to do a straight line right across, near the top part of the oval, which is going to be her fringe. Alright, and when you get towards the edge, you want to come down, so you're actually going just inside the end of your oval, you come down there and a line. From there, you're going to come up, and you're going to draw an M shape on the top of the head. So you're going to come up, you're going to come in, you're going to come back out there, and down the side. We're going to draw her arm here later so we're not going to bother continuing the hair down. So, we've got the basic shape of Dora's head and her hair. So before we do the fringe, we're going to work on the eyes. So her eyes, they're not actually in circles, so you want to come, sort of circle one side, and then you want to come down into like that, so there's sort of more or less like an egg lying on its side. They're that sort of shape and the same on the other one. And just put in a little mark for the nose. And for her mouth, put in a big smile and come around, a curvy line, and the line underneath. So we'll just put the detail in her eyes. We'll put her pupils in, so within the shape of the eyes that you've drawn, you want to do a circle, a complete circle, not going all the way to the bottom and you can touch it at the top but you want a slight gap at the bottom, and do the same in the other eye and just gently fill it in. And within sort of the middle, perhaps slightly to one side, within that, you want to do another circle, like so. Just shade it for the actual pupil of her eye, leaving a little white gap for the reflection of light. And you've got Dora's face. Just thicken it up slightly. Alright, now, we go back to the hair. Alright, you've got this piece on the side here where you've come up for the M shape. You want to come to the edge here and come back down to the edge of the circle you've drawn, because this is like the hair that goes around to the back of the neck. So, we just thicken that line up, and you've got that. Now, when we work on the fringe, you want to come along and you've got some sort of spaces perhaps where the hair hangs down above her eyes. So, you're just going to come up, and put an upside-down V pattern, then you come along to where the middle of the eyes are here and you're going to put another one, like that, and then come along the edge and up. And you've got the basic shape of Dora's face. Alright, I'll show you the hair in a few minutes, and for now, we're going to go into her body. So, you do a little mark there, like that, basically under her mouth, which is going to be her neck shape, and from that, then you're going to come around again, just kind of outside it for her t-shirt. And when you got the neck of the t-shirt done, you want to come down, just like a curvy line there, and down for a curvy line here. That is actually going to be the shape of her t-shirt coming down. But she's going to have one arm out to the side here, and one arm coming up here, so I'm going to start with the arm coming out to the side. I'm going to come out from, say, the collar on her t-shirt, and you're going to come in like that and then the other one, you're going to come up. You can only see part of this other arm because it's behind her face and you're going to come out and back towards the body. Once you've got those, we'll go to the arm up by her face first, and say if you come up level to where the outside of her eye is and you start there, that's going to be where her hand is going to come because it's partly covered by her face, and you want to come up for her thumb and just do like a little upside-down U shape. And you've got the fingers, so you're going to do it again, same sort of shape again. This one, you're going to have a slightly bigger gap between this finger and this one, so you want to have a bit of a space before you come up for the next. These two fingers we will do touching, so she's waving. And then, the last finger will come out like that, and you want a little mark for that hand, and then you follow that back in to the t-shirt, just sticking that finger up, like so, and then you just put a line in here down. Now, when you get to the other arm, you're going to come down and down there, and she wears a bracelet, so here in the middle, we'll do a circle, and another circle around it. So you want to do five circles around your initial circle, like so. That's going to be the middle of her bracelet. On the outside of that, you do two more circles, and that's the actual bracelet around the wrist. So all we're left now is for the hand at the bottom. So you're going to come out, and a little straight like that, and then we just got the four fingers to do. So, one's going to come down there, another one comes slightly off of it, because there's not much of a gap between the fingers, and another one there, another one there and then you just join it up with the bracelet. We're going to draw her with her backpack on so it's going to come over here, so we've got the t-shirt coming down here, and you've got her arm, so you're going to come in between the t-shirt and the arm, and you're going to come out with a line there and back in, and then come down touching to her stomach and a little line in there. There, you can see it a little better. There's a strap on her backpack and then on this one, you come just inside the line of the t-shirt and you come down and you draw like a rectangle shape, and then from that, you're going to come out from the body and draw a thicker line so you can see and back up. That is the strap of her backpack on the other side and just a little line there. If you're coming down, I'm only going to draw down to the bottom of her t-shirt, so if we join these two lines up, like that there, we can just fill in the little gap there and do some shading, which is part of the backpack that you can see behind her. So, that, basically, is Dora drawn. So all we need to do now is just shade in her hair, and then all we're left to do is put two little pieces of hair sticking up in the middle, and we have Dora the Explorer.
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